The Opera Platform

Friday 8 May 2015, the online community discovered a new platform entirely dedicated to opera It 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 Platform is available in three languages – English, French and German – and offers 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 is regularly enrich the offer.

What's coming up in the next months?

 24 September - Season opens with the live transmission of Teatro Real's new production by David Alden of Verdi's Otello. The fine cast is led by Gregory Kunde and Ermonela Jaho. 

27 September - The Opera Platform continues with a new production by David Bösch of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, offered live from Dutch National Opera. Ivor Bolton conducts a cast led by Stéphane Degout, Eleonora Buratto, Alex Esposito and Christiane Karg who will make her DNO début as Susanna.

7 October - Opéra de Lyon’s contribution in October offers works that are seldom shown, with as main feature Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, also directed by David Bösch and conducted by Alejo Perez. Other great additions from Lyon include productions of Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna and Schoenberg’s Von Heute auf Morgen, both conducted by Bernhard Kontarsky and directed by John Fulljames. 

21 October - Puccini’s great story of youth and love returns live to The Opera Platform with Teatro Regio Torino’s La bohème, starring Irina Lungu as Mimi in a production led by Alex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus, under the baton of Music Director Gianandrea Noseda. This new staging is created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the world premiere of the opera in Torino in 1896.

3 November - Polish National Opera continues its focus on late 19th century Polish repertoire with a live performance from Warsaw of their new production of Żeleński’s Goplana, directed by Janusz Wiśniewski and conducted by Grzegorz Nowak.

9 November - The Royal Opera House offers a live stream of their new production of Shostakovich’s Nose directed by Barrie Kosky in his Covent Garden début and conducted by Ingo Metzmacher.

23 December - La Monnaie brings Golden Cockerel live from Brussels, conducted by Alain Altinoglu in his first production as the Brussels’ opera’s new Music Director. This Rimsky-Korsakov’s Pushkin-inspired opera is staged by Laurent Pelly, director of the year at the International Opera Awards. 


There are still many full length operas to choose from but the clock is ticking so don't miss out:

  • Parsifal by Richard Wagner from Wiener Staatsoper
  • Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini from Latvian National Opera & Ballet
  • Reigen by Philippe Boesmans from Oper Stuttgart Berlin
  • The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky from Dutch National Opera & Ballet
  • Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky from Garsinton Opera
  • In Parenthesis by Iain Bell from Welsh National Opera
  • Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi from Latvian National Opera & Ballet
  • Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy from Festival d'Aix en Provence

The Opera Platform offers opera lovers and curious web-surfers a carefully curated European Opera Season, bringing the best of what European opera companies have to offer for the enjoyment of all – free, live and on demand.