Still Committed: A Look Back at the RESEO Conference 2022

20 December, 2022

The RESEO Conference 2022 took place from 29 September to 1 October in partnership with the Opéra Comique and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, with thanks to the team at the Éducation et Ressources department of the Philharmonie de Paris.


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“Two years apart due to a health crisis that strongly impacted the cultural sector and its work with the public. A crisis made up of multiple episodes and varied scenarios, that we weathered using sometimes unsuspected resources of inventiveness, adaptability, and creativity, sometimes with resistance and resignation, but at the cost of a fatigue and a weariness that we can still feel today.

Culture and creativity foster social integration, learning, creation of meaning, and self-realization.
Nowadays, there are cultural outreach and audience development departments in the vast majority of European cultural institutions, that combine creativity, experimentation and innovation with participation, inclusion and diversity. 

Faced with the current social, political and ecological upheavals, what are the strategies or priorities of our sector? Over the course of three days, we attempted to answer these questions.” 

Frédérique Tessier, RESEO Chair

Arts Education: Facing New Challenges

Keynote by François Matarasso, artist, writer and researcher

If Opera is going to connect with people in the 21st-century it must change as they are changing. Since 2020, The Traction project has been researching new ideas in opera co-creation with marginalised communities in Barcelona, Portugal, and Ireland.

François Matarasso shared some of the early findings of this ambitious EU project work and suggest some ways in which the lessons could be applied. More about François:

Round table: Reinventing Ourselves for the Future

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Stéphanie Deporcq, General Director, enoa

enoa is a European network of opera academies that supports opera artists in the development of their professional careers.

Edilia Gänz, Director, FEDORA

As an association of philanthropists from all over Europe, FEDORA brings together opera and ballet enthusiasts who share a vision of excellence.

Nicholas Payne, Director, Opera Europa

Opera Europa is an international service organization for professional opera companies and opera festivals in Europe.

Frédérique Tessier, Chair, RESEO

Moderated by Katie Watts, Research and Publications Coordinator, On the Move.

Case studies: Culture and Climate Change

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Margot Lallier, Director of Arts Education, Outreach and Audiences  at the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles and founding member of ARVIVA – Arts Vivants Arts Durables

Sophie Briard, Head of Audience Engagement, La Monnaie/De Munt with the Green Opéra project and Bernard Foccroulle’s Cassandra

Maria Dos Santos, Producer, Companhia de Música Teatral with Aguário

Moderated by Isabelle Moindrot, Professor of Theatre Studies, Université Paris 8 and member of the Institut Universitaire de France, who support her study “Opera and Climate Change”


Exchange with the winners of the FEDORA Education Prizes

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Moderated by Müge Naz Altay, Funding Programmes Manager, FEDORA, and Vania Cauzillo, Artistic Director, L’Albero

2021 | Platform-K with “Dance training with people with a disability”

Inge Lattre, Artistic coordinator

2020 | Birmingham Opera Company, Going for Gold

Richard Willacy, General Director

2019 | Greek National Opera with Co-OPERAtive

Ann-Kristin Sofroniou, Associated artist, Education and Audience Participation Department

Project presentations

La Décision (Die Massnahme), Agathe Dignac, Head of educational and participatory concerts, Philharmonie de Paris

Opéra-Comique: Presentation of the inclusion and accessibility policy for people with disabilities through the lens of two programmes: Relax and Notre Café Marais by Lucie Martinez, Head of Cultural Outreach, and Laure Salefranque, Vice-general Secretary and Communication Manager

Furieux rituel pour choeur citoyen, L’Isoloir and (Eine) Winterreise, presented by Sarah Théry and Claire Pasquier, Co-directors of Le Collectif Meute

Shared reflexion session with enoa (European Network of Opera Academies)

Moderated by Sophie Meicler, Communication and Press Officer, enoa

Reflection session on cultural outreach training

Moderated by Vania Cauzillo, Artistic Director, Compagnia Teatrale l’Albero

The results of the brainstorming session contributed to the research of the international scientific community at the conference “Les Médiations de la musique” in Montreal in October.

Production Space

An opportunity to present projects or productions under development, to look for partners or simply to exchange.

Ongoing Projects Forum

Moderated by Birgitte Holt Nielsen, Producer & Artistic Director, Figaros Culture Centre, and Krysztina Winkel, Head of Outreach & Education, Vienna State Opera.

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Mind the Gap: Arts Education and Digital Inclusion

Mind the Gap is an international research project funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme, inspired by the creativity and resourcefulness of arts education professionals during the Covid-19 crisis.

Knowledge hubMind the Gap” presented by James Bingham, Studio and Outreach Producer, Irish National Opera, Géraldine Aliberti, Artistic Director & Clément Pierkiel, Administrator, Les Clés de l’écoute. 

Traction  – Digital technology: an ally for problem solving in participatory art presented by Mikel Zorrilla, Media and Communications Director, Vicomtech, and Bruno Homem, Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos.

t@lenschool – La musique se joue en numérique présenté par Marie Onofrio, Head of Arts Education, Les Talens Lyriques.

Parallel workshops on using immersive technology to bring new audiences to opera, music and dance.

Berlioz Trip Orchestra animé par Clément Pierkiel, Administrator, Les Clés de l’écoute and Camille Girard, head of cultural outreach and regional concert distribution, Orchestre National Avignon-Provence Mind the Gap case study.

Opera Play, Géraldine Aliberti, Artistic Director, Les Clés de l’écoute and Frédérique Moullet, Education Manager, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

t@lenschoolLa musique se joue en numérique, Marie Onofrio, Head of Arts Education, Les Talens Lyriques.

Traction – How to involve prisoners in the co-creation of an opera? moderated by Mikel Zorrilla, Media and Communications Director, Vicomtech, and Bruno Homem, Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos.


Outreach in the training of professional artists
Introduction to the various outreach education and training methods for student dancers and musicians today at the Conservatoire

Smart Composer – Focus on Composer Professionalisation and Entrepreneurship

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The EU SMART Composer Project gives institutions and educators a method by which they can provide necessary professionalisation training for composers. With Omar Shahryar, project manager, Birgitte Holt Nielsen, Producer and Artistic Director, Figaros Culture Centre, Chris Stones, Glyndebourne, Ela Zingerevich, Director, Almighty Productions and Mikko Laamanen, associate professor, EM Lyon Business School. Find out more about the project.

Member case studies: Projects involving young artists and professionals in cultural outreach

Au Grand Air and Programme artiste-relais by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Marie-Laure Stéphan and Frédérique Moullet, Passerelles socio-artistic department, Festival Aix-en-Provence, and Violaine Fournier, Artistic Director, Cie Minute Papillon.

Les Bains de Forêts Musicaux, Camille Villanove in partnership with the Festival des Forêts.

Opera BOX and Let’s Create Opera! Azusa Hemmi and Sayaka Sato, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Choeur Citoyen – participatory workshop by the Collectif de la Meute

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