International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti

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Country and Region AustriaTyrol
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
Festival Contact Information

Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik GmbH
Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 21, 1. Stock
A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Phone: +43-(0)512-57 10 32
Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:30pm
Email: festwochen@altemusik.at

Festival Description

The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti is held by the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. The event has drawn a strong response from young singers worldwide. 125 young applicants from 33 countries and six continents are chosen to participate in the 1st round. They will face the jury of renowned representatives of the baroque opera scene.

The final concert is open to the public and takes place at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium. The winner of a special prize will be voted directly by the audience. The 125 singers will be competing for three main cash prizes: the Atle Vestersjø Young Artists Award; the Audience Prize; as well as special prizes from the Vienna Resonanzen Festival, the Musikfestspiele Potsdam-Sanssouci, the Theater an der Wien and the BAROQUE OPERA:YOUNG of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. These prizes are connected to follow-up engagements at the mentioned festivals and venues.

Festival Dates August 11 - 16, 2013
Festival Links

http://www.altemusik.at

Festival Events:

Competition 2013:
  • The 4th
    • International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti reviewed of over 180 applications, 125 young singers from 33 countries and six continents were chosen to participate in the 1st round. From 11 to 16 August, female singers (born 1982 and later) and male singers (born 1980 and later) who will face the jury of renowned representatives of the baroque opera scene.
  • The final concert
    • The concert is open to the public and will take place on 16 August (7:00pm at Tiroler Landeskonservatorium). The winner of a special prize will be voted directly by the audience. The 125 singers will be competing for three main prizes (4,000 euros, 3,000 euros and 2,000 euros), the Atle Vestersjø Young Artists Award (1,500 euros), the audience prize (1,000 euros) as well as special prizes from the Vienna Resonanzen Festival, the Musikfestspiele Potsdam-Sanssouci, the Theater an der Wien and the BAROQUE OPERA:YOUNG of the 2014 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. These prizes are connected to follow-up engagements at the mentioned festivals and venues.
  • The repertoire in the competition
    • Is comprised of arias and scenes from baroque operas by Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Cavalli, Cesti, Vivaldi, Telemann and Pergolesi. The focus is on Pietro Antonio Cesti’s L’Orontea, which will be performed in 2014 as a part of BAROQUE OPERA:YOUNG, a project of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. The first two rounds will be taking place from 12 to 14 August. The final concert will be on the 16th August where the finalists will be accompanied by a baroque orchestra.
  • The jury
    • The jury is composed of renowned representatives of the baroque opera scene: Alessandro De Marchi, conductor, artistic director of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Nora Schmid, chief dramaturg of the Semperoper Dresden and designated artistic director of the Oper Graz 2015, KS Axel Köhler, artistic director of the Oper Halle, stage director, Renaud Loranger, Executive Producer, Artists & Repertoire, Deutsche Grammophon, Eitan Sorek, Artist Manager Sorek Artists Management, Joshua Winograde, director of artistic operations, L.A. Opera and talent scout for the Domingo-Operalia Competition and Sebastian F. Schwarz, director of artistic administration and casting, Theater an der Wien and director of the Kammeroper Wien (chairman of the jury).
  • The participants
    • They come from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA.

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