Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Blue Danube/Béla Bartók Opera Conducting Competition - Edition 8

2020 Competition Postponed until 2021 DUE to Covid19

Repertoire: Don Giovanni, Carmen, Pagliacci, & Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle in original languages.

International jury of opera conductors and directors. Prizes feature multiple guest conducting engagements with important houses and orchestras. This 8th Edition returns to the Hungarian Opera in Cluj-Napoca, Romania were the Competition began in 2005.

Round I accepts up to 65 conductors conducting the entire company (chorus and vocal soloists on stage with orchestra and conductor in the pit) on Don Giovanni & Carmen.

26 conductors advance to Round II where Pagliacci and the Bartok are added.

8 conductors advance to the final round where Bluebeard is the sole focus. 4 winners and prizes announced on the evening of 26 June.

The 3rd and 2nd prize winners will conduct arias from Don Giovanni, Carmen & Pagliacci in a Gala concert and awards ceremony (27 June), with the 1st prize winner conducting the Bartok.

Closing date: n/a