Anthony Heidweiller, a baritone, operamaker, creator, inspirer and promoter of innovative opera concepts, is a man with a mission: he wants to improve the world through art.
Like no one else, he succeeds in making opera relevant and bridging gaps between generations. Concepts such as participation and community arts are central to much of his work. In 2001, he set up a Youth Opera Festival (YO! Opera) to introduce opera to young people. In 2006, his Yo! Opera community arts project, Opera on the Bus, won an award for ‘the most innovative event’. In 2008, Yo! Opera was awarded the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prize for art education. In 2011, Heidweiller received the Culture Award of the Municipality of Utrecht.
Since 2012, he has been artistic director of the Operamakers Foundation, as well as being affiliated with institutions such as the Dutch National Opera ( Opera Forward Festival), the Festival of Flanders ( 2014, 1000 Voices for Peace) and RUHR 2010 ( Sing Day of Song 2012, 2014). The aim of Operamakers is to connect groups of people through singing. The common years he will be connected with Festival Aix en Provence and education projects in Holland; Vocal Statements.
2017: From an Outside Perspective