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2015 Banff Opera Colloquium: Collaborations for Change

July 17-19, 2015

Registration opening soon! 
Since 2005, the bi-annual Banff Opera Colloquium has brought together artistic and general directors, marketing and development staff, board volunteers and artists to share information, challenges, and opportunities and to develop a richer understanding of the field.  This year’s program Collaborations for Change promises to be a lively gathering for members of the Canadian opera community including both the established and emerging opera sector.
Collaborations for Change follows and builds upon our last colloquium in Vancouver which focussed on growing the sector’s capacity for co-productions.  Through the broader theme of Collaboration, we will explore:
partnerships between traditional, new works companies, emerging/indie companies
opportunities for opera presentation, touring, and second stage development
• the role of mentorship and residencies
cross-discipline and cross-sectoral collaborations  
As in the past, we will also feature a special track for opera company board members to come together and share knowledge, challenges and issues facing the sector from a governance perspective.
The colloquium presents an opportunity to share the on-going development of our new strategic plan. We will be presenting the draft plan at the start of the Colloquium on Friday afternoon, with an opportunity for feedback from members.
This year’s colloquium also coincides with the Open Space summer opera program, an innovative collaboration between the Banff Centre, Canadian Opera Company and Against the Grain Theatre.  This year’s program includes a new opera, Crush by James Rolfe and Anna Chatterton, and A Little Too Cosy, a “transladaptation” of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte by Against the Grain’s Joel Ivany.
Travel subsidies are available and registration is opening soon. For more information, contact