MARIA CHIARA ROSSI PROFILI Vice Presidente
IL TEATRO LIRICO SPERIMENTALE DI SPOLETO “A. BELLI”
IL TEATRO DELL'OPERA DI ROMA
in collaboration with
IL TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA
IL TEATRO DEL MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
under the patronage of the
announces 2016 “EUROPEAN COMMUNITY” COMPETITION FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS - 70th EDITION
President of the jury EDDA MOSER
a) The Competition is open to all young people who on 1st January 2016 are under 32 years of age for sopranos and tenors, or 34 years of age for mezzo-sopranos, contraltos, baritones and basses, providing that they are citizens of the Countries of the European Union (EU), or of the EFTA Countries:
- Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, or citizens of the Countries candidate to accede to the European Union, potential candidates or Countries which can apply to European cultural programmes (Creative Europe):
- Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution No. 1244), Moldova and Georgia.
b) For singers who are citizens of non-EU Countries, or of Countries which are not listed in this article, there will be auditions outside the competition on 28th and 29th February 2016. Other possible dates for auditions will be determined during 2016 by the Institution’s Management. For further information and for the procedure to participate in the extra auditions, please visit the website: www.tls-belli.it.
c) The same economic conditions of the winners are also valid for the singers that will be chosen for the auditions outside the competition in proportion to their work, unless they are awarded other special prizes. Nevertheless, the Institution will define their possible study period, role and participation in the Opera Seasons 2016 and 2017. The decisions of the Institution’s Management are irrevocable.
Applications, drawn up on plain paper or by filling in the application form available on www.tls-belli.it, shall be addressed to: Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “Adriano Belli” - Piazza G. Bovio, 1 - 06049 Spoleto (PG) Italy, by post or courier. The application form can also be sent to the following e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you send it by e-mail, the Institution will not be responsible for a possible non-reception.
The applicant will have to write his/her full name, address, voice range and citizenship. The following documents shall be included:
a) A copy of the passport or identity card valid for expatriation;
b) A copy of the certificate attesting accomplished studies, issued by a Conservatory, a high school or music school. If the studies were accomplished at a private school or with a teacher, the headmaster or the teacher have to issue on his/her responsibility a declaration stating the student’s qualification and level of suitability;
c) Applicant’s statement in writing that he/she has never played a main role during the opera season of important Opera Houses;
d) Applicant’s statement in writing of any general studies they have completed, or any profession or occupation practised;
e) Authorization for the Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli”, in accordance with D. Lgs. 196 of 30/06/2003, to handle the personal data supplied in order to participate in the Competition. These data will be used exclusively for the purposes of administration of this Competition. (The holder of these data is the Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli”);
f) Receipt of a Eur 52,00 postal order to be sent as a competition admission fee to: Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli” - Piazza G. Bovio, 1 - 06049 Spoleto (PG) Italy; or receipt of a Eur 52,00 bank transfer sent to: Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli” at Casse di Risparmio dell’Umbria Spa – Branch of Spoleto (PG) - Piazza Mentana. IBAN: IT94 E063 1521 8500 00001009103, BIC: CRSPIT3S, reason for payment “Singing Competition admission fee”;
g) 1 passport photograph; 1 full length photograph. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is Thursday 11th February 2016.
Candidates must bring to the audition a valid identification document with a photograph providing citizenship as per art. 1.
a) will not accept applications that do not include all the documents specified in Art. 2 above, nor those posted after the final deadline of February 11th 2016. The postmark will be proof of the posting date; b) reserves the right to request proof of authenticity of certificates and declarations.
The application forms sent by e-mail, as set out in art. 2, will have to be presented in original to the Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale before the audition.
The Competition admission fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
The official auditions of the “European Community” Competition will take place at the Teatro Nuovo in Spoleto from 23rd to 27th February 2016. All applicants must be present at 9.30 am on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at the Teatro Nuovo in Spoleto, without any further notice. The order of appearance will be chosen by ballot at 11.00 am on 23rd February 2016 at the Teatro Nuovo. For the auditions out of Competition, refer to Art. 1 points b) and c). No travel or living expenses will be refunded to participants.
BOARD OF EXAMINERS - EXAMINATIONS
The Board of Examiners, appointed by the Institution and approved by the “Direzione Generale Spettacolo dal Vivo, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo” of the Italian Republic, will consist of the following members:
a) the Institutions’ Artistic and Didactic Director or other expert appointed by the Institution;
b) experts chosen among singers, singing teachers, artistic directors of important opera theatres, music critics and musicologists, musical and theatre organizers. One representative of the “Direzione Generale Spettacolo dal Vivo, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo” of Italy may also be invited to participate in the audition as an observer.
The competition is divided into three parts:
Part One – Preliminaries
The applicant must present two excerpts from repertory operas, at his/her own choice.
Applicants obtaining an average of 6 marks out of 10 will pass to the semifinals. Part Two – Semifinals The applicant must present three other excerpts from repertory operas at his/her own choice, except for the opera referred to in letter b) below.
Applicants obtaining an average of 7.5 marks out of 10 will pass to the Finals. Part three – Finals
The applicant must:
a) perform some excerpts chosen by the Board of Examiners from those presented for the preliminaries and semifinals;
b) show through knowledge of an opera and be able to perform any excerpt of it, including recitatives and “insieme” pieces. The applicant must also demonstrate to know its age, nature, composer and must be able to talk about the features of the main characters. For the Preliminaries and Semifinals, the Board of Examiners will decide whether to listen to the whole programme or to a part of it.
c) Interview. Applicants obtaining an average mark of at least 8 out of 10 will be declared winners.
On Saturday 27th February 2016 at 8.30 pm, all the winners of the Competition will perform in a concert open to the public, accompanied on the piano, at the Teatro Nuovo in Spoleto.
Accompanying pianists will be available for the participants. However, if the applicants prefer, they can be accompanied by a pianist of their own choice, at their own expenses.
The Board of Examiners is valid when the majority of the members is present. It will draw up the list and will declare winners those applicants who have obtained an average mark of at least 8 out of 10. The Board of Examiners will also have the option to grade as “eligible” those applicants who, according to the examiners, could be engaged as per art. 15.
ART. 10 2016 “Cesare Valletti” Special Prize
The “Cesare Valletti” Special Prize of a total amount of Eur 8.000,00 has been founded and will be awarded by Mrs. Nicoletta Braibanti Valletti to the winning tenor who obtains the highest mark. In case no tenor wins the competition, the Prize will be shared by the first three winning singers (regardless of their vocal register), according to the marks given by the Jury, as follows: First classed, Eur 4.000,00 Second classed, Eur 3.000,00 Third classed, Eur 1.000,00
The prize of Eur 8.000,00 mentioned at point a) will be paid through ten extraordinary scholarships of the same amount (each one or Eur 800,00 gross) during the 2016 and 2017 Preparatory Courses (months from May to September); the scholarships will be paid in proportion to the singers’ actual attendance to the scheduled lessons.
The prizes mentioned at point b) will be paid as follows: First classed, Eur 4.000,00, No. 10 extraordinary scholarships of the same amount (of Eur 400,00 gross each one), to be paid during the 2016 and 2017 Preparatory Courses (months from May to September); the scholarships will be paid in proportion to the singers’ actual attendance to the scheduled lessons; Second classed, Eur 3.000,00, No. 10 extraordinary scholarships of the same amount (of Eur 300,00 gross each one), to be paid during the 2016 and 2017 Preparatory Courses (months from May to September); the scholarships will be paid in proportion to the singers’ actual attendance to the scheduled lessons; Third classed, Eur 1.000,00, No. 4 extraordinary scholarships of the same amount (of Eur 250,00 gross each one), to be paid during the 2016 and 2017 Preparatory Courses (months of June and September); the scholarships will be paid in proportion to the singers’ actual attendance to the scheduled lessons.
PREPARATORY DEBUT OPERA SEASON
The winners will attend the 2016 and 2017 five-month Preparatory Courses. The Course could also include transfers for studying purposes and for specialization in Italy and abroad. The Course will include lessons on theory, acting, stage movement, singing, group exercises and preparation of several operas. The Course will be held in Spoleto at the “Villa Redenta” estate, at the “Teatro San Nicolò”, at “Teatro Caio Melisso”, at “Teatro Nuovo” and/or in Rome or in other places. Those applicants considered “eligible” could be called to attend the last two months of the 2016 Preparatory Course.
The attendance at the Preparatory Course and the participation in the didactic activities as well as in those which are aimed at the direct preparation of the representations of the Opera Season or in other activities set by the Institution is compulsory and free of charge. The winners of the Competition will be also awarded the annual total amount of Eur 5.000,00 gross in 2016 and in 2017. This annual sum will be divided into three Eur 700,00 monthly scholarships. The winners will also benefit from a two-month agreement of Eur 1.450,00 per month. This agreement is made for the period linked, also temporarily, to the activities of direct preparation of the operas and for the period of the Opera Season. If the activities will be extended beyond the five months expected, a sum of money proportional to the amount of the monthly scholarship will be allocated in case of extra didactic activity or a sum of money proportional to the amount of the above-mentioned monthly agreement. The right to the scholarship and to the agreement depends on the constant and fruitful attendance at the Preparatory Course and on the participation in the Debut Opera Season and it will be proportional to the actual attendance, even though the singers cannot be absent neither in the rehearsal period for the stage setting nor in the performances rehearsals. The winners of the 2016 edition of the Competition, in addition to this scholarship and to the compensation of the agreement, will also receive the prize indicated in Art. 10 of this notice of Competition, if the related requisites are fulfilled.
During the whole Course the students may not be absent. In case, the Institution might allow brief permits for serious reasons or for documented necessity, after having asked for the Artistic-Didactic Director’s advice. Students cannot be absent during opera rehearsals or performances.
The 2015 and 2016 Competition winners who have attended the Course will debut in the 70th Debut Opera Season that will take place in Spoleto, in other cities of Umbria or elsewhere and the Institution will stage it within 2016. Performing the roles decided by the Artistic-Didactic Director is compulsory. Other performances could take place in main Italian theatres, such as “Teatro dell’Opera di Roma”, “Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”, “Teatro Comunale di Bologna” and “Arena Sferisterio di Macerata”.
a) The Institution reserves the right to use for vacant roles those students considered “eligible” by the Board of Examiners of this Competition, or the winners of previous competitions of the “Teatro Lirico Sperimentale” or the winners of other competitions as long as they are citizens of a European Union country or of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Georgia or singers chosen in auditions especially organized by the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale. The same economic conditions of the winners are also valid for the chosen ones in proportion to their work, unless they are awarded other special prizes. Nevertheless, the Institution will define their possible study period, role and participation in the Opera Season. The decisions of the Institution’s Management are irrevocable.
During the Preparatory Course and the Opera Season, the participants undertake to be available for concerts, opera performances, television or radio recordings (partial or complete), and for any other event organized by the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Italy and abroad, without any further remuneration. This didactic activity can be scheduled also outside the period of the Preparatory Course and of the Opera Season; in this case participants will receive an additional scholarship whose amount will be quantified afterwards by the Institution’s Management.
The application to this Competition implies the acceptance of all provisions in this announcement and, therefore, obligation to fully comply with them.
The students who do not attend the course regularly, who do not apply themselves, or who seriously breach the regulations will be asked to leave the course, with consequent loss of any right or benefit. Students who do not fulfill Articles 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 will lose the right specified in this announcement and will have to refund any scholarships and prizes received, as well as paying compensation for damages.
Any measures taken by the Institution, or any decisions and resolutions of the Board of Examiners are irrevocable.
In case of disputes, only the Italian version of this announcement will have legal value. Any legal lawsuit will be submitted for settlement to the Court of Spoleto.