Immersive residencies – for artists without significant opera experience

The ENOA network is aware of the urgent need for the opera world to take part in a necessary culture shift by opening its institutions to equalize access, better diversity and achieve true inclusion.

Their hope with the immersive residency program is to open enoa institutions’ doors to a wider and diverse pool of talented artists to enrich the opera landscape with new narratives and aesthetics.

With this aim, the enoa network offers support, mentorship and mobility through a tailor-made residency for artists without significant opera experience.



• An artist highly interested in the development of opera creation / interdisciplinary musical and artistic forms

• An experienced artist in any artistic field (jazz, theatre, dance, poetry, visual art, literature, etc.)

• An artist without significant opera experience

• Applicants must be professional creators. Performers are welcome but should apply as project leader or creator

• No age limit

• European based

• English comprehension

The enoa network is actively seeking to support artists currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons.


• Structured relationship up to 18 months with an enoa institution to have access and insight into the opera world while benefiting from their host artistic and cultural networks

• Four-day kick-off workshop at LOD muziektheater dedicated to opera creation for all the immersive residency programme fellows

• Mentoring sessions and coaching by an expert, an artist or a representative of the institution

• Personalized support provided by a referent in the institution to regularly identify the needs and organize all the actions and meetings

• Possibilities to attend enoa workshops to reflect on opera creation, gain technical and artistic skills and foster career development

• Possibilities to build a professional network by meeting the enoa members and having several opportunities to meet and network with the other immersive programme fellows

• Support to understand the best way to pitch and talk about one’s own work. Optional opportunity to pitch project to members

• Mobility grant



• Four-day kick-off workshop – 16 – 19 February 2021  (at LOD muziektheater, depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 health situation)

• Residency – between February 2021 and May 2022 (period and length to be defined with the hosting institution)


There are 8 open residency opportunities in total:

• Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – 2 positions

• Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – 1 position

• Snape Maltings – 2 positions

• Fondation Operosa – 2 positions

• LOD muziektheater – 1 position


Financial support

A mobility grant up to 5 700€ which will cover travel, accommodation and food to:

• attend the kick-off workshop

• visit the hosting institution (in case the artist was not local based)

• meet artists and professionals

• attend enoa workshops



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Published on:
24 Nov 2020


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