Opera Days and Music Theatre NOW Network

The Music Theatre NOW Network seeks to initiate or coordinate activities in the world of musical theatre. The Network is conducting a worldwide competition called Music Theatre NOW Competition, hosted by Operadagen Rotterdam 2016.

The Music Theatre NOW Network of ITI is committed to the artistic development of music theatre worldwide. From experimental projects to productions in opera houses, the committee embraces all forms of music theatre including hybrid theatrical forms where music is a crucial and indispensable aspect in the performance. The committee takes a special interest in music theatre outside of the Western European tradition and in contemporary work which reflects these other traditions.The Network is a democratic body, in which the ideals of UNESCO concerning the acknowledgment of cultural diversity and exchange of ideas end knowledge between people and nations are highly esteemed.

The committee's main task is dissemination of information and audience education with the goal of raising audience awareness of music theatre around the globe. Through its ever-expanding network, the Music Theatre NOW Network seeks to facilitate the production and presentation of music theatre, and the organization of cooperation and exchange of productions among producers.

Committee members are ITI members whose professional work is directly related to the creation, production or presentation of music theatre. The group includes directors, composers, dramaturges and producers of opera and music theatre from all over the world.

About Music Theatre NOW
Organized in cooperation with ITI Germany, 'Music Theatre NOW' consists of three elements: an international competition for the best music theatre productions of the past years, a meeting where winning productions are shown on video and discussed. It also involves the creation of an 'International Web Archive of New Music Theatre'. 'Music Theatre NOW Meeting' was first held in 2008 at Radialsytem V in Berlin, where 18 productions were presented. In 2013 the winnners of the competiton in 2012 met in Jönköping Sweden.
The next edition of the Music Thetare NOW Competition will take place in 2015. Productions that have premiered between July 2012 and June 2015 can be entered.

The Music Theater NOW Meeting will take place 26-28 May 2016, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, hosted by the festival Operadagen Rotterdam.

Board members
Guy COOLEN, Belgium, president (artistic director Operadagen Rotterdam)
Laura BERMAN, Switzerland
Roland QUITT, Germany
Axel TANGERDING, Germany
Nick Rongjun YU, PR China

Honorary member
Danny YUNG, Hong Kong