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International Stanisław Moniuszko Composers’ Competition for a Micro-Opera Entitled "12 Minutes for Moniuszko"


In connection with the year 2019 having been declared the “Year of Stanisław Moniuszko” by an act of the Polish Parliament, the Polish Composers’ Union and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera hereby announce the International Stanisław Moniuszko Composers’ Competition for a micro-opera.

Moniuszko’s stage works take up many issues concerning the society and everyday life, as well as referring to contemporary events important for Poles. They combine drama with comic elements. They offer high-quality entertainment without compromising the aesthetic qualities. They wonderfully reflect the emotional states of the dramatic figures and the specific mood of each situation. They make excellent use of character interactions and of dramatic motives typical of the theatre, aptly represented by Moniuszko in music – through melody, instrumentation, and other musical components. The competition aims to achieve the same aims in our own times, using the adequate contemporary artistic tools. We want to revive, in present-day conditions, the specific idea of Moniuszko’s operas as musical dramas based on social topics.

The competition may be entered by music composers of all nationalities and without an age limit. Entering the Competition is free of charge. The entry submitted to the Competition should be sent only electronically by the end of 31st July 2019. The Competition consists of two Stages: in Stage One, maximum six Works will be selected to be staged in the Emil Młynarski Chamber Music Hall of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw; in Stage Two, the Works selected for production will be publicly performed during one Night of World Premieres on 14th December 2019, after which the winners of the Competition will be chosen.

The winner of the Competition shall receive a Grand Prix amounting to 40,000 PLN and the title of Winner of the Competition. The other composers of works staged during the Night of World Premieres shall receive Prizes amounting to 20,000 PLN each and the title of Prizewinner. Independently of the prizes listed above, the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera Audience Award, amounting to 10,000 PLN, shall be presented, accompanied by the title of Audience Award Winner. 

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