Albertí, Jaume; Roca, Mercè; Bala, Alba; Batlle-Bayer, Laura; Fullana-i-Palmer, Pere

The European Commission (2020) set a Circular Economy Action Plan to foster its implementation among economic sectors. From the above, we focus on the opera industry that is staging 15,000 performances around 2,000 productions yearly. This sector contributes to the creation of around 50,000 permanent jobs, sells 25 million tickets and has a yearly turnover of 5,000 million euros (Feeny, 2018). Opera houses have moved to include sustainability practices in their activities (Tajtakova, 2006; Tegnstrom and Izurrieta, 2010) and are initiating sectoral collaborative programs to analyse further actions to be taken (Next Stage, 2021; Opera for Peace, 2021). This study analyses the current circular economy practices in the opera sets life cycle. Although there are some practices around the Opera Sets, the literature around environmental impacts of opera sets is scarce and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is barely used (Tegnstrom and Izurrieta, 2010). By interviewing and surveying key stakeholders, the authors confirm the lack of consensus in the sector around which is the path to follow and raise the main challenges and drivers towards the transformation of the sector. References European Commission, 2020. Circular Economy Action Plan. The European Green Deal. Fedora (2021). Next Stage: Feeny, A. (2018). Notes and Coins: The Financial Sustainability of Opera and Orchestral Music Opera for Peace (2021). Tajtakova, M. (2006). Flexibility of strategic choices in an opera house management. International Journal of Business Environment. Vol.1 No.3, pp.365 – 381. Tegnstrom and Izurrieta (2010). CHALMERS, Energy and Environment, Master Thesis 2010:8 – LCA of Stage Performances – Life Cycle Assessment of an Opera and a Theatre Stage Performance