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Opéra d'été

Opéra d'Été (Summer Opera): Paris National Opera signs a partnership agreement with the Association des Maires de France (Association of French Mayors) to reach out towards new audiences throughout the country.

Always eager to reach wider audiences and in a spirit of cultural democratization, in August 2013, the Paris Opera launched a new, experimental initiative with the title Opéra d’été .
L’Opéra a ainsi remis gracieusement à des communes la captation d’un de ses spectacles sur support numérique afin que ce dernier soit diffusé gratuitement sur grand écran et en plein air pendant l’été.

Participating communities were thus given, free of charge, the digital video recording of a Paris Opera production for a free open air screening during the summer. Two screenings of the opera Carmen, filmed at the Opéra Bastille in December 2012, took place: in La Baule on 10th August in the Parc des Dryades and in Bayonne on 16th August in the municipal Arena. Each of these evenings met with great success and, in emblematic settings, a total of 5,000 spectators watched these high-quality screenings free of charge.

On the strength of this success and in view of the enthusiasm of these two municipalities, the Paris Opera would like to give other communities the opportunity to take part in the project Opéra d'Été in 2014.

Naturally, the Paris Opera turned to the Association des Maires de France with whom a partnership agreement was signed on 1st October 2013 at a special reception held at the Opéra Bastille.
The Association des Maires de France would therefore like to invite its members to apply for the opportunity to hold a screening next summer of one of the productions recorded at the Paris National Opera, notably: Carmen (Georges Bizet), Aïda (Giuseppe Verdi), Don Quixote (Rudolf Noureev) ou bien encore La Belle au bois dormant (Rudolf Noureev).

Nicolas Joel, director of the Paris National Opera, declared, "With Opéra d'Été, the Paris National Opera is going out to meet new spectators in their holiday locations. The Paris Opera belongs to everyone: that's why we want to make it available to all. I am delighted by this collaboration with the Association des Maires de France, a legitimate and dynamic partner, in direct contact with our communities and who shares our desire to develop an ever more democratic approach to opera and ballet."

Jacques Pélissard, president of the Association des Maires de France, has stated, "The AMF is honoured by a partnership with such a prestigious cultural institution. This initiative can only help to make opera better known throughout the country. This remarkable democratization of an art-form often considered as elitist, takes works hitherto reserved for Parisian audiences to the rest of the country."

Those communities interested in this project must present a dossier showing that they satisfy the technical requirements. Applications should also include:
a description of the projected location for the screening (size, seating capacity, layout etc.)
a provisional date between 15th July and 30th August 2014
the name of the work chosen from the list proposed by the Opera.

Download the list of technical requirements