20 February, 17:20 - 18:00

‘Driving digital innovation in Opera and Dance, Powered by the Next Stage Grants’



Peter Maniura, moderates this insightful conversation with industry leaders Hannah Conway and Mirja Telzerow, alongside Next Stage Grants recipients Sarah Halpin ("ISOLDE") and Hannu Järvensivu ("XR Stage"). Explore the transformative impact of digital innovation on artistic expression, audience engagement, and industry sustainability. Gain valuable insights from these innovators and discover the ongoing evolution within the dynamic realm of opera and dance.

This talk is held in the course of the Innovation Day.







Hannah Conway

Composer and Artistic Director, Sound Voice

Hannah is internationally recognised for her work as a composer, artistic director and presenter with leading opera houses and orchestras in 18 different countries. At the heart of everything is intense collaboration with diverse communities. Her work has been premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 4 and BBC television.

Hannu Järvensivu

Assisting head of set workshop, Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Hannu Järvensivu (BSc) is the assisting head of set workshop in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet since 2020, and project manager for the FNOB XR Stage since 2021. Hannu has long-term experience in software projects and SW asset management from the telecommunications-IT industry. Before joining the FNOB he had an 18-year-long career in different positions in the Nokia corporation.

Mirja Telzerow

European People Director, Kearney

Mirja Telzerow is the Head of HR for Kearney in Europe, where she oversees and shapes all personnel matters with her international team. Trained as an economist, she started her professional career in banking and continued in consulting within the corporate finance sector. With her European team, she leads the design of HR processes that are both authoritative and contemporary, aiding international teams in their effective collaboration. Diversity and Inclusion are at the heart of her work, which she writes and speaks about frequently.

Peter Maniura

Director, IMZ Academy

Peter Maniura is an award-winning TV producer and director with more than twenty-five years’ experience in music + arts broadcasting at the BBC and the EBU. He is also a digital media consultant and guest lecturer. His most recent role at the BBC was Project Director, Classical Archive and Orchestras Digital Strategy for BBC Music; opening up the BBC’S unique music archive to the public in new ways. Prior to this he was Head of Digital Development for BBC Arts covering festivals, events and performances across the art forms. He was also commissioner for BBC Arts Online, which he launched in May 2014. Previously he was Creative Director and Curator of the new experimental BBC/Arts Council England digital online arts service “The Space” which launched in May 2012 promoting digital innovation and creativity in the arts.

Sarah Halpin

Digital Producer, Irish National Opera

Sarah Halpin is a classically trained musician with a BMus in music performance from the Royal Academy of Music, London and an MMus in music performance from DIT. Having spent a number of years as a professional double bass player, performing with orchestras across the UK and Ireland, Sarah retrained in digital communications obtaining a diploma in marketing and management from DIT.


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