Music Theatre NOW Award

Since 2008 the Music Theatre NOW Network organizes a competition for first productions of new works, which were professionally created anywhere in the world.

From the 2015 Rules; ‘Whether works made by opera and theatre institutions, works created by festivals, works created by individuals - we are open to all forms of professional opera and music theatre which push boundaries. All kinds of works, which demonstrate a new development in the genre, be it in score, text and/or staging, can be entered. Additionally, singing does not necessarily have to be part of the production. Works by so-called non-academic composers and works without a written score may also be entered. The competition does not allow re-workings or reinterpretations of existing music, operas or music theatre works to be entered. Works such as these may not be submitted, with the exception of original musical compositions, which include samples.

Special attention will be given to works, whose musical and theatrical vocabulary originates outside of the Western European tradition. As a guideline for those regions in which categories such as music theatre or opera are not defined: all interdisciplinary work will be considered, where music plays a dominant role’.

The winners of the 2015 competition were invited to present their work at the Operadagen in Rotterdam, in 2016. The 2018 Competition will be announced in January 2018. For further information visit the website of Music Theatre NOW where you also can subscribe to their newsletter.

The Music Theatre NOW Competition Event where the winners are invited is one of the flagship events of ITI.

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