The countdown has started: RING AWARD 2017 enters its second decisive phase. 89 teams, consisting of 200 participants from 24 countries, have entered 8th edition of our international competition for stage direction and stage design in the musical theatre. 2017 also marks the 20th anniversary of the RING AWARD. We proudly look back on 581 teams, consisting of altogether 1.239 participants from 49 countries.

In 2017 the opera chosen for the contest is Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”. All teams have submitted their directorial and stage design concepts by August 8th, 2016. The top-class RING AWARD jury, chaired by Nora Schmid, intendant Oper Graz, carefully reviewed all entries and had the difficult task of choosing the semi-finalist teams from a large number of impressively high-quality entries. Eleven teams were finally chosen. The semi-finalists were notified via email and are now preparing for the presentations of their concepts on January 14th, 2017, at Next Liberty in Graz. The RING AWARD semi-final is open to the public, free of charge, and we warmly welcome anyone interested to attend. The jury will then and there decide on the finalists, who will present their work in June 2017.

The Semi-finalist Teams of the RING AWARD 2017 (in alphabetical order!):

Andrea Bernard (I) / Alberto Beltrame (I) / Elena Beccaro (I)
Barbora Horakova Joly (CZ) / Cornelia Schmidt (D)                                        
Luise Kautz (D) / Lani Tran Duc (F) / Hannah Barbara Bachmann (D) / Antonia Goldhammer (D)
Béatrice Lachaussée (F) / Dominique Wiesbauer (A) / Nele Ellegiers (D)
Claudia Isabel Martin (D) / Julia Katharina Berndt (D) / Janina Zell (D)
Sergei Morozov (RUS) / Aleksandra Alekseeva (RUS)                                      
Wolfgang Nägele (D) / Hannah König (A) / Isabelle Bischof (CH)
Jeanne Pansard-Besson (F) / Cléo Laigret (F) / Alice Anselmi (I)
Morten K. Roesen (DK) / Karin Gille (SWE)                                   
Valentin Schwarz (A) / Andrea Cozzi (I)                                    
Yuliia Zhuravkova (UKR) / Bohdan Polishchuk (UKR)

Participating Countries: Germany (8), Italy (5), France (4), Austria (3), Russia (2), Ukraine (2), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (1), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1)

Number of Participants 2017: This year we boast a record number of Austrian participants with 27 entrants. Front runner in 2017 remains Germany with 72 participants, followed by Italy with 37, and Austria with its 27 participants.

We are happy to have received our first entries from Belarus and Columbia.

Semi-final: Jan 13th – 14th, 2017, at Next Liberty, Graz
Final: June 24th & 25th, 2017, at Schauspielhaus Graz

Semi-final Programme: RING AWARD FORUM: On January 13th, 2017, there will be a round-table discussion hosted by the RING AWARD 17 and the magazine “Opernwelt” at Next Liberty. The topic is “Klangbilder – Bildklänge: Neue Medien und das Musiktheater” (“Sound Images – Visual Sounds: New Media and the Musical Theatre”). Chaired by Albrecht Thiemann (“Opernwelt”), high-profile participants Markus Hinterhäuser (intendant Salzburger Festspiele), Benedikt von Peter (intendant Luzern Theater), Roland Horvath (rocafilm), Momme Hinrichs (fettfilm), and Johanna Dombois (writer) will discuss the relationship between musical theatre and new media. The round table will be in German. Entrance is free.

On January 14th, 2017, there will be the public presentation of the directorial and stage design concepts of the semi-finalists. The location is Next Liberty (a detailed programme will be announced soon), entrance is free.

RING AWARD Final: The RING AWARD final will take place at Schauspielhaus Graz on June 24th and 25th, 2017. It involves the presentation of a chosen act of “Don Pasquale”, staged by each of the three finalist teams, the selection of the winners, as well as the opening and closing events. All events and performances are open to the public free of charge.

We would like to point out a new feature of the RING AWARD:

RING AWARD on Tour in StyriaIn May 2017, the RING AWARD 17, Oper Graz, and Schauspielhaus Graz will host a shared event in various sites in Styria. Oper Graz and Schauspielhaus Graz will present their 2017/18 programmes and the RING AWARD will take up this opportunity to present some of the semi-finalist teams with their competition entries.

Detailed information on the programme, dates and locations will be announced in spring 2017.