In cooperation with the city council, the tourist board, the music school of Deutschlandsberg and of “Oper Graz”, I. S. O. (International Summer Course for Operatic Singing) Deutschlandsberg organizes the
26th International Competition for Opera Singers
Conditions of participation:
The competition abides by the following rules:
Art. I - Eligible for application for the "Ferruccio Tagliavini" International Singing Competition,
which will take place between 14th and 21st of April 2020 in Deutschlandsberg (Austria),
a) singers (either sex) of all nationalities who have evidence of a university degree or have started their career (1st section) and were born between 1 May 1985 and 30 April 2002 without exception,
b) voice students (either sex) of all nationalities (2nd section) who have not yet reached her 24th birthday (maximum) and were born between 1 May 1996 and 30 April 2003 without exception.
Art. II - Participants are asked to fill in the application forms completely, including their name, address and telephone number, and to send them to the secretariat of:
"International Competition for Opera Singers - Ferruccio Tagliavini", c/o SCHUBERT, Holleneggerstraße 10, A-8530 Deutschlandsberg, Austria, by 10th March 2020 at the latest (date as per post mark or email without attachments!).
To be enclosed with the application:
The Attachments are accepted only by post!
- two recent photographs
- application form - participants are asked to use the form enclosed with the application material
and fill it in completely
- artistic curriculum vitae or description of course of studies
- copy or photocopy of pieces of music to be performed
- photocopy of an identification card (passport, personal ID, etc.)
- photocopy of banker´s order of the registration fee:
€ 90,-- for 1st section
€ 70,-- for 2nd section
Please transfer the appropriate amount by banker´s order to bank account no. 85910 - 119465 at BAWAG_PSK Deutschlandsberg, bank code 14000, of I.S.O. Deutschlandsberg; (interantional transfer code) Ibanr.: AT97 1400 0859 1011 9465, sfift: BAWAATWW;- (free of charges for the acceptor). If the participant fails to attend, the registration fee shall not be reimbursed. Neither shall incomplete applications be accepted.
Participants (first of all 1st section) are asked to present themselves with a valid document at Laßnitzhaus, Holleneggerstraße 8, Deutschlandsberg, Austria, on the opening day, 14th of April 2020, at 5 p. m., to attend the draw of the alphabetical order of performance. The order determined by the draw shall remain valid for the successive selections. The partecipants also are asked to present themselves to rehearsals and selektions with the copy of the pieces of music to be performed.
Art. III - SELECTION Participants of 1st section:
The candidate shall present a programme of a total of 7 (seven) pieces in the original language (transpositions based on tradition are acceptable) and original pitch enclosing “recitativo and cabaletta”, where requested.
a) a chamber aria /or/ a song (Lied/ lirica/chanson),
b) a piece from church music, either an oratorium or a cantata (Mass),
c) a compulsory piece to be selected from the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, or Verdi,
d) an additional set of 4 (four) operatic arias shall be chosen freely by the participant.
Participants of 2nd section:
The candidate shall present a programme of a total of 4 (four) pieces in the original language (transpositions based on tradition are acceptable) and original pitch:
a) a chamber aria /or/ a song (Lied/lirica/chanson),
b) 3 (three) operatic arias of the candidate´s own free choice
Art. IV - The competition will be divided into three sections:
First selection: 15 and 16 April 2020, 10 a. m. - 1 p. m. and 4 - 9 p. m., at Laßnitzhaus.
The candidates shall perform 3 (three) pieces from the set programme:
1) an operatic aria,
2) a chamber aria /or a song (Lied/lirica/chanson),
3) a piece from church music, an oratorium or a cantata (Mass).
Semifinals: 18 April 2020, 10 a. m. - 1 p. m. and 4 - 9 p. m. at Laßnitzhaus.
The semifinalists shall perform 2 (two) selected pieces from the programme submitted, including a compulsory piece.
Finals (public): 20 April 2020, 7:30 p. m. at Laßnitzhaus.
The finalists shall perform the remaining 2 (two) arias
First selection: 17 April 2020, 10 a. m. - 1 p. m. and 4 - 9 p. m. at Laßnitzhaus.
The candidates shall perform 2 (two) pieces chosen from the programme submitted:
a) a chamber aria, /or a song (Lied/lirica/chanson).
b) the piece indicated first in the application form
Semifinals: 19 April 2020 - 10 a. m. - 1 p. m. and 4 - 9 p. m. at Laßnitzhaus.
The semifinalists shall perform 2 (two) of the pieces included in the programme.
Finals (public): 21 April 2020, 7:30 p. m. at Laßnitzhaus.
The finalists shall perform the fourth piece of their application plus another piece to be chosen by the participant after consultation of the jury.
Art. V - The candidates shall perform all pieces from memory.
Art. VI - The following applies to the participants of the 1st section: First prize winners (nocategories) of the last four years (2016 included) of any other international European singing competition are excused from the first round of selection. These candidates shall enclose the original diploma, the original prize or a certified copy there of with their registration material.
The art director of the competition might admit directly to the Semi-final winners of 2nd, 3rd or 4th prizes of any other international singing competition of other nations.
Candidates selected by a special jury under chairmanship of the Art director of the competition could be called directly in the Semi-final.
Art. VII - Accompanying piano players shall be made available to the participants by the organizer. The candidates are entitled to being accompanied by a piano player of their personal confidence at their own cost. The piano players shall be available for rehearsals before the start of each phase. The time schedule for rehearsals shall be determined by the piano players. Under no circumstances shall intervals of 10 minutes be exceeded.
Art. VIII - With the exception of the finals, selections are not open to the public.
Art. IX - The jury shall consist of artists and theatre experts of international renown.
Art. X - The jury’s decisions are irrevocable and non-appealable. The rating by the jury will be as follows: in the first round of selection: yes/no; in the semifinals and the finals: scores between 1 and 10, subdivided into tenths. The jury is entitled to interrupt the performance at any time.
Art. XI - The jury will be chaired by the art director of the competition who, under the precondition that he remains on the jury, can pass on the chairmanship to another member of the jury every year.
Art. XII - Members of the jury who present one of their pupils shall abstain from voting on this particular candidate.
Art. XIII - At the end of the finals (1st and 2nd sections), the winners shall be announced. The prizes shall be awarded at the end of each round of finals.
Art. XIV - The following prizes (gross amount) shall be awarded:
1st prize: € 5.500,--, + diploma and 2 concerts see art. 19, 20.
2nd prize: € 3.500,-- Prize of the city council Deutschlandsberg + diploma and 2 concerts see art. 19, 20.
3rd prize: € 2.500,--, Prize of the Tourist board of Deutschlandsberg (Schilcherland Steiermark) + diploma and 2 concerts see art. 19, 20.
4th prize: € 1.000,-- + diploma.
All finalists who do not win a prize shall obtain a cadeaux corresponding to the value of the stay of the last finals day.
1st prize: promotional prize to the value of € 3.000,-- + diplom,
2nd prize: promotional prize to the value of € 1.700,-- + diploma
3rd prize: promotional prize to the value of € 900,--+diploma
4 promotional prizes to the value of € 300,-- + diploma
A special prize to the value of € 2.200,-- courtesy of the City of Graz, shall be awarded to the best Tenor finalist (1st or 2nd section). The prize will be awarded during the concert organized from the Opera House in Graz, on 24th of April 2020. The prize will be undividable.
A special prize to the value of € 2.000,--, shall be awarded to the best Soprano finalist (1st or 2nd section) in memory of “Dame Joan Sutherland”. The prize will be undividable.
A special prize: The "Opera House of Graz" represented by his General Manager will take in consideration the most meritorious participants for an engagement to the "Opera House of Graz".
A special prize: The "Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza" represented by his art director will take in consideration the most meritorious participants for an engagement to the "Teatro Municipale di Piacenza".
A special prize: courtesy of the art director, Vittorio Terranova: winners (1st and 2nd section) shall be invited to a concert at Milano, which will take place at "Casa Verdi"- Casa di Riposo per Musicisti, on Sunday, 10 May 2020, at 4 p.m.
A special prize courtesy of the Director of the “Belcanto-Academy, Rodolfo Celletti” ,art director of “Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca” dr. Alberto Triola - supported by the art director of the Competition: one or more finalists (1st or 2nd section) shall be invited to frequent the “Belcanto Academy” one year at least. The invited operatic singers are allowed to participate directly the finals selections.
A special prize ”Karl Böhm” to the value of € 500,-- for the best interpretation of part of W.A. Mozart (1st or 2nd section). The prize will be undividable.
A special prize to the value of € 350,-- courtesy of the Artistic Director, shall be awarded to the best Austrian finalist who has not been awarded a prize. The prize will be undividable.
A special prize to the value of € 500,-- shall be awarded by the audience on 20th April 2020. The prize will be undividable
Art. XV - All prizes (also concerts and promotional prizes) are subject to legal duties.50% will be given the end of the final concert (20 April 2020) and the other 50% during the last concert in summer 2020.
Art. XVI - The jury reserves the right to divide prizes between several candidates and to decline the award of a prize if the candidate does not perform on an adequate artistic level.
Art. XVII - The first prize will be undividable.
Art. XVIII - In the event of radio or TV broadcasts, audio or video tape recording, photographs taken during rehearsals or concerts, the candidates have no right whatsoever to claim financial redemption by the broadcasting company or the organizer of the competition.
Art. XIX - The winners of the first, second and third prizes of the 1st section (including winners of divided prizes) and the Tenor prize are undertake to perform at a concert with orchestra to be organised by “Oper Graz” in collaboration with I.S.O. Deutschlandsberg (International Summer Course for Operatic Singing) in Graz, on 24 April 2020. These prize winners participating in this concert, shall be granted a lump sum of € 350,-- as well as compensation for the stay. The rehearsals will start on 22nd of April 2020.
The operatic arias to sing in occasion of the winners concert, shall be chosen from "arias to choose" and mentioned in the application form.
Art. XX - The winners of the first, second and third prizes of the 1st section (including winners of divided prizes have to perform at a concert to be organized by Bad Radkersburg (Austria), 14th of August 2020. S/he shall obtain a lump sum of € 450,-- as well as compensation for the stay.
More concerts will be projected.
Art. XXI - By registering for the competition the candidate declares to accept the conditions of participation at hand. Should only one of these conditions be violated, the candidate shall be disqualified as participation in the competition is based on complete knowledge of and consent with the information included in the invitation.
In the event of objections, the conditions of participation in German shall apply. Any disputes arising here under shall be settled before a competent Deutschlandsberg (Austria) court of law.
Art. XXII - I. S. O. Deutschlandsberg, Austria, assumes no liability what’s o ever for damage/injuries or accidents of any kind which a candidate might endure during the competition.