Since 1997, a unique collaboration has united the Neuköllner Oper with GASAG (Berlin’s main natural gas vendor): they have founded the BERLINER OPERNPREIS, a bi-annual competition for musical theater composition. It addresses artist collectives and composers who want to conceive works for genre-ambiguous and socially engaged musical theater.
The current competition: comPOSITION
The Berlin Opera Prize of Neuköllner Oper and GASAG, in cooperation with Theater Freiburg and supported by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
comPOSITION invites to the production of a half-hour music theatre, at the expense of the award winners and with world premiere performances in Berlin as well as a further cooperation with the Theater Freiburg.
The competition is based on two short stories by the author Ferdinand von Schirach*. Schirach is one of the most successful writers in Germany, whose books have become bestsellers worldwide and whose themes always have a social connection. With the author’s consent, two of his works will thus be premiered as music theatre for the first time.
In the meantime the finalists have been determined:
The teams around the composers Samuel Penderbayne (Munich) and Andys Skordys (Nicosia/Amsterdam) have convinced the jury** of the newly established Berlin Opera Prize 2020 with their concepts. Over the next few months they will each develop a 30-minute music theatre work based on a short story by Ferdinand von Schirach, which will be premiered on 13 May 2020 at Elisabeth Church, Berlin-Mitte.
From 11 to 13 October, eight teams from three countries presented their visions of new music theatre. In a very intensive work process, the concepts were supplemented by many suggestions from the jury and input from experts of the LKA. Participants were – in addition to the prizewinners – the teams around the composers Misha Cvijovic (Berlin, Belgrade), Carla Ginjaume (Barcelona), Sven Daigger (Berlin), Maren Kessler/David Schwarz (Weimar), Alexander Mathewson (Munich), Irina Prieto Botella (Barcelona), Samuel Penderbayne (Munich) and Andys Skordis (Cyprus/ Amsterdam).
*A light blue day and Subotnic, off: Strafe von Ferdinand von Schirach, published by Luchterhand
** Tatjana Beyer – Head Dramaturge Music Theatre Freiburg
Bernhard Glocksin – Artistic Director Neuköllner Opera, Berlin
Desirée Meiser – Artistic Director Gare du Nord, Basel
Wiebke Roloff – music journalist (including opera world)
Arash Safaian – Composer, Munich
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