Music Biennale Zagreb calls for applicants to submit their works for the “5-Minute Piano Concerto” Competition!
Martyna Kosecka - the winner of the 5-Minute Opera Competition...
The finals of the Biennale competition for the best five-minute opera were held last night.
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!
Juan María Solare (Argentina), opera Dear Mr. Millionaire: We, 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...
Gillis Sacré (Belgium), opera L'hypnose: Maybe 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.
Steven Prengels (Belgium), opera Dramaturgie d'un Passion: I 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.
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.
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!
Margareta Jerić (Canada/Croatia), opera The Feast of Nemesis: The 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.
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.
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.
Magnus Bunnskog (Sweden), opera Traum: Five minutes is very short, but calls for other types of narratologies, logic or matters of dramatic intensity. Something has to be said or expressed - but quickly - and without regrets. Wonderful!
Ten finalists were chosen to participate in the 5-Minute Opera competition taking place at the Music Biennale Zagreb in April. Read who are selected finalists and why juri chose their compositions!
U tijeku je odabir skladbi za Finale natjecanja 5-Minute Opera!
Naš žiri, u sastavu: Zygmunt Krauze, predsjednik (skladatelj i dirigent, Poljska), Edo Mičić (dirigent, Austrija) i Mladen Tarbuk (skladatelj i dirigent, Hrvatska) pregledava 81 ispravno prijavljenu partituru i bira 10 najboljih.
Although we have almost a year to go before the doors of the 28th Music Biennale Zagreb open on 18th April 2015, the program is being seriously chipped away on as we speak. We are now in position to start revealing bits and pieces, more accurately we would like to present our new project. Music Biennale Zagreb is launching a new composers' competition - 5-Minute Opera!