Rhinegold Ella Marchment: Thinking up new ways of creating operas online

Owen Mortimer

Build your own opera at home with #OperaHarmony

3:29, 1st April 2020

A new initiative, #OperaHarmony, is hoping to assemble teams from across the globe to create new homemade ‘micro-operitas’ to be shared online. Composers will be paired with librettists to build the pieces before being matched with directors and singers to record and turn their micro-opera into an online reality.

The initiative comes from Ella Marchment, director, teacher, and founder of the Helios Collective which has devised opera-based events and workshops, including commissioning new operas involving more than 1,500 artists. She is also stage director of the International Opera Awards (postponed to September 2020) and  has worked with major opera companies including Dutch National Opera and the Wexford Festival. 

Asked what inspired her to set up #OperaHarmony, Marchmont said: ‘My interest in commissioning originated from a desire to give artists a step onto the career ladder but, in this situation where we now have no apparent stage and are all in the same boat, the idea is to create networks between all those invested in creating opera and plant the seed for new professional relationships that have the potential to grow further once we are out of this situation. #OperaHarmony began with a Facebook post and I have been overwhelmed by the response of artists from around the world. I now understand its potential to unite, connect and stimulate creativity across the entire opera industry.’




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