IV International competition for young opera directors NANO-OPERA

Unique competition of young opera directors NANO-OPERA, organized by Helikon-Opera in cooperation with the Department of Culture of Moscow will take place this spring 2019 for the fourth time in the framework of the Year of Theatre.

The idea of the competition for young opera directors came to the Artistic Director of Helikon-Opera,  People’s Artist of Russia Dmitry Bertman  in 2013.
"Helikon” became a real launching pad for our young colleagues :after the participation in the competition many of them became famous  and are actively engaged in directing activities, - says Dmitry Bertman. - Our competition is unique. During the competition, the participants-directors do not just present the concept and layout, but, we can say, "from the sheet" work with the actors, creating a fragment of the play in front of the audience."

The name speaks by itself – "Nano-Opera". The program includes only short opera scenes, and  presupposes strictly limited time to stage it. Within 10 minutes, the contestant in front of the audience and the jury must stage an aria and a duet, and we give 15 minutes to stage a mass scene.

Traditionally, the Jury of "Nano-Opera" includes the heads of the world's best theaters. Thus, the participants of the competition have a real opportunity to get engagements, as they say, directly from the “first hands”. Young directors are also evaluated by a media jury consisting of the country's leading music critics, who award competitive prizes.

Further information - Regulations 

Applications for participation are accepted until April 1, 2019 by e-mail:

The form of the application is here


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