On 7 March 2018, following a survey of several months and a hearing before two different commissions of the AFNOR (French Standardization Association), the Opéra Comique obtained, alongside some ten other cultural institutions and the Ministry of Culture itself, the double labelling of “diversity” and “occupational equality between women and men”. An honor that acknowledges the commitment of a whole theater and the implementation of long-term projects toward the staff (payment, hiring, training) and the public.
These labels make our commitment even more compelling insofar as to retain them, the Opéra Comique will have to demonstrate its progress in these two areas.
In situ : professionalizing the reception of persons with a disability, welcoming families and social actors :
Yearly training of the reception and ticketing team
Autonomization of audio description
The Opéra Comique set up a recording studio in order to offer a minimum of three productions a year in audio description.
Part of the studio is financed by the Fondation Gecina and the other by the Opéra Comique.
- Implementation of lip-reading guided tours and programming of a “sung and signed” (sign language) concert intended for deaf and hearing-impaired persons
- Implementation of Dimanches Relax (relaxed Sundays)
Performances offering a welcoming setting to persons with autism, multiple disabilities, intellectual or mental disability, Alzheimer’s disease.
A project developed together with the Fa Si-La différence association.
Development of a programming intended for families, including the continuation of Mon premier festival d’opéra (My first opera festival) and the implementation of a profitable pricing policy.
- Re-using the Berthier workshops for cultural projects
Outside Paris: reinforcement of the system toward socially disadvantaged social groups and schools.
- Choeurs Nomades
As singing travels easily and fosters social bonds, the Opéra Comique organizes itinerant singing classes and campaigns for the discovery of opera intended for associations committed to culture and health, rural and peripheral territories of disadvantaged social groups.
In partnership with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and the Fédération Nationale des Acteurs de la Solidarité.
- Bohème, notre jeunesse in Île-de-France
The Opéra Comique devised this production so that it can tour easily and be performed in places not designed for operatic productions. This rearranged version of La Bohème, premiered in 2018 at the Opéra Comique, makes it possible – through its size and its contemporary language – to draw new audiences. In 2019 – in association with theaters of the Ile de France region (Théâtre Montansier in Versailles, Théâtre Jean Vilar in Suresnes) – the Opéra Comique will present this educational project in several lycées of the region around Paris. High school students will attend a performance at partner theaters near their homes and enjoy educational workshops conducted by the artists themselves in their lycées. In this way, their discovery of opera will be a rich and unforgettable experience.
Partner lycées: Lycée Toulouse-Lautrec in Vaucresson, Lycée Anatole France in Colombes, Lycée Louise Michel in Nanterre, Lycée Notre Dame du Grandchamp in Versailles, Lycée Jules Verne in Sartrouville.
With the support of the Île-de-France region.
- Choral plan
In line with its objectives of spreading and transmission to the youngest, the Opéra Comique is striving to implement the choral plan desired by both the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education. The Maîtrise Populaire, a breeding ground for educational innovation and a diversity catalyst, relies on an alternative teaching method: Dalcroze Eurhythmics. In August 2018 a training program was offered to cultural actors, teachers of the Education Nationale as well as medical and social actors who wish to follow this approach. After the training, project leaders will be able to conduct groups throughout the school year. Simultaneously, they will continue their training at the Maîtrise Populaire. At the end of the 2018/19 school year, the choirs will be gathered at Salle Favart around the Maîtrise for a unique concert conducted by Sarah Koné.