China tech giant pairs with Opéra national de Paris in digital initiative

Opéra national de Paris and Chinese tech giant Huawei’s French company announced a plan for the Digital Academy on July 12, an online platform that marries digital technology, art, and education.

From left to right: Zhai Jun, Chinese ambassador in France, Myriam Mazouzi, Academy Director of the National Opera of Paris and Ken Hu, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO

The Digital Academy has three main objectives:

  • Promote the arts by providing a free online platform that takes performances and other art-related resources out of the Opera’s archives and makes them available to the public.
  • Support training through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) on wide range of art-related topics, including general art knowledge, techniques, and artistic practices.
  • Facilitate sharing by providing more accessible, interactive digital content.

For generations, young artists have looked to ONP as a source of creative inspiration. The Opera is well respected around the world, and has recently been noted for its strides in the digitization of art and art culture. In 2015, as part of an ongoing effort to make art more accessible to the public, ONP released what it calls the “Third Stage” – a third “theatre” in the digital world, featuring original works of performing arts, visual art, and film. Today’s plan of the Digital Academy is the next step in the Opera’s digital journey.

With further plans to set up an OpenLab in Paris, designed to facilitate joint innovation with local French enterprises, and ongoing investment in the cultivation of young digital talent in France, Huawei is working hard to help France in the digital transformation of industry, education, and the arts. Five years ago, Huawei became a member of the “The Friends of the Opera” association, and today is a proud founding-sponsor of the Digital Academy.

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