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 “Key to the Future” – Opera Composition Competition 2018
Deadline: 22 August 2018
Date Posted: 02 August 2017
Details: Objectives of the Competition: Creating a forum for and drawing attention to new "popular operas" conceived in the spirit of the Artistic Manifesto of Bartók Plus Opera Festival, that are capable of luring back large audiences to the opera house.
Eligibility of Applicants: Any natural persons who are contemporary composers can submit their work to the competition, irrespective of their nationality, country of residence or age. The competition is not “anonymous” - one can only apply with full name and address.

Advertiser of the Competition: Miskolci Operafesztivál Nonprofit Kft. (Seat: 3525 Miskolc, Déryné u. 1; Reg. No: Cg: 05-09-016624, represented by Beáta Farkas, managing director). The Advertiser intends to advertise the Competition on a yearly basis, in accordance with its means and purposes, first in the year 2012.
Works to be submitted: Completed Work not yet performed on stage with an orchestra. There are no restrictions concerning the topic, language and the length of the Work. One composer can submit several Works and several authors can submit one joint Work.

Preliminary Registration and the Application Process: Application is possible by submitting the Application Form downloaded from the website. In the course of Preliminary Registration, this Application Form should be sent to the email address composersecretary@gmail.com. Completion of each point of the Application Form is mandatory.

The amount of the Application Fee: 150 EUR, payable to Advertiser's following bank account at OTP Bank: HU44 1176 3347 5721 7886 0000 0000.

Submission of the Work: Application documents can only be sent by way of postal delivery.

The following information should be indicated on the envelope, postal parcel etc.
• The name of the Advertiser: Miskolci Operafesztivál Nonprofit Kft.
• Its postal address: Miskolci Operafesztivál Nonprofit Kft., 3501 Miskolc, Pf. 634
• The name of the Competition: “Key to the Future” – Opera Composition Competition
• The Sender, in other words the Applicant

Materials to be submitted:
1., The full score of the Work on paper and electronic media.
2., A synopsis of the Work summarising the story in maximum 1 page in A/4 format.
3., The duly signed original copy of the Application Form.
4., The banking document verifying transfer of the Application Fee to Advertiser’s bank account.

In addition to the Work (score) Applicants may choose to submit (non-mandatory):
• The Orchestral Part of the Work, but in case the Work is shortlisted for the Finals, within 5 working days from the receipt of the notification thereof; Applicant shall submit the finished Orchestral Part to the Advertiser by electronic mail.
• Any other Sound Recording.

Application deadline: 00:00 hours CET, 22nd August, 2018 The Application Deadline means Delivery to the Advertiser of the Competition.

Professional pre-selection: Works will be judged by a professional Jury consisting of 4-7 experts. The Jury will select 3 or more of the submitted Works that they consider to be most in compliance with the principles of the Artistic Manifesto of Bartók Plus Opera Festival. These Works shall be the Finalists in the competition.

The decision of the professional Jury and the list of the Works shortlisted for the Finals shall be published on 1st October, 2018, on the www.operafesztival.hu website.

Advertiser shall have Works shortlisted for the Finals performed at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in partially staged versions with piano accompaniment in the fourth quarter of the year 2018.
The Jury will select and Advertiser will announce the winning Work from the pieces performed in the Finals at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.

The Winner will be announced on the www.operafesztival.hu website within 1 working day following the performance at the Academy.

Advertiser will present the entire winning Work in a fully staged opera performance with orchestra at the festival in Miskolc in the year following that of the Competition. Advertiser, however, is not obliged to have the winning Work performed at the Miskolc Opera Festival.

Prizes and Usage Rights: Each Work shortlisted for the Finals will be awarded 1500 EUR.

The winning Work will be awarded additional sum of 4000 EUR and the Advertiser will use its means and purposes to present this Work in a fully staged complete opera performance, at the Bartók Plus Opera Festival the following year.

Usage rights of the Works are treated in detail in the Competition Call:

All payments related to the Competition Prizes shall be effectuated until 31st January, 2019. Payment of all prizes shall be effectuated by Advertiser to the bank accounts specified in the Application Form. Taxation shall be in accordance with the legal regulations effective with respect to the Applicants’ nationality or country of residence.

Further questions about the Competition, Participation Criteria or Application Documents can be addressed to: Sára Szakács, Competition Secretary, at the following email address: composersecretary@gmail.com.
Entry Fee:€150
Web Site:operafesztival.hu/index.php/en/news/1904-key-to-the-future-opera-composition-competition-2018

 West Edge Opera
Summary:Opera opportunity
Deadline: 01 September 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: West Edge Opera (in Berkeley CA) is soliciting excerpts of unproduced works in progress to present in Snapshot - a series of new works in a concert/workshop setting.

Read about last year's festival here:
http://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/West-Edge-mounts-an-eclectic-operatic-showcase-10946862.php

https://www.sfcv.org/preview/west-edge-opera/snapshot-takes-west-edge-opera-into-new-territory


Feat
Deadline for submission September 1, 2017

Program 1 will be during the weekend of Jan 20, 2018
Program 2 will be during the weekend of Feb 24, 2018

Criteria:

• Works must have not received a staged public performance
• Works must have had no public performance (staged or otherwise) in the Bay Area
• Either the composer or lyricist must have resided on the west coast (CA, OR, or WA) for at least 4 years in the last 20.
• Excerpts should be between 10 and 15 minutes long and use a maximum of 4 performers/singers.
• Excerpts should be (re)scored for piano and a selection of up to 6 additional instruments, selected from the following: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute (double piccolo), clarinet (double bass clarinet), (1 of each)
• Excerpts that show dramatic interest are preferred. 15 minutes that show a development of character or situation are preferred to static or expository arias.
• Submissions are limited to ONLY the excerpt that we are to consider. If there are multiple excerpts from the piece that you think would work, you may suggest up to TWO excerpts. If you are attaching the entire score, make it very clear which excerpts are to be considered.
• Composer or Lyricist must be present in the San Francisco Bay Area for the week of the performance (we are unable to offer a travel stipend)
• Vocal Scores must be completed by Nov 1, 2017
• Score and parts (reduced for Snapshot ensemble) must be completed by Dec 1, 2017.

Web Site:westedgeopera.submittable.com/submit/90105/snapshot-2018-west-edge-opera-new-works-series-call-for-scores

 COMPOSITION COMPETITION NEW SCENES DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN
Summary:Music Theatre Competition
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: New Scenes IV
International composition competition hosted by Deutsche Oper Berlin and Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

CALL FOR ENTRIES
New Scenes for musical theatre. This is the fourth time that the Deutsche Oper Berlin has teamed up with the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin to organise the NEW SCENES International Composition Competition. Up to three winners will receive a grant to compose, respectively, a 20-to-30-minute piece of musical theatre and a 3-to-5-minute vocal work for soloist or for singer accompanied by piano, the latter pieces being preliminary studies for the musical-theatre work. Lyrics and libretti are developed in liaison with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Hanns Eisler School of Music.

The solo vocal work will premiere in a concert given in early February 2018 in the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The work of musical theatre will be presented for the first time on 11th April 2019 in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin as part of the NEW SCENES production. It will be directed by three teams of directors from the Hanns Eisler School of Music using student singers from the School and featuring the Echo Ensemble under the direction of Manuel Nawri.

The competition is open to young composers up to the age of 35. Entrants should also submit an excerpt from their own musical-theatre work to back up their entry.

Conditions of entry
Submissions: Entrants are asked to submit the following documents:
- A sample of their work on a piece of musical theatre (score and -voluntary- CD, (2 copies of both))
- Curriculum vitae and address (incl. email address)
- Deadline for entries: 15th September 2017

Process
Announcement of winners: 31st October 2017
Prizes: Up to three prizes will be awarded. A prize takes the form of a grant (€7,000) to compose a 20-to-30-minute piece of musical theatre or a 3-to-5-minute vocal work either for soloist or for singer accompanied by piano.
Submission of vocal work: 15th December 2017
Performance of vocal work: Early February 2018 in the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Submission of piano excerpts / study materials for the musical-theatre work: 1st September 2018
Submission of scores and vocal material: 1st November 2018
Premiere and other performances in April 2019 in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
The Tischlerei
The Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin opened in the opera house’s former workshop in the 2012/13 season and coincided with the start of Dietmar Schwarz’s incumbency as Director. The 400-capacity venue has adjustable seating arrangements and is the setting for a broad programme focusing on experimental and contemporary forms of musical theatre. The Tischlerei has hosted and continues to host projects featuring a huge diversity of artists such as Gordon Kampe, Matthew Herbert, Ole Hübner, Konrad Boehmer, the band Brandt Brauer Frick, directors of the likes of Jakop Ahlbom, Annechien Koerselman, David Hermann and Daniel Pfluger and performers such as Peaches, Black Cracker, Caspar Brötzmann and NU Unruh. NEW SCENES, the biennial composition competition, forms a major part of the programme. Former prize winners include Evan Gardner (2013), Stefan Johannes Hanke (2013), Mischa Tangian (2015), Malte Giesen (2017), Irene Galindo Quero (2017) and Thierry Tidrow (2017).

Jury
Detlev Glanert (composer) – chairman
Stefan Fricke (music journalist, editorial journalist contemporary music/sound art, Hessischer Rundfunk, hr2 Kultur)
Sebastian Hanusa (dramaturg, Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Prof. Wolfgang Heininger (composer, Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin)
Prof. Anna Korondi (singer, Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin)
Prof. Manuel Nawri (conductor, Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin)
Prof. Christine Schäfer (singer, Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin)
Julia Spinola (music journalist)

Address
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Dramaturgie
“New Scenes IV” Competition
Richard-Wagner-Straße 10
10585 Berlin
Germany

Contact persons
Dorothea Hartmann: hartmann@deutscheoperberlin.de
Sebastian Hanusa: hanusa@deutscheoperberlin.de
www.deutscheoperberlin.de

The judges’ decision is final.
Web Site:www.hfm-berlin.de/en/news-and-media/latest-news/the-new-scenes-composition-competition-is-announced/

 Sarasota Opera Request For Submission of New Youth Works
Summary:Opera for Young People
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 15 April 2015
Details: Sarasota Opera is pleased to invite composers to submit works for a new opera for possible production in November 2017 by Sarasota Youth Opera, one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States.

This invitation is open to any living composer or librettist, of any age, who is a United States citizen.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 5 pm.

Click HERE to download submission form

About Sarasota Youth Opera:

Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) has given young people age 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience the magic of opera through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and the Youth Opera's own full-scale productions.

Regarded as a leader in the commissioning and producing of works for young voices, SYO is the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual, full-scale opera productions for young voices with professional musicians, direction, and costume and scenic design.

Since 1986, five commissioned world premieres and over 20 additional youth opera productions have been presented. Past commissions include:

2012 Little Nemo in Slumberland (music by Daron Hagen, libretto by J.D. McClatchy)
2004 The Language of Birds (music by John Kennedy, libretto by Peter Krask)
1998 Eye of Ra (music by Tom Suta, libretto by Diana Colson)
1993 Her Lightness (music and libretto by Polly Pen)
1989 Deadline

Our most recent commission, Little Nemo in Slumberland, featured over 106 young people and used a ground-breaking projection technology called SCRIBE (Self-Contained Rapidly Integratable Background Environment) to bring Winsor McCay’s comic strips to life. Since it’s 2012 premiere, Little Nemo in Slumberland has been performed by The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, Tulsa Youth Opera, La Sierra University, and Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts.

In November 2014, SYO presented Dean Burry’s The Hobbit. Based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, this classic adventure was brought to life with a cast of over 95 young people and 12 professional musicians on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House.

Both Little Nemo in Slumberland and The Hobbit performed to sold-out audiences.

Basics:

-English Libretto
-60 minutes of playing time. One Intermission optional.
-10 to 15 solo youth roles in treble voice
-Optional 1 to 3 adult players. Adults may portray more than one character.
-SSAB youth chorus ensemble that is featured predominately throughout the work
-Chamber orchestration of no more than 13 instruments, may include piano
-Roles with specific physical requirements are best avoided
-Entirely sung (minimal spoken narration or dialog optional)

Aesthetics:

"Sarasota Opera is dedicated to performing classic works of opera in a manner that is true to the composer’s intentions. In the years that we have been doing productions with our Youth Opera, I have found there are few works of substantial musical value for young people to perform. In our desire to increase the repertoire we are looking for music that is rooted in the classic music style, reflecting how that music is written today without the influence of other genres such musical theater, jazz or other popular idioms.

"The Youth Opera was begun as a way to get young people interested in art music. The works we are looking for should help achieve that goal and be musically sophisticated enough to appeal to adults while still accessible to children."

--Maestro Victor DeRenzi
Artistic Director, Sarasota Opera

Guidelines:

-Copyright clearance must obtained prior to entry
-Submissions must be unpublished works not currently accepted by a publisher for publication or rental
-Works may have been workshopped, but should not have received a premiere performance
-Works should show an awareness of the practical realities of rehearsal and performance
-Sarasota Opera will hold the rights for the premiere performances and one subsequent production

Submission:

-Piano-Vocal format
-Minimum 30% complete (approximately 20 minutes of music)
-Submission must include at least one (1) chorus ensemble number
-Each composer may submit up to three (3) works
-Manuscripts should be legible if hand-written

Submission should include:
-Submission Form
-Letter of Introduction
-Resume
-PDF of PV and Libretto
-Each score must have a title page containing characters, voice types, and brief synopsis for proposed work
-If submitted in hard copy, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return
-Inclusion of a recording of work-shopped scenes, full opera, or midi recording is optional

If no entry is deemed appropriate, the panel reserves the right to not make a selection and no fee will be awarded.

Submissions May Be Sent To:

Sarasota Opera
New Youth Works Submission
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

youthopera@sarasotaopera.org

Materials may be submitted electronically via this Dropbox link: Submit Materials.

If submitting electronically, please include “Composer Last Name, Composer First Name” at the beginning of each file name (eg: "Doe_Jane_Opera_Title").

Timeline:

September 2015 Submission Deadline
December 2015 Finalists Announced
May 2016 Finalists Submitted Completed PV
August 2016 Final Selection(s) Announced – Winner(s) Complete Orchestration
November 2017 Premiere Production

Fee:

Composer $15,000
Librettist $10,000
Composer/Librettist (wrote both) $20,000
Web Site:http://www.sarasotaopera.org/Request_for_Submission.aspx