by Gaetano Donizetti

The competition is in three stages.

stage 1

Each RING AWARD team develops a complete general concept, with consideration of the musical text, for the staging of the whole competition opera and produces drawings for the set or sets, including figurines. The jury selects nine teams to enter the second stage of the competition. The decision will be taken in September 2016.

Submission deadline: 8 August 2016

stage 2 

Semifinals teams are expected to develop detailed stage conceptions for the first act of the competition opera with appropriate sets using conventional methods (models 1 : 20) and, optionally, additional electronic means. The work of the teams is presented to the juries and a public audience at an official meeting. Presentation time for each team is a maximum of 20 minutes. 
In addition, probational rehearsals will be held to inform the RING AWARD Jury about the technical skills of the competing directors, and also the designers will be critically interviewed about the  feasibility of their conceptions. Results of these rehearsals and interviews will become part of the overall judgements after the semifinals presentations. The RING AWARD Jury decides on three teams to enter the third stage of the competition. 
Each semifinals team receives a recognition fee of EUR 2.500 for participating in the semifinals. This fee covers all costs for travel and accommodation. In addition, at the semifinals the Honorary Presidium’s Award and an Audience Prize will be awarded.


On the eve of the semifinals, on 13 January 2017, a round-table discussion will take place at the Youth Theatre Next Liberty Graz. It is jointly organized by RING AWARD and the professional journal »Opernwelt«. Chaired by Albrecht Thiemann, a group of well-known experts in the field will discuss a topical issue in the world of contemporary musical theatre. 

Timetable semifinals

The public presentation of the projects takes place on 14 January 2017 at the Next Liberty Graz.

Semifinals: 13 – 14 January 2017 at Next Liberty

stage 3 

It is the task for the final RING AWARD teams to prepare within 8 days (14 – 22 June 2017) a stage performance of the first act of the competition opera with the singers and musical accompaniment in the appropriate set or sets. In accordance with the aims of the competition, the musical accompaniment will be by piano. The finals teams are required to hand in to the competition organizers their particular arrangements of the piano score which form the basis of their performances (by 1 May 2017). At the finals (24 & 25 June 2017) at Schauspielhaus Graz the versions of the first act of the competition opera will be performed before a public audience and the juries. 
Each finals team will receive a recognition fee of EUR 7.000 for participating in the finals. This fee covers all costs for travel and accommodation. All teams work to the same budget, which must not be exceeded in any circumstances. All RING AWARD teams will have the same stage facilities at their disposal. 

Timetable finals 

The final set and costume designs will have to be delivered by 28 February 2017. The adapted piano score arrangements will have to be sent to both the organizers and the allotted team of singers by 1 Mai 2017 (date of postmark). 14 – 22 June 2017: rehearsals with the singers

Finals: 24 & 25 June 2017 at Schauspielhaus Graz