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International partners

Operadagen Rotterdam closely collaborates with various international partner organisations.

Opera Europa

Opera Europa is an international network of European opera houses and festivals. Twice a year, Opera Europa organises meetings for European opera houses. The second meeting is set up around middle sized companies and festivals and takes place during Operadagen Rotterdam on Tuesday 22 May, Wednesday 23 May and Thursday 24 May in Oude Luxor Theater.

The participants will experience a diverse programme, consisting of plenary sessions, workshops, and discussions. At night they will attend performances at Operadagen Rotterdam. The full programme will be announced at the end of March. Would you like to attend the meeting? Please visit and enlist.

Pro Helvetia

A delegation of Pro Helvetia, an organization supporting Swiss arts and culture, will be present at Operadagen Rotterdam from 22 through 25 May. Together with Pro Helvetia, we present a special programme around Swiss Music theatre makers during Operation Music Theatre. A selection of different makers present their work and companies. Get to know them, their work and your possibilities in Switzerland.

FEDORA Platform

The FEDORA Platform acts as a European hub promoting innovative and hybrid opera and ballet co-productions, created by emerging artists from diverse disciplines and attracting new audiences. The platform is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Operadagen Rotterdam is an official Platform Member.

FEDORA – GENERALI Prize for Opera
With the yearly FEDORA – GENERALI Prize for Opera, the organisation awards new opera creations of excellence. The general audience can allow for the most-voted project to be nominated and have access to crowdfunding. Three co-productions of Operadagen Rotterdam made it to the shortlist: Harriet, Prisoner of the state and We, the drowned.

You can follow FEDORA on InstagramFacebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to explore their activities and artistic projects.

Creative Europe

This programme of the European Union is set up to stimulate the audio-visual, cultural, and creative sectors in Europe and it wants to guarantee cultural and linguistic diversity.

Classical: NEXT

From May 16 through May 19 de Doelen hosts a next edition of Clasical:Next: the biggest conference for classical music in the world. Part of the conference is the public festival Seriously? Adventures in Music on May 17 and May 18. Adventurous ensembles and musicians present today’s music. More info:

Music Theatre NOW

Following a successful staging in 2016, Music Theatre NOW – an initiative of International Theatre Institute, will return to Operadagen Rotterdam in 2019. The international competition will see the most talked-about new music theatre work of the past three years selected. Approximately 500 music theatre makers from over 50 countries participate in each edition. The 10 winning companies will present themselves at Operadagen Rotterdam and Shanghai China International Arts Festival in 2019. Would you like to partake? Apply before June 30 2018.


Operadagen Rotterdam realizes co-productions with Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam and the Flemish music theatre group Muziektheater Transparant. The cooperation with Muziektheater Transparant is supported by the Flemish Community.

International festivals

Co-productions of Operadagen Rotterdam can be seen at fetivals around the world, for example Prototype (New York City), Sonica (Glasgow) and  Beijing International Music Festival.

Operadagen Rotterdam is engaged in a multiyear collaboration with the Flemish music theatre festival Opera21.


Operadagen Rotterdam 2018 proudly carries the EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe)-Label. The label is employed by the European Festivals Association for leading opera festivals in Europe.

Festival Monte al Mare

The first edition of the festival Mamif took place in the Italian village Servigliano from 14 through 17 September 2017. The festival is a collaboration between Operadagen Rotterdam and various partners from the Italian province of Marche. Well-known artists from the Netherlands performed including Claron McFadden and Nora Fischer. A larger version of Mamif was planned for 2016 but a series of destructive earthquakes made this impossible. Operadagen Rotterdam will use the proceeds of the first edition to support the stricken area and facilitate a fully-fledged festival edition in the future. The second edition is in August 2018.