The International Conference on Contemporary Opera and Musical Theatre
Creation, Voice and New Technology

Eight International Symposium
Contemporary Opera and Music Theatre:
Creation, Voice and New Technology

The conference’s activities revolve around the theme of work in progress. Encounters and workshops explore how a new lyric work develops. What are the stages in the genesis of a work? What are the pitfalls? Are there multiple angles to the creation of a work (the libretto, the music, the performer, technological research, etc.)?

To start the discussion, we’ll give an important place to on-stage presentations of works in development.


November 10 to 13, 1999
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal


New Op 8 is presented in cooperation with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, with the support of the Semaine de la musique québécoise pour la voix (organized by SQRM), Opera America (Washington, USA), the service organization for creative artists working in opera and music theatre throughout North America, the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts (ISEA) and the Dutch and Austrian Embassies.


On the initiative of Lukas Pairon, General Manager of the Walpurgis opera company in Belgium, and Dragan Klaic, Director of the Theater Institute in the Netherlands, the New Op conference was created in 1992, bringing together opera companies from over 20 countries.

The initiative arose from a clear need on the part of creative companies to come together to address the specific needs and realities of opera creation. The event aims to encourage the exchange of ideas and projects.


The conference provides a forum for members of the international community  who are directly involved in the development of new forms  of opera and music theatre, promoting the progress of the discipline. The conference is also designed to heighten appreciation for contemporary works and discuss problems related to creation, production, and outreach activities.