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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
Co-Production Handbook

Opera companies are constantly seeking to become more efficient in utilizing human and financial resources. An excellent way to realize this goal is through the creation of co-production relationships. Today, increased co-production, involving both standard repertoire and new operas, has become appealing to opera companies around the world.

In light of this interest, members of OPERA America’s Technical/Production Committee worked together to enumerate issues and concerns related to co-production. The OPERA America staff organized the resulting list into broad categories and gathered numerous co-production contracts from member companies. The resulting Handbook has been reviewed and updated by many opera professionals, including further evaluation by the Technical/Production Committee during the 2008-2009 season. Their suggestions have been incorporated and additional co-production contracts have been collected to make the Handbook as complete as possible.

You must be an OPERA America Professional Company Member to view this publication.

Note: Keep in mind that the examples in this handbook are meant to be illustrative only. This is not a complete or exhaustive list of contractual provisions, and parties interested in co-producing should seek the advice of qualified legal professionals.

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