Experiential Mentorship: Pursuing Excellence at a Major Cultural Organization

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Zurich, Switzerland

In November 2023, multidisciplinary artist Nthabiseng Malaka from Johannesburg had the unique opportunity to participate in an enriching experiential mentorship stay at the Zurich Opera House. This program was made possible through the collaboration of UNITA and Opera for Peace, with the generous support of the Zurich Opera House. During her stay, Nthabiseng shadowed her mentor, senior designer Christian Schmidt, gaining invaluable insights and hands-on, immersive learning experience during the production of Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung.

In addition to her work at the Zurich Opera House, Nthabiseng expanded her professional network by visiting other cultural organizations across Europe, establishing important professional liaisons. This experience not only enhanced her artistic skills but also fostered cultural exchange and professional growth within the vibrant setting of the Zurich Opera House.