Competition: Neue Szenen VII

International Composition Competition of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

New Scenes for music theatre. Deutsche Oper Berlin, in cooperation with the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, is announcing the seventh NEUE SZENEN International Composition Competition.

The competition is primarily aimed at teams of two people (composition and text). Applications in the composition category alone are possible; applications in the text category only will not be admitted to the competition.
Up to three winning teams of the competition will receive 

  1. a scholarship to write a text for
  2. a scholarship for the composition of a music theatre work of 20 to 30 minutes (cast: max. 4 singers and max. 15 instrumentalists).

During the development process, close cooperation with the directorial teams of the productions is sought by means of several workshops.

The music theatre works will premiere in April 2025 in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin as part of the production NEW SCENES VII, staged by three directorial teams and featuring vocal and instrumental students, all from the Hanns Eisler School of Music.


Up to three team prizes may be awarded. One prize includes a grant (9,000 euros each) for the composition of a 20- to 30-minute music theatre work, as well as a grant (4,500 euros each) for the writing of the texts/ libretti for the 30-minute music-theatrical work.


For the jury's assessment, a representative, preferably music-theatrical and/or vocal work as well as a text for a stage play should be submitted as work samples. Optionally, visual and audio material (concert or rehearsal recordings) may also be submitted.
Furthermore, the application documents must include CVs and contact details (address and e-mail address) of all applicants.

► ► ► Application deadline 31 July 2023


Conditions of participation

The participating composers and authors transfer to the Deutsche Oper Berlin the right to premiere the works and provide the performance material free of charge and free of third-party rights.
After the performance series, one copy of the score will remain with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as archive material.
Submission of materials (work samples and application documents) only electronically, by e-mail or file sharing, to:

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Sebastian Hanusa

Further prodedure

Announcement of the winning teams: 01 September 2023

Submission of piano scores / study material for the music theatre work: 01 September 2024
Delivery of scores and parts: 01 October 2024
First performance and further performances: April 2025 in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.


Sarah Nemtsov (composer)
Uljana Wolf (author)
Peter Meiser (Musical Director, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin)
Prof. Claus Unzen (Director, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin)
Sebastian Hanusa (Dramaturge, Deutsche Oper Berlin)

Contact address

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Composition Competition „New Scenes VII“
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
10585 Berlin

 Contact person: Sebastian Hanusa hanusa(at)

The judges’ decision is final.