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Worldwide Competition for New Opera and Music Theatre

Music Theatre NOW 2015

The Music Theatre Network of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) has announced the third call for entries for the competition Music Theatre NOW. The main goal of this unique event, which is produced by the German centre of the world's largest organization for the performing arts, is to promote creative exchange among artists and presenters, creators of new opera and music theatre from around the globe.

The competition is open to works which are new or have been staged for the first time after June 2012: operas and music theatre large and small, works made for large opera houses, or works created by a single person for tiny venues. Composers, librettists, publishers, conductors, stage directors and/or presenters are eligible to submit works - creators of visually innovative performances or dramatic works, which explore the notion of music theatre, are especially encouraged.

The competition was first held in 2008 and over 400 works were entered into the competition. The last time it was held in 2012. This time the goal is to encourage more entries from outside Europe so that the pool of winners better reflects the diversity of music theatre being created today. The 18 prize winners will be invited to a special meeting which will be held at the Operadagen, an annual performing arts festival in Rotterdam in May 2016. There the winning artists will present their works to an invited group of performing arts festival directors and presenters from all over the globe.

The deadline for entries is 30 June 2015.

For more information please contact: Christian Grammel (Coordinating Director of MTN) at mtnow@iti-germany.de or visit www.mtnow.iti-germany.de