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The European Opera Centre is funded with support from the European Commission and The Royal Bank of Scotland

The European Opera Centre has two broad aims

 to offer a professional pathway helping talented Europeans from education to employment in opera

 to develop audiences for opera across Europe, including in places where opera is rarely performed

It is one of a handful of organizations directly funded by the European Union and designated cultural ambassador  Certain organizations and activities are identified as having the potential to represent European culture as ‘cultural ambassadors’ because of their influence in the cultural field at European level - currently the only one for opera

It takes an innovative and modern approach to training. Successful candidates receive both practical experience in imaginative projects of international standing, and expert guidance. The Centre works through a series of projects leading to performance, whether in fully staged opera productions or in the recording studio. To help singers reach the highest possible professional standard, the Centre also runs an annual intensive training programme 

Many trainees have successfully gone on to secure high quality employment in European opera houses

The European Opera Centre has been invited to perform at a range of high-profile celebratory events

Europe Day

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Liverpool, European Capital of Culture

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

The first Europe Day Concert in London was given by the European Opera Centre and European Union Youth Orchestra.  Conducted by Laurent Pillot, the same team performed and recorded Liszt’s only opera Don Sanche for the EU's Hungarian Presidency

Liszt’s Don Sanche was repeated at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam to close the European Heritage Awards Ceremony presented by Europa Nostra and to honour Europa Nostra's President, Plácido Domingo, in his 70th birthday year

The European Opera Centre opened its home city’s year as European Capital of Culture with a new production in a new edition of Donizetti’s Emilia di Liverpoolthe first staging of the original version of the opera since the première in Naples in 1824

European Opera Centre singers travelled to Canada to perform Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the Centre's Honorary President, Kent Nagano. These performances created a special opening for the orchestra's season

Bryn Terfel as Scarpia with singers from the European Opera Centre

Bryn Terfel as ScarpiaYoung European Opera Centre artists from Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia took part in performances of Tosca with an international cast led by Bryn Terfel. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic was conducted by Vasily Petrenko for sold-out performances

The Centre's next performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic will be in July 2014. A new production of Così fan tutte directed by Bernard Rozet will be given in Liverpool in the spectacular setting of St George's Hall Concert Room. The cast of European Opera Centre singers will have the benefit of guidance from Dame Felicity Lott. The three performances on 9, 11 and 13 July will be conducted by Laurent Pillot   

 Photo Mark McNulty