Dialogue #1 was sponsored in part by

the Alfred-Toepfer Stiftung and

The United States Department of State


November 8-11, 2018

Our inaugural new opera dialogue took place on the German Baltic Coast at the Gut Siggen Seminar Center. Here, twenty composers, librettists, dramaturgs, and producers from eight countries met to discuss "the state of the art" and to brainstorm what form New Opera Dialogues could take to most effectively facilitate meaningful exchange between international artists and administrators. 


Hauke Berheide (composer, Germany)

Jerôme Combier (composer, France)

Antonio Cuenca (dramaturg, La Monnaie/De Munt, Belgium)

Tomasz Cyz (director/librettist, Poland)

Dr. Leyli Daryoush (librettist, France/Iran)

Dr. Leslie Dunton-Downer (librettist, USA)

Janek Duszynski (composer, Poland)

Sandra Eberle (producer, Bavarian State Opera, Germany)

Miron Hackenbeck (dramaturg, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Germany)

Andrew Hamingson (producer, Pemberley Productions, USA)

Dr. Hedda Høgåsen-Hallesby (dramaturg, National Opera, Norway)

Dr. David T. Little (composer, USA)

Dr. Ann-Christine Mecke (freelance dramaturg, Berlin)

Rene Orth (freelance composer, USA)

Joanna Parker (set and video designer, United Kingdom)

Adam Radecki (librettist, Poland)

Anno Schreier (composer, Germany)

Dr. Amy Stebbins (director/librettist, USA)

Sarah Williams (new works producer, Opera Philadelphia, USA)

Moderated by Maggie Bell