The Opera Platform is launched - free, live and on demand

The Opera Platform aims to attract those who already love opera and those curious to try it for the first time.

The European Commission’s Creative Europe programme supports this new website created by a partnership led by Opera Europa, the European association of opera companies and festivals, with cultural broadcaster ARTE and fifteen opera companies: Austria: Wiener Staatsoper; Belgium: La Monnaie/De Munt Bruxelles; Finland: Finnish National Opera Helsinki; France: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra national de Lyon; Germany: Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Stuttgart; Italy: Teatro Regio Torino; Latvia: Latvian National Opera Riga; The Netherlands: Dutch National Opera Amsterdam; Norway: Den Norske Opera og Ballett Oslo; Poland: Teatr Wielki Opera Naradowa Warsaw; Spain: Teatro Real Madrid; United Kingdom: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera.  This multinational partnership opens new perspectives for opera’s reach in Europe and beyond.

The Opera Platformwill be available in three languages – English, French and German – and will offer free content, rich in information: full opera performances and extracts; synopses and background material; artist interviews and behind-the scenes documentaries.  The opera houses of Europe invite you to discover their archives and their current productions.

The European opera season of the platform will add at least one new opera per month, subtitled in six languages – English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish – and available on demand for six months.  New additional content will regularly enrich the offer.

The Opera Platformis launched with the live transmission from Madrid’s Teatro Real of Latraviata.  In May, further showcase operas will include Król Roger from Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Kullervo from Finnish National Opera Helsinki and Valentina from Latvian National Opera Riga.

The Opera Platformcomes to life for the celebration of the ninth edition of the European Opera Days, under this year’s theme ‘Opera alive and online’.


Programme of the opening six months


8 May

Launch of The Opera Platform

Live transmission from Teatro Real de Madrid of La traviata de Verdi, conducted by Renato Palumboand directed byDavid McVicar, with Ermonela Jaho, Francesco Demuro and Juan Jesús Rodríguez

Rich content already available including Die Zauberflöte from Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and many other videos from other contributing opera companies drawn from across the membership of Opera Europa.


16 May

Live transmission from Royal Opera House Covent Garden of Król Rogerby KarolSzymanowski, conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Kasper Holten, with
Mariusz Kwiecień, Georgia Jarman and SaimirPirgu


23 May

Transmission from Finnish National Opera Helsinki of Kullervo by Jean Sibelius, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste  and directed by Tero Saarinen


30 May

Transmission from Latvian National Opera Riga of Valentina by Arturs Maskats, conducted by Modestas Pitrenas  and directed by Viesturs Kairish


7 June

Live transmission from Wiener Staatsoper of Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with Evelyn Herlitzius, Stephen Gould, Falk Struckmann, Boaz Daniel and Caroline Wenborne


8 July

Live transmission from Festival d’Aix-en-Provence of Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted by Jérémie Rhorer and directed by Martin Kušej, with Jane Archibald, Rachele Gilmore, Daniel Behle, David Portillo, Albert Pesendorfer and Tobias Moretti



Focus on Festivals dedicated to and founded by composers, including features on Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro and Britten’s Aldeburgh Festival



Focus on Norway : new horizons for opera
Transmission from Den Norske Opera og Ballett of La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen and directed by Stefan Herheim, with Marita Sølberg, Jennifer Rowley, Diego Torre and Vasilij Ladjuk




Focus on Italy: birthplace of opera
Aida from Teatro Regio Torino conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by William Friedkin