International competition for young opera directors “Nano-Opera” will take place for the fifth time!

Helikon-opera announces the 5th International competition for young opera directors “Nano-Opera”!

Moscow musical theatre Helikon-opera together with the Moscow Government and Department of Culture of Moscow announces the start of the V International competition for young opera directors “Nano-Opera”.

“Nano-Opera”, the first competition in the world for young opera directors, will be held in Helikon-opera theatre (Moscow) for the fifth time from 22 to 28 May, 2022! 

By its first anniversary, the Competition has already gained the international fame, and its winners have become famous directors and successfully work in theatres all around the world.

“Nano-Opera” competition (established in 2013) is the cultural event of the European scale, the center of attraction of famous theatrical figures and talented youth. Jury members are the general and artistic directors of Russian and foreign opera houses and producers. Due to this, the participants of the competition gain the real proposals from the CEOs and artistic directors to stage the operas.The Grand Prix of the competition – production of the show in the “Helikon-Opera”.

Among the jury members of the Nano-Opera in different years there were Christina Scheppelmann (Seattle opera), Christoph Meyer (the general Director of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein(Düsseldorf-Duisburg, Germany), Kjell Englund (Sweden), Per Hansen (Norway), Daniel Kramer (London, UK), George Isaakyan (The Moscow State Opera and Ballet Theatre for Young Audience named after Natalia Sats), Sergey Bobrov (Krasnoyarsk state opera and ballet theatre), Slava Starodubtsev ( NOVAT opera and ballet theatre). The Chairman of the jury – Dmitry Bertman (Helikon-Opera (Russia).

The Exclusive feature of the “Nano-Opera” competition is the media jury, which traditionally includes the CEO of popular federal and Moscow media and radio stations.

The “Russia-Culture” TV-channel (official media partner of the competition) provides live broadcasts of all rounds!

The conditions of the competition are close to reality as much as possible. The participants work with the “Helikon-opera” actors over the staging the aria (1st round), duet (2nd round) and the mass scene (3rd round). Stage miniatures are born "from the sheet" right in front of the audience.

The competition regulations and application rules are published on the web-sites: и Applications are accepted until April 1, 2022 via the email: The Jury decision will be published on and not later than April 10, 2022.

The hotel expenses for the participants who passed through to the 1nd round will be paid by the “Nano-opera” from 22 to 28 May, 2022. All the expenses on the flight to Moscow and back must be covered by the participants or by the sending organizations. 

The theatre provides all foreign participants of the competition with the visa support.


May 22 – participants' arrive
May 23 – The competition opening and the toss
May 24 – 1st round
May 25 – 2nd round
May 26 – 3rd round
May 27 – awarding ceremony and gala-concert

We invite young opera directors and the graduates of theatrical universities to take part in the “Nano-Opera” competition.

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