Anthony Heidweiller (Nijmegen 1961), a baritone, opera maker, creator, inspirer and promoter of innovative opera concepts, is a man with a mission: he wants to improve the world through art. Like no one else, he succeeds in making opera relevant and bridging gaps between generations. Concepts such as participation and community arts are central to much of his work.
In 2001, he set up a Youth Opera Festival (YO! Opera) to introduce opera to young people. In 2006, his Yo! Opera community arts project, Opera on the Bus, won an award for ‘the most innovative event’. In 2008, Yo! Opera was awarded the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prize for art education.
In 2011, Heidweiller received the Culture Award of the Municipality of Utrecht. Since 2012, he has been artistic director of the Operamakers Foundation, as well as being affiliated with institutions such as the Dutch National Opera, the Festival of Flanders and RUHR 2010. The aim of Operamakers is to connect groups of people through singing.
As Heidweiller puts it: “My projects are about connecting people, about people making something beautiful together and in so doing getting closer to each other and to themselves”.
Anthony Heidweiller gave a lecture at U staat hier on 10 November 2016.
Art, the city and the future
one day festival10 Nov '16