Opera for Peace at COP26

17th December 2021

During COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, partners including Opera Festival Scotland, The Opera Story, and the Centre Européen de Musique joined Opera for Peace in welcoming the Birmingham-based Infinite Opera, tenor Christian Schneeberger, and pianist Edward Cohen to the Maryhill Burgh Halls to discuss how the opera industry can respond to the climate emergency. 

 

The panel discussion shed light on how different organisational models might create change in variable ways, yet still move collectively towards a responsible, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable future for opera. Jorge Chaminé, The Opera Story, and Infinite Opera gave presentations about their latest work, followed by a fruitful Q&A round. 

 

To round off the event, Opera for Peace had the immense pleasure and distinct privilege of inviting hometown talent Christian Schneeberger (tenor) and Edward Cohen (piano) to perform. The duo took the audience on a musical journey from the Scottish highlands to the warm Italian countryside in a celebration of nature, humanity, and connection.

 

This event was part of the Circular Culture project founded by Opera for Peace General Director, Julia Lagahuzère, in response to Sustainable Development Goal 13 – Climate Action.