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Since 1997, the Neuköllner Oper and GASAG have been linked by a collaboration that is unique in this form: they created a composition competition, which is now awarded every two years. It is aimed at artist collectives and composers who want to create works for a socially engaged and genre-open musical theater.

RADICAL. MOVING. BEAUTIFUL.

This is the music theater that NEUKÖLLNER OPER and GASAG have been inviting composers from all over Europe to produce a half-hour music theater since 1997 – at the expense of the award sponsors with world premiere performances in Berlin.

The composers and creative teams supported by the BERLINER OPERNPREIS want to get out of the academic art bubble and into an exchange with society and its various musical languages from popular and folk music, classical music of European and non-European tradition, such as jazz and much more. They want to be heard and have something to say, now that political extremes are growing and people’s relationship to the truth is in question. The Berlin Opera Prize aims at the universally linguistic, unifying and integrating and seeks the beautiful, emotional and pleasurable in the music of today’s diverse, confusing world.

BERLIN OPERA PRIZE 2024

In the more than 25 years of the BERLINER OPERNPREIS, the competition procedure has been continuously developed and is facing a decisive change in 2024: the aim is to interlink training (at the university) and practice (at the theaters) in a completely new intensity. The background to this is the demand made by a wide variety of theaters that contemporary music theater should develop out of its avant-garde corner into a genre that attracts a wide variety of audiences.

We are trying to develop this together with the Hochschule für Musik, Munich (supervisor: Prof. Moritz Eggert) and theaters such as the Staatstheater Braunschweig. In 2024, we will be able to present an initial interim result: two students from Eggert’s class who have received commissions from the NKO: Abigél Vargas’ reworking of Franz Lehár’s LAND DES LÄCHELNS (in January/February) and Eva Kuhn, whose AI music theater ANNA & EVE has been on our stage since April 24.

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