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  • What is NewOp/NonOp?
  • When's the next NewOp/NonOp meeting?
  • Is this "www.newopnonop.org"?
  • Other NewOp/NonOp pages

  • "Music-Theater Defined" by Eric Salzman
  • "Opera Houses Under Fire" by Lukas Pairon
  • "NewOp Doo Wop", theme song of the NewOp/NonOp meetings, by Barry Drogin
  • What is NewOp/NonOp?

    Started under the unwieldy name of "The International Meeting of Small-Scale Contemporary Music-Theatre and Opera," abritrarily renamed under a few related names and just as arbitrarily renamed, NewOp/NonOp is a yearly meeting of artists and professionals involved in evolving music-theatre and opera forms. Annual attendance is limited to one hundred ten participants who pay their travel, room and board, as well as a registration fee to attend. Artistic directors, directors, conductors, singers, composers, musicians, designers, etc. are all welcome to attend and take part.

    Originally an initiative of Dragan Klaic (1950-2011, of Netherlands Theatre Institute) and Lukas Pairon (Ictus and, at the time, Walpurgis, Belgium), NewOp/NonOp was first held in Brussels in 1992, Antwerp in 1993, Colmar in 1994, by Autumn Leaf Performance in Toronto in 1995 and Copenhagen in 1996. The 6th NewOp/NonOp was organized in Cambridge in 1997, locally hosted by the British music theatre network OMTF and Eastern Touring Agency. NewOp/NonOp7 was organized by the Dutch Theater Institute (Theater Instituut Nederland) in Amsterdam in 1998. NewOp/NonOp8, in 1999, was hosted by Pauline Vaillancourt and Chants Libres in Montreal, Canada. NewOp/NonOp9, hosted by the Vlaams Theater Instituut, returned to the city of its founding as part of the Brussels 2000 celebration. NewOp/NonOp10 was organized in 2001 in Oslo, Norway, by Glenn Erik Haugland, Michael McCarthy and the Norwegian Society of Composers, the Norwegian MIC and the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. In 2002, NewOp/NonOp11 took place in Vienna, Austria, hosted and organised by WUK Theater in collaboration with Festival Wien Modern and ZOON Musiktheater. NewOp/NonOp12 in 2003 was sponsored by Rotterdamse Schouwburg in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and the final NewOp/NonOp13 in 2004 was sponsored by Festival D'opera de Butxaca i Noves Creacions in Barcelona, Spain.

    The following quote is from the co-founders:

    "A growing number of artists and professionals are investing talent, time, a lot of money and even more passion and dreams in new forms of opera and music theatre. One often works in the shadow of the great tradition and old creative and production models with limitations that became obvious long ago. Many artists now strive for alternatives, for inventive solutions, positive feedback, partnership, companionship, even synergy to appear from resources brought together.
    At the end of the millennium there is a renewed focus on opera and music theatre as forms that resurrect the aspiration to syncretism that lies in the origins of the stage arts. New media and technologies open challenging possibilities but not without considerable risks. The globalisation of the performing arts offer new solutions for what has always been a very international endeavor. New subject matter and some old motives are interwoven in librettos absorbing the dramaturgical transitions of the last decade. The functions of composer, dramaturg, director, and producer are all open for reexamination."

    When's the next NewOp/NonOp meeting?

    No future NewOp/NonOp meetings are scheduled or planned.

    Is this "www.newopnonop.org"?

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  • The page is maintained by Barry Drogin.

    Other NewOp/NonOp pages

  • "Music-Theater Defined" by Eric Salzman
  • "Opera Houses Under Fire" by Lukas Pairon
  • "NewOp Doo Wop", theme song of the NewOp/NonOp meetings, by Barry Drogin
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