New Scenes IV
International composition competition hosted by Deutsche Oper Berlin and Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin
Call for entries
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
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
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.
Announcement of winners: 31st October 2017
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
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)
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).
The judges' decision is final.