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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

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

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).

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)

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

Contact persons
Dorothea Hartmann:
Sebastian Hanusa:

The judges’ decision is final.

 Fresh Squeezed Opera
Summary:Opera showcase
Deadline: 15 August 2017
Date Posted: 28 June 2017
Details: 2017 Showcase
NOVEMBER 2, 2017, 7:00PM
THE CELL THEATER (338 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011)

Body Maps (2007), by Paola Prestini

We are hosting a call for scores for this program. To submit a score for consideration, please follow the guidelines below:

• Must be over 10 minutes in length, maximum of 25 minutes.
• Instrumentation requirements: must include some combination of singer (soprano, mezzo, or baritone), piano, violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon. Can include electronics.

To Apply, Please send:
• Piano vocal score, full score, and parts
• Recording (partial, or midis acceptable)
• Permission from the librettist/author
• Brief description of the piece
• Brief bio of the composer
• $5 entry fee (per composer, not per piece)

Submissions can be sent to:
DEADLINE: August 15, 2017


 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.


-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)


"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


-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


-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
-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

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").


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


Composer $15,000
Librettist $10,000
Composer/Librettist (wrote both) $20,000
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