Call for Applications

Within the framework of the 27th International Singing Competition, the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (Rheinsberg Palace Chamber Opera) is calling for applicants to participate in performances, gala programmes and concerts during the festival summer of 2017. Activities also include a master class.

The competition is open to young opera singers born after 1 January 1985.

Preliminary round
Based on audiovisual material (mp3, mp4 or DVD) submitted by applicants, the jury will choose which singers to invite to participate in the final round.

Final round
25 to 27 February 2017
University of the Arts, Fasanenstr. 1B (Kammersaal)

16 to 17 February 2017
Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre

During the festival, prize-winners will work with experienced directors and producers under professional conditions. The working process will culminate in public performances. Comprehensive media coverage of these events is anticipated. The festival gives young singers knowledge and valuable experience for their future profession. Many careers have begun in Rheinberg – for example Annette Dasch, Susanne Elmark, Anett Fritsch, Olga Peretyatko, Nadine Weissmann, Aris Argiris, Marco Jentzsch, Friedemann Röhlig …

World Premiere
James Reynolds (Composer), Christoph Klimke (Libretto)
Conductor: N.N.; Director: Robert Nemack

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935) created with his small love story "Rheinsberg - A Picture Book for Lovers" an unexpectedly bestseller in 1912. A little later, he became one of the most important socio-critical publicists that time. He had any pseudonyms – he was Peter Panter, Theobald Tiger, Ignaz Wrobel, Kaspar Hauser and Kurt Tucholsky. To find this five personalities in one and the same person is the dramaturgical idea of this opera.

Lyric Soprano, Lyric Mezzosoprano, Alto
Lyric Tenor, Baritone, Bass-Baritone, Bass

Rehearsals begin: June 18, 2017
Performances: July 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, 2017 Palace Theatre
Sung in German

Georges Bizet
Conductor: N.N.; Director: Giorgio Madia

Carmen           Mezzosoprano
Don José        Tenor
Escamillo        Baritone
Michaela          Soprano

(These parts are double casts.)

Frasquita*        Soprano
Mercèdés*        Soprano / Mezzosoprano / Alto
Zuniga*             Bass
Moralès*           Baritone
Dancairo*         Tenor / Baritone
Remendado*    Tenor
Andres*             Tenor
Ein Zigeuner*    Bass

(*These singers will also sing chorus soloist parts.)

Rehearsals begin: June 25, 2017
Performances: August 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 2017 Hedgerow Theatre
Sung in French

Special support from Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung
together with Sparkasse Ostprignitz-Ruppin.

Songs on fortepiano
Direction: Friedemann Röhlig
Musical Direction / Fortepiano: Olav Kröger

Soprano, Mezzosoprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass

Rehearsals begin: July 10, 2017
Concerts: July 14, 15, 2017, Hall of Mirrors  
Sung in German

Susanne Elmark

Participants in the master class will work with the Danish coloratura soprano Susanne Elmark. She has been in great demand in the opera and concert houses of the entire world. Over the last years she has started giving masterclasses (Moskau, Berlin, San Sebastián) and opera coaching.

Begin: July 23, 2017
Concert: July 30, 2017, Palace Theatre

Deadline for applications:
January 10, 2017

The jury includes the artistic directors of productions featuring in the 2017 festival summer and singing teachers. In addition, opera and casting directors, as well as, agents will be invited as observers to the final round in Berlin.

Applicants must submit their entries in the form of two arias of their choice (applicants for “Carmen” should, if possible, include an aria from this opera) on audiovisual media (mp3, mp4). Mp 3, mp4 data can be sent via WeTransfer or as downloads via the applicant’s dropbox. Alternatively, applicants may also send a DVD.

Application documentation
Registration form, CV, photo, repertoire, copy of passport or ID card.

Registration fee
The registration fee is 30 euros and must be transferred at the latest by January 10, 2017.

Payee: Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg
IBAN: DE96 1605 0202 1820 0044 88, BIC: WELADED1OPR

The transfer payment must include any additional transfer fees incurred. Permission to participate in the competition will only be granted after receipt of payment.
The cost of travel within Germany to and from the festival venue (rail, second class, Bahncard 25) will be refunded. Accommodation and meals in Rheinsberg will be provided free of charge. Travel costs associated with participation in the final round will not be reimbursed.

Please use the online registration form for your application or this pdf-file for your application and send it to the following email address:
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Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg∙ Kavalierhaus der Schlossanlage • D – 16831 Rheinsberg
Tel. +49-(0)33931-725–0 ∙ Fax: +49-(0)33931-725-15

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