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Talk Time for Radical Thinking

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Genre: Event with live subtitles


Time for Radical Thinking: What can and should opera be and how might we build it together?

An Open Space Online event with Royal Opera House and Improbable

In the wake of recent events, the global pandemic, the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matters protests, the impending climate catastrophe – is there an imperative to re-invent opera, or at least the way it is made and who makes it?

Times of turbulence and upheaval can act as a catalyst to speed up necessary change and drive new ways of thinking and doing. Collaboration, breadth and diversity of voice is essential to this. Imagine together how to build the future so that there is space for artistic risk and experimentation, for artists to lead, to harness creativity and ideas to not only reflect current society, but to show possibilities for a more equal, sustainable future.

Understand and embrace that from the smallest to the largest, individuals to organisations, composers to stage managers, designers to singers, conductors to producers to directors, and everyone that works on making opera across the United Kingdom, every part of this ecosystem is vital for a healthy and resilient sector and to create work that continues to connect deeply with our audiences.

It is a difficult and uncertain time for the sector and it might feel impossible to make space for big thinking – but change is needed and if not now, when?

How do you image the future of opera? What needs to happen to make that possible? What is the sector doing right? What is the sector doing wrong? What do you/we need in the short medium and long term? Who is missing from the conversation? Who can we learn from? What can you offer? Which questions should we all be asking? Could this be a time for radical transformation? 

Event details

Tue 7 Jul 2020, 2:00pm

Live subtitles (remote) by Stagetext

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Venue details

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council