This is the fifth 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. Deadline for entries is on 15th of September 2019. Up to three winners will receive a grant to compose, respectively, a 20-to30-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 2020 in the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The work of musical theatre will be presented for the first time in April 2021 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.