15th BORIS CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS

20th – 25th  September, 2014

 The Sofia National Opera   
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
The Municipality of Sofia
The Sofia Opera and Ballet
The BORIS  CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS Foundation


REGULATIONS

of

the XV-th BORIS  CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR  YOUNG OPERA SINGERS

 I.ELIGIBILITY
                       
Art. 1. (1) The 15th  BORIS  CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS  will be held  at the Sofia National Opera, 30,  Dondukov Blvd, Sofia, from 20th  to 25th  September, 2014.

            (2) The Competition  is open to Competitors (men and women)of all nationalities
born after 26th September 1978 and who comply with the present Regulations

Art .2. The candidates must send  the following documents by email or regular mail postmarked not later than 30th  June,2014 :

1.An  application according to the attached form
2. A copy of  passport  (ID card)
3. Their performance of three opera arias recorded on CD
4. An  artistic curriculum vitae in English or Bulgarian, comprising data for the candidate’s education, his/her opera repertoire, participation in performances and concerts, awards received, etc.
5. 2 photos: one in a costume of an opera performance and  one  9 x 13 cm photo  for the Competion’s brochure and the press. High definition photos are also accepted on CD.

Art. 3.  The documents mentioned in Art.2 must be sent to the following address:

15th BORIS  CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS

1, Bulgaria Square
1463 Sofia
Bulgaria

Phone/fax:/ 003592 / 954 90 86
phone:/ 003592 / 952 15 58

e-mail: borischristoff@abv.bg
e-mail: borischristoff@yahoo.com

Art. 4. Written notifications will be sent to the applicants approved for participation not later than  July 23, 2014.

           II. COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Art. 5. The Competition will be held in three stages open to the public.

COMPETITION  PROGRAMME

FIRST  STAGE

One aria performed by the Competitior  and recorded on CD, composed by :

Beethoven, Gluck, Lully, Monteverdi, Mozart, Haydn, Haendel, Cimarosa  or  other  17th  and 18th  century composer

Two arias  performed by the candidate and recorded on CD, composed by :

Verdi, Donicetti, Bellini, Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, Weber, Glinka, Gounod, Dvorak, Delibes, Giordano, Mascani, Puccini, Rimsky-Korsakov, Moussorgsky, Smetana, Tchaykovsky, Tomas, R.Strauss, Cilea or other 19th century composer.

 

SECOND STAGE
(with audience at the Sofia National Opera)

One aria by:

Bizet, Wagner, Weber, Glinka,Gounod, Dvorak, Delibes, Rimsky-Korsakov,Moussorgsky, Smetana, Thomas, Tchaikovsky, R.Strauss,Cilea or other 19 th century composer

One aria by:

Menotti, Prokofiev, Stravinski,Berg, Britten, Gershwin, Shostakovich,Janacek, or other 20th century composer

One song  by a Bulgarian composer (scores and lyrics of Bulgarian songs are available at www.borischristoff.dir.bg).

THIRD STAGE

One aria by:

Verdi, Rossini, Donicetti, Bellini, Giordano, Mascani, Puccini or Cilea.

One aria by:

Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Wagner, Weber, Delibes,  Rimsky-Korsakov, Moussorgsky,  Thomas, Tchaikovsky or R.Strauss

The arias performed in the Second Stage must be different from those performed in the Third Stage.

Art. 6. Competitors must list on the application form  the works they will perform in the three stages. The listed programme should not be changed. All works have to be performed as per  their original score.Competitors must provide scores for the works they perform.

Art. 7. Competition schedule:

FIRST STAGE

1-20 July, 2014 - auditioning of competitors’ CD recordings by the Jury at the Bulgarian National Radio.

23 July, 2014 - Competitors are being informed if they are admitted to participate in the Second Stage.

SECOND STAGE

20 September, 2014

10 a.m.            All candidates admitted for participation in the Second Stage of the Competition have to visit the Secretariat of the Competition located in the building of the Sofia National Opera, in order to be registered and  pay  the entry fee of  EURO 80.

6.30 p.m.      Opening ceremony with a performance of the Sofia National Opera

SECOND STAGE WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIST

21 September, 2014 (Sunday)

10 a.m. -          drawing of lots for the order of appearance of the candidates during the second stage (open to the public).

11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.    audition with piano

           
5 p.m. -           audition with piano

22 September, 2014 (Monday)

10a.m. - 1 p.m. - audition with piano

3 p.m. -           audition with piano

7 p.m. - announcement of the Jury’s  decisions

23 September , 2014 (Tuesday)

10 a.m-1 p.m. –audition with piano
3 p.m. – 5 a.m.- rehearsal and preparation for participation in the Third Stage

24 September , 2014 (Wednesday) – Third Stage with orchestra

11a.m. - 1p.m.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

25 September, 2014 (Thursday)

11a.m. - 1p.m.   rehearsal with orchestra for  participants  in the final  Gala concert

7 p.m.           announcement of  laureates and  awarding of prizes
                     Gala concert of the finalists and the laureates of the Competition.

Art . 8.  The Competitors take part in the second and third stage  according to voice types  and  as per  their  lot  order  drawn  in public on  21 September, 2014

The performance time for  Competitors  in the Second stage is up to 20 minutes

Art. 9.  The Competitors  will be provided with :

- a  piano accompanist  (if  bringing  their  own piano - accompanist, Competitors  should pay  his/her costs)       
- rehearsal rooms with  a piano
-  one rehearsal with orchestra for Competitors  in the third stage.

III. JUDGING AND SCORING

Art. 10. (1)Competitors  are judged by an International Jury comprised of eminent musicians.
(2) The  ballot of the Jury is secret and  its decisions are final.
(3) Jurors having  a relationship with  the  Competitor  which might be perceived as  influencing the vote  must abstain.

Art. 11. (1)  Scoring

1. First stage - Jurors  vote with ‘yes’ and  ‘no’ only.
2. Second and  third  stage  - Scoring will be based on  numerical system of 25 points. The highest and the lowest scores for each Competitor  will be eliminated .

(2) Up to 26 Competitors will be admitted to the second  stage,and  up to 10  Competitors  who have  scored  at  least 18 points during the second  stage will be admitted to the third stage.

(3) The final ranking  is  formed of  the  scores  each  Competitor  got  at  the second stage plus the double score received at the third stage.

(4). Laureate titles are to be awarded only to Competitors whose final  total score is at least 54 points.
 
IV. PRIZES

Art. 12.  The Laureates of the 15th BORIS CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS  will be awarded the following prizes:

GRAND PRIX OF SOFIA

USD 7000, a gold medal, a diploma

WOMEN

First prize - USD 4000, a gold medal and a diploma
Second prize - USD 3500, a silver medal and a diploma
Third prize - USD 2000,a  bronze medal and a diploma

MEN

First prize -  USD 4000, a gold medal and a diploma
Second prize - USD 3000, a silver medal and a diploma
Third prize - USD 2000, a bronze medal and a diploma

Competitors who have taken part in the third stage, but have no Laureate award, receive a diploma and  USD 500.

Art. 13. All prizes are indivisible. The Jury is not bound to award  all prizes.  Cash encouragements and special awards are envisaged as well.

V. FINANCIAL  TERMS

Art.14.  The following costs are to be borne by the Competitors.

- round trip travel  costs;
- medical assistance costs in case of  any  chronic or long term disease;
- personal insurance and visa fees;
- travel and any  other costs for  the accompanying  persons  (including  own piano- accompanist), if any;

Art. 15. The following costs are to be borne by the BORIS CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS FOUNDATION:

-  all costs  related to organisation and  implementation of  the Competition, including  prizes

-  hotel accommodation for the Competitors admitted to the Second stage , considered from the  first  day of  the Second stage  and  as long as they  participate in the Competition.

Art. 16. The application processing fee is EURO 80.

VI. OTHER  CONDITIONS

Art. 17. The programme of the Competition includes the three stages and  a final Gala concert , where the Laureate prizes are to be awarded.  The participation of  the finalists in it is binding  and  no royalties are paid. The programme for the Gala concert is arranged  by the Jury.

Art. 18.The  BORIS CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS  FOUNDATION  reserves the right  to broadcast, televise, distribute and reproduce audio and video recordings  without  paying  additional royalties  to the  Competitors.

Art. 19. By signing the application form the applicants agree to all the terms stated  in the present Rules.

Art. 20. The Bulgarian- language  version of the Rules and the application form will be the final authority.

ENCLOSURE:

1 .Application form.
2. List of songs by Bulgarian composers

 

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Please, fill in block letters or type

APPLICATION FORM



Name.................................................Family.........................................Voice Classification...................................................


Date and place ofbirth..............................................................................Nationality...........................................................


Address: Country..............................................................City..........................................Postal Code.................................


Street..............................................................................................................................No.................................................


Phone...........................................................Fax........................................e- mail................................................................


Country I will compete for: ..................................................................................................................................................


I will require / will not require/ the services of a piano accompanist .
I will bring my own piano accompanist at my own expense :


Name..........................................................Family name..............................................Country...........................................

Please, provide me/do not provide me/ with a stage costume for the opera performance at the third stage

I’ ve made my choice to participate with the following works from the Competition programme:


First stage:

Three arias

composer
opera title
initial words
1.    
2.    
3.    



Second Stage:

Three arias

composer
opera title
initial words
1.    
2.    
3.    


A song by a Bulgarian composer:

......................................................................................................................................

......................................................................................................................................


Third Stage:

composer
opera title
initial words
1.    
2.    

(Preferred part is to be listed first)


I herewith declare to comply with the terms of the Competition Rules.
The BORIS CHRISTOFF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG OPERA SINGERS FOUNDATION have the right to broadcast, televise,distribute and reproduce audio and video recordings of my performances in the Competition programme, publish my photos and my artistic biography without paying any royalties to me.

Date and Place:
Signature:


LIST OF SONGS  BY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS.

For medium and low voices:

1.Wine I’m drinking – composed by Dobri Hristov, lyrics by Tsanko Tserkovski
2.Nine years have passed already, Yonka – composed by Pancho Vladigerov, a folk song
3.Craddle Song  - composed by Parashkev Hadjiev, lyrics by Mladen Isaev
4.Dream – composed by Todor Popov, lyrics by Hristo Radevski

For high voices

1. Hey, Lassie – composed by Dobri Hristov, lyrics by Tsanko Tserkovsky
2. Hushaby and sleep, Damyancho – composed by Lubomir Pipkov, a folk song
3. The Blue-Eeyed – composed by G.Z.-Cherkin, lyrics by Elissaveta Bagriana
4. Spring Song – composed by Todor Popov, lyrics by Ivan Davidkov
5. Stanzas – composed by Dimitar Tapkov, lyrics by Dimcho Debelyanov