University Project "Òpera Oberta"

Òpera Oberta is a university project funded by the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Its main objective is to spread the art of opera among students worldwide. To this end it offers the participating institutions an academic program that includes five broadcasts per academic year.

The opera works are broadcasted to participating institutions with high-quality encrypted network transmissions (IP Multicast Streaming) on ​​specific dates during the academic year and are associated with acquiring academic credits to registered students.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The participation is implemented through the broadcasting of high quality network streams of opera compositions from the Gran Teatre del Liceu to the Teloglion Arts Foundation of A.U.Th. and their integration into an horizontal academic program, under the coordination of the School of Music Studies of A.U.Th.. Broadcasts are transmitted using multicast IP from the Liceu to the Catalan Research and Education Network, managed by CSUC, which is connected to the Spanish RedIRIS network. The high speed pan-European GÉANT network then transmits the performances across the continent to GRNET in Greece and finally to A.U.Th network infrastructure.

Each academic year, courses from Schools and Faculties of A.U.Th. affiliated in any way with the art of opera (eg drama, musicology, theater design, iconography, history, etc) register to the program. Students enrolled in these courses attend  the opera broadcasts and joint lectures, designed by instructors of the registered courses, earning academic credits through their respective curricula.

The program also involves the participation of students in the technical production of the transmissions, the translation, realization and sharing of the educational content in Greek and English languages and aims at the participation in the subtitling of live broadcasted opera plays.

In 2013-2014 the translation of educational content was realized in the context of the Post-Graduate Masters Programme in Conference Interpreting and Translation (specialization in Translation), Faculty of Philosophy of A.U.Th (Details).

The program also aims at the realization of supplementary academic content (eg educational material in joint courses) and artistic content (concerts prior to broadcasts) and their distribution to the international academic community of Òpera Oberta.

Academic supervisor: Evi Nika – Sampson, Associate Professor

Translation of educational content: Konstantinos Paleologos (Assistant Professor), Titika Dimitroulia (Assistant Professor)

Coordinator and responsible for participation of A.U.Th.: Dr. Dimitrios A. Adamos

The web page of the programme is:

Gran Teatre del Liceu
The opera Gran Teatre del Liceu was founded in 1847 and is a symbol of the Barcelona city, a representative sample of its rich cultural and artistic tradition. Today the theater owned by the Government of Catalonia under the management of the homonymous institution.