03.02.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Lina Tonia

Lina Tonia (Greece), opera Fear &(s) the Love: One of the most important thing in opera is the theme of the libretto, and the challenge for me was to find an interesting story that could be integrated in few lines!

 

02.02.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Juan María Solare

Juan María Solare (Argentina), opera Dear Mr. MillionaireWe, human beings, keep fresh and alive by doing things we have never done before. In my case, the challenge had two facets: to compress and develop a coherent story in a few minutes, and to compose a music piece that would be part of a whole. Because, in a certain way, this will be a collective composition: a "blind date" with other nine composers...

30.01.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Gillis Sacré

Gillis Sacré (Belgium), opera L'hypnoseMaybe the most difficult thing for me was that this short piece had to be complete, had to stand on his own, with a beginning, a middle section and an end, both musically and dramatically.

29.01.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Steven Prengels

Steven Prengels (Belgium), opera Dramaturgie d'un PassionI am very fond of short pieces. It fits me quite good to try and tell something within a very short amount of time and with very few means. Especially in this task: an opera of 5 minutes. It forces you to search for a very clear idea about how to handle this.

27.01.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Martyna Kosecka

Martyna Kosecka (Poland), opera Kochawaya: Music Biennale Zagreb is one of the most popular festivals of contemporary music in Europe. I didn't have the pleasure to attend the Festival before, but I was aware of it's existence and always have followed the news about it.

26.01.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Kevin Juillerat

Kevin Juillerat (Switzerland), opera Souvenirs de Berlin: I am often looking for interesting composition competitions on the Internet and I found the 5-Minute Opera Competition in this way. It was a fortunate coincidence because I really wanted to write a stage work of this kind when I found it out!

23.01.2015

Nadar Ensemble premieres RECHT (WT): Ökonomien des Handelns II

The premiere of the project RECHT (WT): Ökonomien des Handelns II, by video artist Daniel Kötter and composer Hannes Seidl, performed by Nadar Esnemble, takes place tonight in Frankfurt (Mousonturrm), at the festival Frankfurter Positionen. 

23.01.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Margareta Jerić

Margareta Jerić (Canada/Croatia), opera The Feast of NemesisThe biggest challenge was the amount of text that can fit into 5 minutes. For this opera we started with a double amount of text and had to cut it in half by the end.

22.01.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Petter Ekman

Petter Ekman (Sweden), opera Dasha's Sense of Pride: The extremely form demanded an extremely concentrated story, and therefore very focused music, which is what I like to compose anyway. I am very impressed with my librettist's work, managing to get so much story into so little text.


 

21.01.2015

Interview with the finalist of the 5-Minute Opera Competition: Romain Corbisier

Romain Corbisier (France), opera Tentation:  I found out about this competition this summer: I was looking for composition contests and my search led me to this competition. I was immediately interested in it: this kind of competition (for opera) is unusual and this is a genre that inspires me a lot.

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