At the November online conference entitled "Survival of the Fittest", Martin Glaser – manager of the National Theatre Brno – was elected to the Opera Europa’s management.
Opera Europa is an organisation of professional opera theatres and opera festivals throughout Europe. It currently has more than 200 members from 43 countries. It is based in Brussels and is subject to Belgian law. The management consists of fifteen selected members who are elected for three years. The main task of Opera Europa is to promote opera by all means as a still living and constantly evolving genre. At the general meeting of the online conference, the Brno representative Martin Glaser, a theatre manager and also an opera director, was elected to head this organisation.
One of the major activities of Opera Europa is the organisation of conferences in member countries. The conference agenda focuses on the development of current practical interests of musical theatres and festivals, which include in particular: maximising revenue, educating and recruiting opera audiences, new technologies, human resource management, PR and marketing, sponsorship and fundraising, etc. The conferences are an opportunity for all members to meet twice a year, usually in member cities, but the last conference, of course, took place online. Under the motto "Survival of the Fittest", it offered a constructive insight into the development of current events in theatres, including critical forced changes required by operating restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.