GET IN THE RING – a record number of 126 teams with 326 participants from 32 nations followed our call and submitted their stage direction and stage design concepts for the competition opera “Don Giovanni” by 19 August 2019.
RING AWARD Intendant Heinz Weyringer:
“We were overwhelmed by the large number of submissions from all five continents. This proves that the interest of young artists in musical theatre is still rising. Our unique platform acts as a successful international stepping stone for young talents – from local theatres to the Bayreuth Festival. We are very pleased about this and also a little proud. ”
The RING AWARD jury, consisting of 20 renowned Intendants and experts of musical theatre from all over Europe, travelled to Graz for the 1st round of the competition to judge all submissions at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. These are their favourite teams and our semifinalists:
This means the RING AWARD Semifinal boasts 26 participants, 16 woman and 10 men, from the fields of stage directing, stage design, costume design and dramaturgy. Participants come from 11 nations: Germany (13), France (3) Poland (2) , Austria (1), Belgium (1), Greece (1), Italy (1), Latvia (1), Romania (1), Spain (1), and Switzerland (1).
The 9 semifinal teams have time until 9 January 2020 to get ready. Then round 2 will begin with probational rehearsals, concept talks and feasibility studies in front of the jury.
On 11 January 2020 we invite the interested public to cheer on the teams for their presentations at Next Liberty, Graz.
When: 11 January 2020
Where: Next Liberty, Graz, Austria
Round 3 – the RING AWARD 20 Final – takes place on 27 and 28 June 2020 at Schauspielhaus Graz.
The foundation of the Wagner Forum Graz in 1995 marks also the birth of the RING AWARD Competition. To promote young talents the RING AWARD was forged by Heinz Weyringer, who is now, with the RING AWARD 20, leading the competition into its successful 25th year.
Ever since its first competition in 1997 the RING AWARD has established itself as an international stepping stone for young talents in the musical theatre. Among the well-known winners are David Hermann, Isabel Ostermann, or Tatjana Gürbaca. Recently the RING AWARD 17 winners Valentin Schwarz und Andrea Cozzi made headlines when it was announced that they will work on a new production of the “Ring of the Nibelung” for the Bayreuth Festival in 2020. In this they follow the example of the RING AWARD 08 winners Tobias Kratzer und Rainer Sellmaier, who opened the Bayreuth Festival season of 2019 with their new production of “Tannhäuser”.
3 teams will be nominated for the competition final, 1 Audience Award
Winner of the “RING AWARD“ and all other winners will be announced
Audience Award: EUR 1.000
1st Prize: “RING AWARD“: a stage production with stage design at one of the stages of Bühnen Graz, donated by Oper Graz
2nd Prize: EUR 5.000
3rd Prize: EUR 3.000
Traditionally, additional special prizes for stage productions with stage designs are awarded by several theatres and opera houses.