The "Callas" Grand Debut Prize is a new initiative by Opera Classica Europa, which gives the participants the opportunity to compete for cash prizes, roles and an opportunity to sing at the spectacular Alte Oper Frankfurt, in Germany.
The competition is in 2 stages.
1st stage: Sending us two recordings. Click APPLY, download the "Callas GDP" form, fill it out and don't forget to include links to two videos (preferred) or recordings of yourself.
2nd stage: Competition in Bad Schwalbach. There will be live auditions in September 2020. There will be seven winners.
1st Prize: The 1st Prize Winner will receive €500 in prize money and the opportunity to sing one aria at the spectacular Alte Oper Frankfurt on October 11th, 2020 in the "Galakonzert - Hommage an Maria Callas".
2nd Prize: There will be two 2nd prize winners: The 2nd Prize will be a full scholarship (fee waver) for any opera in the Opera Classica Europa Pathway to Performance program for 2020/21 allowing the winner to partake without paying any fees. For more information about the Pathway to Performance click the link below. Projects for 2020/21 to be announced in August/September 2020.
3rd Prize: There will be four 3rd Prize winners: The 3rd Prize will be two tickets to the prestigious "Galakonzert - Hommage an Maria Callas" at Alte Oper Frankfurt on October 11th, 2020 following the day of the 2nd stage of the competition.
Once you apply, a panel of international judges chaired by Michael Vaccaro (Intendant of Opera Classica Europa) will look at your material. If the material passes the initial screening, you will be sent the terms for participation in the competition, along with all necessary information.
Closing date for application: August 31st, 2020.
Participation fee: €40.