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Key to the Future Opera Composition Competition

The “Bartók+” Opera Festival Miskolc proudly announces its Opera . Aims and Objectives of the : Creating a forum and drawing attention to new “popular operas” concieved in the spirit of the Artistic Manifesto of the “Bartók+” International Opera Festival, Miskolc that are capable of luring back large audiences to the opera house. Application Deadline: 2013. 00:00 hours CET, 1st March, 2013.  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.

The Advertiser of the Competition: MKSZ Miskolci Kulturális Szövetség Nonprofit Kft. 3525 Miskolc, Déryné u. 1; Reg. No: cg: 05-09-016624, represented by Zoltán Némedi Varga, managing director). The Advertiser advertises the Competition on a yearly basis, in accordance with its means and purposes, first in the year 2012.

Works to be submitted: Completed operas 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 www.operafesztival.hu 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 bank account No. HU44 11763347 57217886 0000 0000 at OTP Bank.

Submission of Works: 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: MKSZ Miskolci Kulturális Szövetség Nonprofit Kft.
  • Its postal address: MKSZ Nonprofit Kft., 3501Miskolc, Pf. 634.
  • The Title 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 or electronic media.
  2. A synopsis of the Work summarising the story in 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):

  • Piano extract of the Work;
  • The Orchestral Part of the Work;
  • Any other Sound Recording.

Application Deadline: 2013. 00:00 hours CET, 1st March, 2013. The Application Deadline means Delivery to the Advertiser of the Competition.

Application Form (pdf)

Competition Call (pdf)

Competition Regulations (pdf)

 Professional pre-selection: Works will be judged by a professional Jury consisting of 4-6 experts. This Jury will select, depending ont he number of submitted Works, 3-5 Works that they consider most in compliance with the principles of the Manifesto. 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 15th April 2013, on the www.operafesztival.hu website.

Works shortlisted for the Finals shall be staged at the Miskolc Opera Festival 2013 in symphonic partially staged versions with piano accompaniment, where singers will perform their parts from the score. Additionally, parts of the Works may be performed in concert with orchestra.

In the Finals, to be organised during the Miskolc Opera Festival, the Jury will select, taking into account the audience’s vote, the winning Work.

The Winner will be announced on the www.operafesztival.hu website within 1 day after the Gala Concert closing the Competition.

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

The winning Work will be awarded additional 4000 EUR and the Advertiser intends to present this Work in a fully staged complete opera performance at the “Bartók+” festival the following year.

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

All payments related to the competition prizes and fees shall be effectuated till the first day of September, 2013. Payment of all prizes shall be effectuated by Advertiser to the bank account 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.

You can turn to Sára Szakács, the Competition Secretary with further questions about the Competition, Participation Criteria or Application Documents at the following contact:
Sára Szakács, Competition Secretary’s email address: composersecretary@gmail.com

Web: “Key to the Future” – Opera Composition Competition

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