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The Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix in China

The Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix was founded in 1974, as a member of the UNESCO World Music Competition. It has been 

recognized as the top ten international music competitions in the world. The Athenaeum International Cultural Centre has authorized and 

hosted the competition with Yong Xian (Beijing) Performance Limited Company. " The Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas 

International Opera Grand Prix in China" was held in Beijing on 28th October 2017 to 2nd November 2017 to bring operatic singing in 

China up to international standard, to discover and introducing outstanding young Chinese to the world stage of Opera.

 

    Organizer        : The Athenaeum International Cultural Centre 


                              : Yong Xian (Beijing) Performance Limited Company


   Co-Organizer  : Yong Xian (Beijing) Performance Limited Company


   Address           : China Conservatory of Music




1.Subject:

               "The Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix in China"

        

       2.    Purpose:

            To promote valuable musical and cultural exchange between China and the world, and to discover and cultivate talented young singers 

for China as well as introducing them to the international Opera stage.

 

3.Program

Selected total six of outstanding players (the top three placing of the male and female voices) and recommended for the Grand Prix in Athens, 

Greece on 3rd December, 2017.


4. Participants

Open nationwide to all professional trained musician and vocalist.


5. Age Restrictions

             Female participants date of birth from 1st December 1986 or later

             Male participants date of birth from 1st December 1984 or later






6.  Registration Guide


(i)Please complete registration application form, mail or E-mail to the organizer " The Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International 

Opera Grand Prix in China"

             Organizer Address: 1st Floor, National Fitness Center, Capital Gymnasium, No.  56,Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing

    Zip code: 100044

    Contact number: 010-57180812

    Fax: 010-68363450

    E-mail: Maria_Callas@163.com

 

(ii) The following documents must be attached to the completed application form:

    a) Resume

    b) Contact information

    c) Biography and music academic background of the participants includes: (Education institutions, education level, vocal instructors of previous 

2 years and training experiences) 

    d) Achievement in international competitions (if any)

    e) All the repertoire (genre: oratorio, opera, etc.)

    f) All experiences of the participants

    g) CDs or other recordings by the participants (if any)

    h) Two recent photos of the participants (9x12cm)

        (Original image, jpeg or pdf format, high resolution, at least 300dpi)

i)Registration fee of RMB 1,200 must be made to the organizer's bank account before 15th October 2017, after receiving the confirmation from the 

organizer. 

  All registration fees is not payable or returnable in any circumstances.



7. Requirement for " The Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix in China"

a)  All works have to be in original language and tonality (except for works published by internationally recognized music publishers with different 

tonality); 

             b)   Do not select works of non-designated composers (see table below);

             c) Each player chooses five entries to participate in the competition.

  (Two works in the preliminary competition: one repertoire in Group B and one repertoire in Group C; three in the rematch: two repertoire in Group 

B and one repertoire in Group C);

            d) The submitted repertoire should accurately indicate the tunes that will be sung in each round of the competition;

            e) Required to memorize all the repertoire;

                 f) Participants should indicate their voices (soprano, mezzo-soprano, etc.) on the registration form;

            g) Participants will be listing in alphabetical order of the last name, starting with the letter "P" this year;

           h)  Each round of the Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix has the right to record and broadcast on radio and television. Each player 

is not allowed to cancel and provide any claim for bonus expenses from his or her license with the Yong Xian (Beijing) Performance Limited Company. 

Recordings and television broadcasts mentioned above might be reproducing and circulating for educational, documentation, museum or publishing

 purposes;

i) Accommodation would be provided for the qualified participants. The participant must notify the Organizing Committee of the exact date of arrival 

at least 4 weeks before the competition, otherwise the accommodation arrangement will not be guaranteed (the accommodation fee must be made 

by the participants);

  j)  The qualifications of the participants shall be subject to the registration fee received by the organizers of the competition. The organizers shall be 

notified within a reasonable time if they are unable to participate in the Maria Callas Grand Prix for any reason; the registration fee will not be 

refunded;

11. The organizers will not accept any changes for the competition after 15th October 2017;

12. First tournament in China will be held according to the provincial level of the qualifiers. Participants might register to the nearest venue of the 

tournament. (Provincial address need to be attached)



Repertoire selection

Group A     Arie Antiche composed by: Caldara, Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Scarlatti etc.

Group B    Opera arias composed by: Beethoven, Bellini, Bizet, Boito, Borodine, Catalani, Charpentier, Cilea, Debussy, Delibes, Donizetti, Giordano, 

Gluck, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Massenet, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Ponchielli, Puccini, Rossini, Saint-Saens, R. Strauss, Thomas, Tchaikovsky, 

Verdi, Wagner and Weber.

Group C Lieder by: Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, De Falla, Duparc, Dvorák, Fauré, Granados, Grieg, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, 

Respighi, Schubert, Cl. & R. Schumann, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky and H. Wolf.

Also Lieder by: Bartók, Berg, Berio, Britten, Copland, Dallapiccola, Hindemith, Ives, Milhaud, Pizetti, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, 

Stravinsky and Webern.

      



Note: The following preparations must be made once the participants had been confirmed to enter the 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand 

Prix in Athens:

   

To master a complete main role of Mozart, Verdi or Puccini in an opera, preparing for the second round of the Athens competition.

      Group A composer 1 aria (cannot be repeated with the full character aria)

      Group B composer 4 arias (cannot be repeated with full character vocals)

      Group C composer 4 repertoire

 

            8.  The jury

International jury (recommended by the The Athenaeum International Cultural Centre) and a Chinese judges.

 

            9.  Schedule of The Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix in China

            

Date: 10th October 28

1. Attendance of participants

2.Opening ceremony and concert at night


Date: 29-30th October

First qualifying round

Date: October 31

Second qualifying round

Date: 1st November

1. Announce the list of qualifier to Athens

2. International Vocal Master Class

Date: 2nd November

1.Stage rehearsal

2.  Closing ceremony of concert

Date: 3-15th November

Procedure in charged by organizer to Greece

Date: 1st  December

Chinese participants arrived in Athens, Greece



    10. Results of the Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix in China 

    (a)  Selected six outstanding Chinese young singers will be selected to go to Greece to participate in the "40th Maria Callas International Opera 

Grand Prix" held in Athens on December 3, 2017. "The finals."

    (b) The “Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix in China” will select three best instructors and issue 

certificates.

    (c) The " Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix in China" will select three best piano accompaniments and 

issue a certificate.

    (d) The “Qualifying Tournament of 40th Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix in China” The first round of the male and female voices 

will be qualified to participate the Opera grand prix in Athens, Greece, and it is provided by the organizers of China.

 



         10.  Cost

    a)  The registration fees for the China Qualifying Round is 1,200 RMB (the fee includes competitions, concerts and master classes)

    b) The money will not be refunded under any circumstances.

 

      12.   The award of Maria Callas International Opera Grand Prix Athens competition 


    Female Voice Department :

First Prize: Maria Callas Award, 10,000 Euros, Gold Medal, Certificate, Music showcase 

Second Prize 5,000 Euro, Silver Medal, Certificate

Third prize 3,000 euros, silver medal, certificate

 

    Male Voice Department:

Maria Callas Award 10,000 Euro, Gold Medal, Certificate, Music showcase

Second Prize 5,000 Euro, Silver Medal, Certificate

Third prize 3,000 euros, silver medal, certificate

 

 

[Registration form and statement form the participants need to be attached]


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