Participants are invited to submit a flexible concept for realisation with a piano quintet and four professional singers (Karolina - Anežka - Ladislav - Mumlal) and volunteer performers. The opera will be sung in English.
The opera is to be performed at various venues, including non-opera houses. Candidates base their concept in a venue minimum 700m²-900m² non theatre space with flat floor but which may have some raised areas.
There is no „auditorium“. The audience may move through the space following the action. There could however be some seating. Clearer guidance will be given at the semi final and final stages. The winning team will be chosen to deliver The Two Widows re-imagined will be required to adapt the concept for realisation in serial venues with serial volunteer casts efficiently and economically (each of which may have individual requirements).
The production will premiere in a non theatre spaces at Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival 2024 and subsequently in Lviv with our partners Lviv National Opera Ukraine 2024 each with locally recruited volunteer casts, and in Birmingham UK.
A 3-page rough concept is required for the first phase of the competition. The deadline for submissions is 16 January 2023.
The first phase ends with the semi final in Wiesbaden (DE). The finalists identified in the semi final will be informed about the next steps.
The final will take during the Spring / Summer 2023.
The award consists of two prizes:
- 1. Prize: Realisation of the winning concept
€ 25,000 will be contributed to Two Widows re-imagined for the creative team’s honorarium
- 2. Prize: Stage director’s assignment at an opera house
€ 10,000 will be contributed to an honorarium for an Assistant Director on a large scale site specific Birmingham Opera Company production in 2024.
Application for the contest and help if you need access assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing dates: Application: 1 January 2023
Submission of concepts: 16 January 2023
Further information about the EOP: https://eop-opera.com