FEDORA Prizes 2019 / Announcement of the shortlist

February 5th, 2019

FEDORA – The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet is a non-profit organization, committed to supporting and contributing to the future of opera and ballet. The association was founded in 2014 in Paris, under the presidency of Jérôme-François Zieseniss, as a tribute to Rolf Liebermann.

FEDORA’s main goal is to encourage philanthropy in the fields of opera and ballet generally, and in furtherance of that aim, it raises funds to support the creation of new opera and ballet co-productions through the privately funded FEDORA- VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet and the FEDORA – GENERALI Prize for Opera that encourage artistic co-operation between opera houses, ballet companies, festivals and artists. The projects are pre-selected by Opera Europa, the professional association of opera houses and festivals in Europe, and a jury of experts selects the winners of the FEDORA Prizes. Moreover, FEDORA offers its members special access to opera houses and festivals in Europe and thereby builds a network of philanthropists who share the same values and support opera and ballet on a European level.

Clotilde Corsini, based in Florence, is the organization’s Vice-President. Jean-Yves Kaced, the Director of the AROP – The Association of Friends of the Paris National Opera, is the Secretary General, and Peter Espenhahn, who is based in London, is FEDORA’s Treasurer. Dr Léone Noëlle Meyer and Gianmarco Monsellato are Founding Members. Edilia Gänz is the Director of FEDORA. In 2017 FEDORA received the “Philanthropy Award” at the International Opera Awards.

With the support of the « Creative Europe » Programme of the European Union.

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