The Commitment of an Entire Theater

Diversity and Equality Awards

On March 7, 2018, after an inquiry that took several months and interviews with two different committees of the Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR - French Standardization Association), the Opéra Comique and a dozen other cultural institutions, including the Ministry of Culture, received honors for “diversity” and “professional gender equality.” This honor acknowledges the commitment of all involved with the theater, and the establishment of long-term practices benefiting staff (remuneration, recruitment, training) as well as the public.

These awards will motivate us even further, because in order to hold on to them, the Opéra Comique will need to exhibit proof of its progress in both domains on a yearly basis.

In situ: professionalize access for audiences with physical disabilities, welcome families and social actors: • Annual training for the welcome and ticketing teams

  • Empowerment through audio descriptions: 

The Opéra Comique has invested in a recording studio in order to offer audio descriptions for at least three performances per year.
One part of the studio is funded by the Gecina Foundation, the other by the Opéra Comique.

  • Implementation of lip reading visits and programming for a “singing and signing” concert geared towards deaf and hearing-impaired people.
  • Implementation of Dimanches Relax:

Performances offering a welcoming environment for people with autism, multiple disabilities, Alzheimer’s, or mental and psychic disabilities.
A project developed with the “Fa Si-La différence” association.

  • Families:

Further development of programming geared towards families, including the “My First Opera Festival,” as well as the establishment of a new rate policy benefiting families.

  • Repurpose the Opéra Comique’s Berthier studios for cultural projects

Off-site: strengthen the framework for school audiences and those stemming from the social field

  • Choeurs Nomades :

Because singing is easy to export and exceptionally effective in creating social bonds, the Opéra Comique organizes traveling singing lessons and opera discovery tours for organizations serving the cultural, health, and social services fields in peripheral and rural regions.
In partnership with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux (Center for National Monuments) and the Fédération Nationale des Acteurs de la Solidarité (National Federation of Solidarity Agents).

  • Bohème, notre jeunesse en Île-de-France

This show was created by the Opéra Comique so that it could travel easily and be performed in locations that are not tailored to opera performances. This adaptation of La Bohème, created in 2018 at the Opéra Comique, thus allows us to bring opera to new audiences thanks to its format and modern language. In 2019, in collaboration with several theaters in the Ile-de-France region ((Théâtre Montansier in Versailles, Théâtre Jean Vilar in Suresnes), the Opéra Comique will bring this educational project to several high schools in the Paris region. The high school students will get to see the performance at a partner theater near them, and will benefit from educational workshops held in schools led by artists who will help make the discovery of opera a rich, unforgettable experience. Partner High Schools: Toulouse-Lautrec in Vaucresson, Anatole France in Colombes, Louise

Michel in Nanterre, Notre Dame du Grandchamp in Versailles, Jules Verne in Sartrouville.
With the support of the Île-de-France region.

  • National Choir Program:

In line with its outreach objectives, especially among younger audiences, the Opéra Comique is committed this year to implementing the choir program outlined by the ministries of culture and national education. La Maîtrise Populaire’s program, an innovative and challenging educational initiative championing diversity, is based on an alternative educational method, the Dalcroze method. Since August 2018, a training program has been open to professionals in the fields of culture, education, medicine, and social work who wish to apply this approach in their fields. After completing the training, project leaders will be able to take a group under their wing throughout the school year. They work towards the La Maîtrise Populaire in parallel with this course. At the end of the 2018/2019 school year, the choirs will get together on the Favart stage for a single concert led by Sarah Koné.


With the support of Malakoff Médéric, accessibility sponsor of the Opéra Comique

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