ARMEL OPERA COMPETITION

The two-round Armel Opera Competition is an international music event preceding Armel Opera Festival that enables any opera singer who applies that following a professional selection process, to be offered a main role in an Armel Opera Festival production matching their voice qualities. The competition is not necessarily won by the singer with the most unique vocal qualities or with the best signing abilities but the singer who is able to satisfy all professional requirements of the genre at the highest standard: opera singing, stage movement and acting qualities.

The complex performing abilities of the singers in the course of Armel Opera Competition are evaluated by the professional jury constituted by international experts.

Armel Opera Festival creates productions annually, in collaboration with the operas/theatres of five different countries, which are presented within the frame of Armel Opera Festival. The singers selected in the second round of Armel Opera Competition get roles in these productions. These winners under the guidance of the director and the conductor, prepare for the roles in which they make a debute at Armel Opera Festival and on the TV screens.

1ST ROUND

The judges are searching for the most suitable opera singers for the main competition roles of the five Armel Opera Festival productions at the auditions to be held at various European venues. In 2017 the first rounds will be hosted by Paris and Budapest. At this point, the jury decides the applicant’s suitability for the role on the basis of their vocal characteristics. Singers can participate in only one first-round audition. After all first rounds have been closed, the judges make a decision: from the two different venues a maximum of 30 candidates might advance to the second round of the competition.

In the first round the participants must present two opera arias: a classical and a contemporary (composed after 1940) one. No musical or operetta arias are accepted. The arias must be presented in original language without keeping scores. No modifications are accepted in the arias.

2ND ROUND

The second round is held in Budapest, during which the directors and conductors of the productions under preparation in five different countries, and this time their stage appearance and performing abilities are also examined. In this round the singers to participate in the productions are selected and the final cast is also determined. For the second round the candidates must learn to perform further three arias – in the original language, without the scores.These must be different from the arias presented in the first round. Two arias can be selected by the singer, the third one, however, is chosen by the judges from the role the candidate is recommended for.

The winners of the competition in 2017 has been offered roles in the following opera productions which will be performed during ARMEL OPERA FESTIVAL in July, 2018:

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK: ORFEO & EURIDICE (in Italian)
Production of NORRLANDSOPERAN (Sweden)
Rehearsal period: January 15 – March 7, 2018. Opening night: March 8, 2018
Further performance period: March 8 – April 22, 2018 (including tour in Northern Sweden)
Competition role: AMOR (soprano soubrette) Vocal range:  4E – 5A

BEN JOHNSTON / GAVIN BRYARS / MICHAEL ONDAATJE: CALAMITY BILLY (in English)
Production of the THÉÂTRE DE LA CROIX-ROUSSE and the THEATRE DE LA RENAISSANCE (France)
Rehearsal period: February, 2018 Opening night: March 6, 2018
Further performance period: 6-31 March 2018 on tour in France, 28 April 2018 in Bruges (B), 25 May 2018 in Rotterdam (NL)
Competition role: NARRATOR (soprano) Vocal range: low C to high B

JAMES WOOD: GULLIVER (in English)
Production of INSOMNIO and Neue Vocalsolisten (Netherlands)
Rehearsal period: from June 13, 2018    Opening night and performances: July 2018 and November 2018
Competition role: GULLIVER (Baritone, Sprechgesang)

GREGORY VAJDA: THE GIANT BABY (in Hungarian)
Production of KOLIBRI THEATRE (Hungary)
Rehearsal period: from April 2018    Opening night June 2018 Performances: from October 2018
Competition role: MOTHER/VIRGIN/STEFANIA (dramatic mezzo) Vocal range: a-g”

DEJAN DESPIC: MERRY FRIARS OF BANAT (in Serbian)
Production of Serbian National Theatre (Serbia)
Rehearsal period: June 1-25, 2018 Opening night: end of June 2018
Competition role: PERA TOCILOV (tenor)Vocal range: DE-AS1

In 2015, the following production has been awarded by ARTE Audience.
The winners will be offered roles for further performances.

W.A. MOZART: THE MAGIC FLUTE (in German)
Production of THE SZEGED NATIONAL THEATRE (Hungary)
Competition roles:
TAMINO (tenor) vocal range: e – a’
SARASTRO (basso) vocal range: F – e’flat

Congratulations for the winners!