DUE TO THE CORONA CRISIS, THE COMPETITION HAS TO BE POSPONED TO NEXT YEAR (14.-27.6.2021)!
Repertoire: Don Giovanni, Carmen, Pagliacci, & Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle in original languages.
International jury of opera conductors and directors. Prizes feature numerous guest-conducting engagements with important houses.This 8th Edition returns to the Hungarian Opera in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where it began in 2005.
Round I tests up to 65 conductors conducting the entire company (chorus and vocal soloists on stage with orchestra and conductor in the pit) on Don Giovanni & Carmen. 26 conductors advance to Round II where Pagliacci and the Bartok are added. 8 conductors will advance to the final round where Bluebeard is the sole test opera. The 4 winners and Competition Prizes will be announced on the evening of 26 June.
The Third and Second-prize winners will conduct arias from Don Giovanni, Carmen & Pagliacci in a Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony (27 June), with the First-prize winner conducting the Bartok. This in addition to their multiple prize engagements (guest conducting).
Application Deadline: Open until 65 qualified conductors have applied, are accepted, and confirm their Competition Places with (refundable) deposits. No age limit.