Milo & Maya around the world



Milo and Maya around the world is an interactive opera project for young audience.

Our aim is to produce an opera exclusively written for young audience, with a contemporary language, written by a young emerging composer and interpreted by young artists from the European stage. Opera growing and flourishing thanks to young people: interactivOpera!

The adventures of Milo and Maya, who travel around the world riding their bicycles during one night, are constantly obstructed by the antagonist Gian Gianni and his gang, creating hilarious scenes and funny misunderstandings. These amazing scenes will be run in the show by circus artists, not only because of their innate evocative and poetical art, but also because they will be able to represent the variety of traps and lures of everyday metropolitan cities. One of the most important features of our production is that it must consider the actual participation of the young audience in the show, singing some short arias from the stalls, thus playing the ancient role of the chorus. Before coming to the theatre, young audiences follow a training program, so that they can approach opera actively.

The composition, assigned to one of the front rank composers of Casa Ricordi Universal, Matteo Franceschini, will be directed by Caroline Leboutte, a Belgian emerging artist and then conducted by local artists chosen by each Opera House. The libretto by Lisa Capaccioli was selected by an international jury. The cast will be selected in order to give the opportunity to young emerging talents of the European landscape.

The opera will have its premiere in February 2015 in Italy and will then make a tour of about 110 performances in Italy followed by about other 25 in France, Belgium and Germany within 2016. Thanks to a very simple and adventurous plot, and very captivating, fine and sharp music, the audience can discover together with the protagonists different cultures with their habits and peculiar sonorities.


Co-producing Partner: 

Teatro Sociale di Como - AsLiCo, Como, Italy
Opéra de Rouen Haute - Normandie, Rouen, France
Theater Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany
Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium

Artistic Team: 

Matteo Franceschini, Composer
Lisa Capaccioli, Librettist
Caroline Leboutte, Stage Director

Opening Night: 

Date: 23 February 2015
Venue: Teatro Sociale di Como
City: Como
Country: Italy

Award night

Private View



Private View is about seducing the audience into the illusion that they will slowly but surely be presented with a true cause of events. It aims to explore the power of the imagination in relation to what is projected, as well as breaking down the idea of a «safe distance». Music, live singers and video images create an atmosphere of paranoia and strangeness, blending tension and humor; playing on the audience’s imaginations to excite, on their intellects to reason, raising suspicions about what is perceived.

The action takes place there where fiction and the real world meet: an outdoor movie set. A woman screams; a shot is fired; victim falls down. As the director is not satisfied, the scene is taken and retaken until the actor/victim is killed by a real bullet. Panic ensues; the focus is directed towards finding culprits and motives.

Key word: Visualization. Private View is not your normal musical theatre production. It is only normal in the sense that it aims to put the audience on the other foot - fascinated and amused. Singers sing about emotions and motives, emphasizing melodic lines, counter points and leitmotivs, but they aren’t real protagonists - a deliberate intervention. Private View deviates from the norm in that the narrative is solely conveyed through video projections.

In this set up the singers are «neutralized» into «operators». Pulling a string and their white robes become (assembled) projections screens. 2 operators standing back to back, turning full circle, show the paradox of a (musical) motive, an object, person or situation; serving as footnotes of the large screens.

As decoration or enhancement of what is happening on stage (live camera, enlarged facial expressions) the integration of video projections in musical productions is not uncommon. But never are these images the driving force explaining a performance’s development. In this sense Private View principally differs from what an audience is used to.


Co-producing Partner : 

Muziektheater Transparant, Antwerp, Belgium
Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen, Antwerp, Belgium
National Opera Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Operadagen Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Concertgebouw Brugge, Bruges, Belgium
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Artistic Team : 

Annelies Van Parys, Composer
Jen Hadfield, Librettist
Tom Creed, Stage Director and Dramaturgy
Matthijs Huisman, Video Artist
Jules Van Hulst, Video Artist
Douwe Dijkstra, Video Artist

Opening Night : 

Date: 13 May 2015
Venue: Opera Antwerp
City: Antwerp

Award night