Preparatory phase with Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Andrea Meláth and singers
8-13 February 2017, Budapest Music Center
Production phase with Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda, Andrea Meláth
4-15 September 2017, Budapest Music Center
This special music theatre workshop announced by the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation is aiming to help young composers to produce contemporary duets for stage and give an insight of how an opera can unfold from the first ideas of a libretto to the very last beat of a premiere. The 5 best mini-operas of the workshop will be selected and presented at the Budapest Music Center staged by young directors of the University of Theatre and Film Arts.
Participating composers will work on their duets with Pascal Dusapin and Peter Eötvös, after which phase the mini-operas should be completed and sent to the Foundation. The fellow professors will select 5 composers to be invited to return to Budapest for the production phase. Composers who are not chosen can attend rehearsals as observers.
Selected composers will have the opportunity to fine tune their compositions with the professors and the collaborating young directors before rehearsals start. They will also have the possibility to work closely with the singers, attend rehearsals and make compositional adjustments if needed with the guidance of Peter Eötvös and Gregory Vajda.
The DialogScene workshop provides a unique experience for composers to follow the process of creating an opera from the very first version of libretto all the way to the stage performance.
Focus of the workshop: contemporary dramatic duet written for soprano/mezzo and bass baritone/tenor voices and piano and stage production.
Duration of the duet: approx. 15 minutes
The call is open for all nationalities. The course is suitable for composer students and young professional composers.
Libretto: The text must be public domain (70 years passed after the author’s death). In case the composer uses his or her own text, he or she must provide a written declaration to allow the Foundation to present the work without any additional fees in the frame of the DialogScene workshop. Dialogues can be written in the following languages: English, German, French, Italian. Hungarian language is also possible if the composer provides a rough translation of the text either in French or in English.
PASCAL DUSAPIN, composer (France) / 1st phase
PETER EÖTVÖS, composer and conductor (Hungary)
ANDREA MELÁTH, singer professor (Hungary)
GREGORY VAJDA, conductor, composer (Hungary/USA) / 2nd phase
1. Preparatory phase with Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Andrea Meláth and singers
8-13 February 2017
Workshop sessions with fellow professors and singers at the Budapest Music Center. Each
composer should provide printed version of their piano score and libretto.
8 February 2017 19:00 EÖTVÖS: Love and other demons performance – Hungarian State
13 February 2017 18:00 Public Meeting with Pascal Dusapin at BMC Library
Program: talks and Pascal Dusapin: Beckett’s Bones
2. Production phase with Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda, Andrea Meláth
4-15 September 2017
The 5 selected mini-operas will be staged at Budapest Music Center. Composers will attend
all rehearsals and work with young directors and singers. Accommodation and meals are
covered at Budapest Music Center for the 5 selected composers.
Application only via eotvosmusicfoundation.org. Each applicant can send only one libretto and one piano score.
Venue: Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.) www.bmc.hu
Application deadline: 31th January, 2017 (full libretto, piano score of 5-6 minutes of the planned duet)
Deadline of sending full duet’s piano score: 15 June 2017
Selection of 5 composers: 30 June 2017
CONTRIBUTION FOR THE 1st PHASE: 300 € (to be paid until the 1st of February 2017)
CONTRIBUTION FOR THE 1st PHASE FOR HUNGARIAN CITIZENS: 50 000 HUF (to be paid until the 1st of February 2017)
Please note: the contribution for the 1st phase does not include accommodation, meals and travel costs but includes opera tickets for the Eötvös opera performance and tickets to BMC
programs. For the production phase there is no participation fee. The 5 composers selected after the first phase will be invited to Budapest Music Center and their accommodation and
meals will be covered by the Foundation. Selected composers must arrange their own travel to Budapest. Only those who have applied to the 1st phase could be invited to the production phase. Non
selected participants can attend the 2nd phase as observers, no fee applies.
Observers: 100 € /phase (to be paid before each phase starts)
As an observer you can attend every session. Composers who do not advance to the 2nd phase can attend the production phase as an observer automatically, no fee applies.
Payment by bank transfer to the following account:
Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation
Bank name: K&H Bank Budapest
IBAN: HU76 1020 1006 6019 4912 0000 0000
Partial attendance gives no right for fee reduction.
The course fee for the 1st phase includes extra programs:
Workshops, rehearsals and the performance will be filmed, and a short professional documentary feature will be made available online.
Editio Musica Budapest (Hungarian branch of Universal Music Group) will engage some of the selected composers to publish their scores.
Participants will receive a diploma, observers will receive attendance certificate, signed by all professors.
Contact and information:
Regarding the course, we are happy to send additional information and answer questions before application at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application is only possible via www.eotvosmusicfoundation.org.
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We are also thankful for the support and cooperation of Budapest Music Center, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, French Institute Budapest, National Cultural Fund, University of Theatre and Film Arts, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.