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#BAJMT Spotlight Series – International Perspectives on Innovative Music Theatre for Young People (1/4) 

Opera Without Borders

Barbara Minghetti (Teatro Sociale di Como)  


Is opera still alive? Is opera really necessary? 

We live in a time which, more than ever, requires theatre to become a cultural centre for all, a house for all the different citizens who live in our cities. Opera holds the potential to address a large audience, to connect people and to facilitate inclusion. In order to achieve this result, opera needs to be more accessible in different directions, adaptively opening itself to the city and its various communities. 

Against the backdrop of her daily work as Director of Teatro Sociale di Como, Barbara Minghetti presents her humanistic notion of music theatre as an overarching relational project that fosters participation across all generations. 


About the #BAJMT Spotlight Series: 

In this online series, the #BAJMT (Federal Academy for Young Music Theatre) presents professionals from all over the world who share their expertise on conceptual, institutional and artistic approaches to music theatre for and with young people. The featured projects, institutions, and outreach programs serve as inspirational examples, providing new insights into the field of young music theatre from different local and cultural perspectives. 

On a weekly basis, our Spotlight Series features presentations and invites discussion on the following aims and challenges: 

  • the engagement and empowerment of young individuals and underserved communities 
  • the promotion of cross-cultural understanding and exchange  
  • the conception and maintenance of effective music theatre education and outreach programs 
  • financial aspects 

The invited experts are involved in artistic practice, music theatre education and outreach from a wide array of backgrounds, ranging from institutions to the independent scene and featuring permanent as well as temporary programs and projects.  

Here are our dates and experts at one glance: 

June 7, 7 p.m.: Barbara Minghetti (Teatro Sociale di Como) – Opera Without Borders 

June 14, 7 p.m.: Ann-Kristin Sofroniou & Michalis Moschoutis (Greek National Opera) – CoOPERAtive: An Intercultural and Collaborative Opera Hub for Young People 

June 21, 7 p.m.: Madré Loubser (Cape Town Opera) – The Route of the Solution: Towards Equitable Music Theatre Education 

July 5, 7 p.m.: Regina Lux-Hahn (Kinderopernhaus Berlin) – Decentralised Music Theatre Education Within Institutional Frameworks


Zielgruppe/Target Group:
Personen mit beruflichem und persönlichen Interesse an Gedanken- und Wissensaustausch zu Musiktheater und seiner Vermittlung

People with a professional and personal interest in the exchange of ideas and knowledge about music theater and its mediation

Die Teilnahme ist kostenfrei

Participation is free of charge

Zusatzinformationen/Further Information:
Die Online-Serie wird in englischer Sprache durchgeführt.
Der Workshop findet online statt. Es wird das Programm »Zoom« verwendet. Wir empfehlen, dass die Teilnehmer*innen das Programm vor Kursbeginn installieren und testen.

The online series will be held in English.
The workshop takes place online, zoom will be used. We recommend that participants install and test the program before the course begins.




Kursnummer: 230607
Mi 07.06.2023 19:00 bis Mi 07.06.2023 20:30




Barbara Minghetti

Barbara Minghetti was born in Milan in 1964. She directs the Teatro Sociale di Como and has also held a senior position at AsLiCo (Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana) 2008 to 2017. A major focus of her professional activity is cultural mediation, especially in the field of opera, concert and drama, which she perceives as living elements of society. Many of her innovative cultural projects have involved the public and led to the integration of new notions and concepts of music theatre in educational curricula. She co-founded the European network reseo, which is dedicated to the promotion and further training in the field of music theatre-related pedagogical projects and methods on a European level. Barbara Minghetti is the only Italian member of the board of Opera Europa, an association of more than 150 European opera houses and festivals in 36 countries. Since 2015, she has also worked as a consultant for project development and innovation at the Teatro Regio di Parma. In 2014, she received the International Opera Award in the category ‘Accessibility’ for the „“ project she developed, a series of events with active citizen participation in the context of a production of Carmina Burana. In 2011, she was awarded the ‘Lombardia che lavora’ prize by the region of Lombardy for her mediation work in the field of the arts. She is a member of numerous juries of artistic competitions in Italy and Europe.