Human Resources Forum

The Human Resources forum is one of Opera Europa's newest forums. Set up in 2010 after our extended survey on Artistic Labour Costs and Conditions revealed an amazing number of common issues which could be best tackled within a long-standing working group.
It brings together HR and Administrative Directors who meet both at Opera Europa larger conferences and at smaller, intensive work seminars. Their aims and purpose are laid out in the attached forum charter.

In the near future, the group will focus on:

  • Ageing and pension models
  • Work environment surveys
  • Professional training and development
  • Comparison of different groups (chorus, orchestra, stage technicians,...) in terms of working time, salary, holiday rights, work content,...
  • Health issues
  • Young employees, apprentices
  • Career change, re-education possibilities
  • Short-term staff exchange

The steering group of the forum is composed of:

Eddy Ballaux (La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels)
Jane Crowther (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
Hanna Fontana (Finnish National Opera, Helsinki)
Jürgen König (Deutsche Oper am Rhein)
Olaf Mackenzie (Bergen National Opera)


The next meeting will take place at Palermo from 1-3 October 2019 together with the Technical and Production group. 

Download the programme and registration form here  >>


Hotels in Palermo


Palermo is a top European tourist destination and very popular in autumn, an early booking is advised. There are luxury hotels and numerous small and charming B&Bs in the city centre of Palermo, many of which are located a few steps away from the Teatro Massimo. However, we blocked a few rooms in larger hotels for our forum meeting. All the following deals include breakfast. The city tax of 1.50 Euro per night is not included in the rates.



Hotel Posta (less than 500m from the Opera)

15 rooms, book until 1 August 2019 mentioning Opera Europa

Via Antonio Gagini, 77

Tel. +39 091 587338,

Double room single use 80 €

Double use 100 €


Hotel Elite (less than 500m from the Opera)

5 rooms, book until 1 July 2019 mentioning Opera Europa

Via Mariano Stabile, 136c

Single room 80 €

Double room 100 €


Hotel Mediterraneo (400m from the Opera)

15 rooms, book until 10 July 2019 mentioning Opera Europa

Tel. +39 091581133,

Via Rosolino Pilo, 43

Single room 70 €

Double room 80 €




For more information about the HR forum and to register to their e-mail listserv and receive their latest news, please contact

The access to Forum documents and databases is exclusively restricted to Opera Europa members.


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