DAEGU INTERNATIONAL
OPERA AWARDS

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Welcome to “The 1st Daegu International Opera Awards” website.

Daegu, the Opera City of Korea and Asia, is proud to announce the very first International Opera Awards for future operatic stars with tremendous potential.

Many talented vocalists around the world are registering for the auditions that will take place in Vienna, Austria; Berlin, Germany; and Korea.

The winners will have the opportunity to perform with the Daegu International Opera Festival.

We are pleased to be a part of the process of developing future artists by giving them chances to hone their skills and sincerely thank our international jury members as well as the International Opera Awards committee for participating in our journey of nurturing future generations of world-class vocalists. Thank you.

Daegu Opera House Foundation
CEO Bae Sunju

DAEGU INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS
Daegu Opera House Foundation is building up global networks of international vocal music infrastructure through musical and artistic exchanges with many theaters in Asia and Europe. In order to provide opportunities for Korean and non-Korean talented artists to expand their careers overseas, Daegu Opera House hosts the first Daegu International Opera Awards (DIOA) in 2019. 

There will be three main rounds: the Qualification, the Semi-Finals and the Finals. For the Qualification, participants must upload two videos on YouTube, in which they perform two arias (one Italian and one in another language) and send the links, along with all required documents to the provided email. The Semi-Finals have three different locations: Vienna-Austria, Berlin-Germany and Daegu-South Korea. Each participant must choose one location, when applying for DIOA. The 20 participants, who pass the Semi-Finals, will join the Finals in Daegu. Transportation and hotel will be provided to all 20 participants. The Finals will be held in a form of concerts, open to public for 3 days. For the Finals, there will be arias and ensembles, for which the jury will choose the partners.

A total amount of 18,000,000 WON will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner. Apart from that, all 20 participants have the chance to debut at a European opera house. Jury members may nominate participants to make a debut at their opera house.
JURY
Dominique Meyer © Wiener Staatsoper - Michael Pöhn


Dominique Meyer
Director of the Vienna State Opera, Austria

The son of a diplomat, Dominique Meyer was born in Alsace, France, in 1955 and spent his childhood in France and Germany. In September 2010 he became Director of the Vienna State Opera.
In early 1980s Dominique Meyer worked as a commissioner at the French Ministry of Industry, where he was in charge of the electronic departments. In late 1980s he was an advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, where he was responsible for the film and cultural industries. From 1986 to 1988 Dominique Meyer was an advisor to the presidents of the Paris Opéra Pierre Viot and Raymond Soubie. In 1988 he joined the cabinet of the Minister of Culture and Communication with responsibility for film and television. He was general director of the Paris Opéra (Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille) and became a director in the cabinet of the Ministry of Communications and Media. He subsequently held the position of general director of the Lausanne Opera from 1994 to 1999. From 1999, for 11 years, he was general and artistic director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the president of the French Youth Orchestra from 2001 to 2010. He was artistic consultant to Riccardo Muti during the founding of the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini in Piacenza. He is currently on the board of directors of the European Music Theatre Academy (EMA) of the University of Vienna as well as of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP).

Björn Peters


Björn Peters
Director of Artistic Administration at the Semperoper Dresden, Germany

Björn Peters was born in Goslar in Germany in 1969. He studied Drama, Music and Ecomomy at the Freie University Berlin and in Bayreuth from 1991 until 1996. Shortly after, in 1997, he became head of Artistic Planning for the Nationale Reisopera in Enschede, Netherlands. In 2000 he went to Hamburg, where he got the position of the Head of the Office of Artistic Productions at the Hamburg State Opera. He stayed there for five years until he became Head of Artistic Organization at the Kosmische Oper Berlin in 2006. From 2010 until 2013, he was Head of Artistic Organization at Saxonian State Opera, also called Semperoper in Dresden. Since 2013 he is Director of Artistic Administration at the Saxonian State Opera in Dresden.

Dr. Birgit Meyer


Dr. Birgit Meyer
Artistic Director of the Cologne Opera House, Germany

Dr. Birgit Meyer was born in Cologne and studied medicine in Munich. While working at the hospital “Klinikum Rechts der Isar” she began her theatre studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. From 1992 to 1999 Meyer worked as a dramaturge for opera at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck and from 1999 to 2009 was head of dramaturge and a member of the board at the Vienna Volksoper. From 1997 to 2001, she was also employed at the Salzburg Festival.
In 2004 she received a teaching commission for dramaturgy at the Bavarian Theatre Academy “August Everding” before becoming a lecturer for dramaturgy at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna from 2008 to 2013.
Meyer began working as head dramaturge and director of opera at the Opera Cologne in 2009 and was appointed Intendantin at the beginning of the season 2012-2013.

Carolin Wielpütz


Carolin Wielpütz
Director of Artistic Administration Opera at the Theater Bonn, Germany

Carolin Wielpütz is Artistic Director of Opera at Theater Bonn. After studying Theatre, Film and Media Studies and English at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen/Nuremberg, she worked in a leading commercial enterprise in the field "international exchange" in Dublin / Ireland. During her studies she also studied abroad in the USA, Ireland, Spain and France, where she took part in a singing training at the Institute for Sacred Music.
After returning back to her hometown Bonn in Germany, the passionate choir singer began her professional theater career as the director's assistant at the Theater Bonn, where she had already appeared on stage in the Children and Youth Choir in her youth.
She then worked under the Intendant Klaus Weise at the same house. For several years, she worked as a project manager and consultant of the opera directorate under the direction of David Pountney at the Bregenz Festival. In 2014 she finally returned as artistic director of opera to her parent company under the direction of Bernhard Helmich. Since 2017 she is also a member of the jury of the internationally renowned singing competition OPERALIA by Placido Domingo.

Viviana Barrios


Viviana Barrios
Associate to the Artistic Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany

Viviana Barrios was born in Germany as daughter of Chilean parents. From her early childhood she was introduced to music, singing in the choir, playing the flute and participating in the theater of her hometown Bielefeld in the kids and extra choir.
After finishing school and a 6-month-stay in Brussels, she entered University. She obtained her law degree (both state examinations in German law and a certificate in Spanish law) followed by a two-years „Referendariat“ and an postgraduate study of Cultural Administration/Management. Her first contract in the business was at Theater Bielefeld where she started in the Main Office and the Sales Management but was called only 5 month later to become the Intendants Assistant. In that position she remained for 3 years. From there she was recommended to the Board of Deutsche Oper Berlin.
As Associate to the Artistic Director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she has focused her professional interest on casting and mentoring young and talented opera singers. In her position she is involved in the selection and the accompany of singers for/of the scholarship, casting issues, auditions but also in programing all kind of special events at Deutsche Oper Berlin, one of the most distinguished European Opera Houses. Another field of activity has become her interest for Singing Competitions. While making her experience over many years as a steady member of the panel for Deutsche Oper Berlin auditions, she was sent since many years to assist singing competitions. In 2015 she became part of the prestigious jury at the Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in Barcelona, replacing the Artistic Director, Christoph Seuferle. Reinvited to Barcelona in 2017 and 2019, she led the preliminary rounds in Berlin. In May 2017 she was invited as jury member of the Ada Sari Festival and Competition in Nowy Sacz/Poland and recently (November 2018) she was member of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang/Junior in Berlin.

Peter Edelmann


Peter Edelmann
Artistic Director of Seefestspiele Mörbisch Festival, Austria 

Peter Edelmann studied singing with Otto Edelmann at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and graduated in Cultural Management from the Institute for Culture Management at Vienna University of Music. In 1985, he completed his singing studies. After his first engagement at the Stadttheater Koblenz, where he was engaged for five seasons, Edelmann emerged as the winner of the main prize and the Mozart prize, as well as the seven-time winner of special awards at the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.
From 1990, he was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He made his debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In addition, he has been a guest at the Volksoper in Vienna, Semperoper in Dresden and many more. Peter Edelmann has been freelancing since 2001. He sings in venues including: Staatsoper, unter den Linden Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro la Fenice Venezia and Teatro Massimo Palermo.
From 2010, he was University Professor of Singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and was also Chairman of the Institute for Singing and Musical Theatre for three years.
Along with the mdw and the otto edelmann society, the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition Vienna was created. This competition for singers is under the organizational leadership of Peter Edelmann, and it attracts more than 100 young singers to Vienna every year.
Since September 2017, Peter Edelmann has been Artistic Director at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch festival.


Joshua Winograde
Senior Director of Artistic Programs and the Head of Casting at LA OPERA, USA
 

Joshua Winograde is Senior Director of Artistic Programs at LA Opera. Mr. Winograde previously worked with LA Opera from 2007 to 2017 as Senior Director of Artistic Planning, andhe spent the 2016-2017 season at the Metropolitan Opera where was Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and also Associate Artistic Administrator.
Mr. Winograde is currently also the Vocal Casting Director for the Bard SummerScape and Music Festival, the American Symphony Orchestra, and The Orchestra Now. He is also on the boardof the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, where he is the head juror for their renowned awards and grants. Previously, he created and ran the Opera Studio at Wolf Trap Opera, and was the Assistant Administrative Director of The Juilliard School Department ofVocal Arts, also his alma mater.
Mr. Winograde has served on many competition juries including the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Awards, the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the Innsbruck Alte Musik FestivalCesti Competition, the Galina Vishnevskaya International Competition in Moscow, the International Singers Fair in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.
Before working behind the scenes, Mr. Winograde earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School and sang professionally with HoustonGrand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra and American Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

  Sangmu Choi


Sangmu Choi
Artistic Director at the Daegu Opera House, Korea

Sangmu Choi studied singing at Kyungpook National University and continued his study in choral conducting, artistic education and opera acting at national academies, such as A.I.ART, ARENA and A.R.A.M, and graduated from ‘Lorenzo Perosi’ Conservatorium, Italy in 2004.
After he returned to Korea, he started giving lectures in Kyungpook National University and Daekyeung University. Additionally, he founded Amor Opera, Ital Opera Orchestra and Choirs and has also been active as a dramatist, starting with the script for the opera “Imetal” in 2012. Since 2014, he has been artistic director at Daegu International Choir Festival and KBS Radio panel. Since February 2017, he has been Artistic Director at Daegu Opera House.

SCHEDULE
QUALIFICATION 
Application dateJanuary 15th, 2019 – March 15th, 2019 (for Semi-Finals in Europe)
January 15th, 2019 – April 15th, 2019 (for Semi-Finals in Asia)
LocationOnline application including YouTube video links
Fee100 EUR / 100.000 WON
Age limitUnder 35 (everyone who was born after March 16th, 1983)
ResultsMarch 22nd, 2019 (Europe), April 22nd, 2019 (Asia)
SEMI-FINALS  
Date / LocationApril 15th, 2019 Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna – Austria
Date / LocationApril 16th, 2019Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin – Germany
Date / LocationMay 10th, 2019Daegu Opera House, Daegu – Korea
ResultsMid-June, 2019Via email and homepage
FINALS 
DateAugust 28th – 31st, 2019 (3 days) 
LocationDaegu – Korea*

*Transportation and accommodation will be provided 

REQUIREMENTS
APPLICATION

Following documents shall be submitted with the application:


• Completed application form
• Completed Personal Data and Privacy Policy Form
• Application user fee (100 EUR/ 100.000 WON) and proof of payment
• 1 scanned copy of passport 
• Short biography (max. 150 words, written out)
• Portrait photo (minimum size 4x6cm, resolution 300 dpi, format JPEG)
• 2 YouTube video links (see video requirements for further details)

All required documents must be sent to apply@dioa-korea.com by the following dates:
Semi-Finals in Europe: March 15th, 2019 by 23:59 CET,
Semi-Finals in Asia: April 15th, 2019 by 23:59 KST.

Applicants will be informed in writing, after receiving the complete application with all documents and the registration fee. Incorrect data and incomplete documents may result in the applicant not being admitted to the DIOA competition. The application fee and all submitted documents cannot be refunded.

Download Application Form


APPLICATION USER FEE

The user fee must be paid when applying for DIOA to one of the two accounts. 
Europe account: 100 EUR for applicants, who want to attend the Semi-Finals in Berlin or Vienna
Korea account: 100.000 WON for applicants, who want to attend the Semi-Finals in Daegu.

EUROPEAN ACCOUNT 
(Semi-Finals Berlin or Vienna)

World Culture Networks GmbH
Bank name: Bank Austria
IBAN: AT22 1200 0506 7006 7093
BIC: BKAUATWW
Reference: DIOA

KOREAN ACCOUNT
(Semi-Finals Korea)

입금은행 : 대구은행
계좌번호 : 505-10-192375-6
예금주명 : 재단법인 대구오페라하우스

Please pay according to the location of your preferred Semi-Finals location. The application fee and all submitted documents cannot be refunded.
REPERTOIRE
The following repertoire must be prepared (bindingly): a total of 6 arias in 2 different languages and three ensembles (duet and trio). At least one of the arias must be an Italian aria. The arias can overlap during the competition.

For the Qualification (YouTube):
2 arias (One Italian and one in another language)

For the Semi-Finals (Europe/ Asia): 
All 6 arias (Jury will choose the arias to be performed on the day of the Semi-Finals)
Note: Participants, who pass the Semi-Finals must choose 2 arias from the chosen repertoire. One of them must be an Italian aria. At the end of July 2019, jury will choose 2 of the 3 submitted ensembles. Participants will be informed via email.

For the Finals: 
3 arias, 2 ensembles (1 aria each, for the August 28th and 29th must be chosen by the participants. 2 ensembles chosen by the jury will be performed on August 31st. The final aria for August 31st, 2019 will be announced by the jury on August 29th, 2019). 

August 28th, 2019: 1 Italian aria only (piano accompaniment*)
August 29th, 2019: 1 aria in any language except for Italian (piano accompaniment*)
August 31st, 2019: 1 aria and 2 ensembles (orchestra accompaniment)
Note: *Pianist will be provided by the host for the Semi-Finals and the Finals.
COMPETITION

QUALIFICATION

Applicants must upload two videos to YouTube (see video requirements) and send the video links with all required application documents (see application requirements) to apply@dioa-korea.com until March 15th, 2019 by 23:59 CET (for Semi-Finals in Europe), April 15th, 2019 by 23:59 KST (for Semi-Finals in Asia). Each video should contain one opera aria (one Italian and one in another language). The application and the videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Selected participants for the Semi-Finals will be contacted and notified in writing via email and announced on the homepage.

Eligibility: Participants (m/f) of all nationalities are invited to enter the competition if they are born after March 16th, 1983.

Requirements for YouTube video recording:

• Only video recordings will be accepted (no audio-only recordings will be accepted)
• Only high quality and recent recordings (not older than a year) will be accepted
• Recordings must not be edited  
• 2 arias are required to be performed in the original language (one in Italian, one in another language)
• 2 separate videos with one aria each
• YouTube video links must be available on YouTube until August 31st, 2019


SEMI-FINALS

The Semi-Finals are the second round of the DIOA. Participants who passed the Qualifications, will be informed via email and on the homepage. There are two main locations for the Semi-Finals: Europe and Korea. Participants must choose the preferred city while applying for the DIOA. Only 20 participants will be chosen for the Finals, which will be held in Daegu. Transportation and hotel will be provided to all 20 participants.

The Semi-Finals will be held at the following locations: 
Vienna – Austria: Wiener Staatsoper, Monday, April 15th, 2019
Berlin – Germany: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Daegu – Korea: Daegu Opera House, Friday, May 10th, 2019


FINALS

The Finals are open to public and divided into 3 days.

1st day: Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, 
Location to be announced

2nd day: Thursday, August 29th, 2019,
Location to be announced

3rd day: Saturday, August 31st, 2019, 5pm
Daegu Opera House
• Performance with an orchestra in form of an opera gala concert 
• Award ceremony after the concert (+ additional events are expected)

RESULTS

< SEMI-FINALS >

Following participants passed the Semi-Finals in Vienna, congratulations!

Hyunho KIM (Baritone), South Korea
Farnoosh RAHIMI (Mezzosoprano), Iran
Tania LORENZO (Soprano), Spain
Kihoon HAN (Bass-Baritone), South Korea
Ylva GRUEN (Mezzosoprano), Sweden
Vassia ALATI (Soprano), Greece

Following participants passed the Semi-Finals in Berlin, congratulations!

Dmitry IVANCHEY (Tenor), Russia
Ahyoung KIM (Soprano), South Korea
Bryan MURRAY (Baritone), USA
Wonhee YOU (Tenor), South Korea
Geonhee KIM (Soprano), South Korea
Myungin LEE (Tenor), South Korea


< QUALIFICATIONS >

Following participants passed the Qualifications in Daegu, congratulations!

Kyoung A YIM 
Gyu Seok JO 
Pyeong Gang KIM
Hyun Sik SHIN
Yeon Jae CHO
Sungk Kyu CHOI
Seong Joo KIM
Jong Dal LIM
Kyeong Wook JANG
Yoon Geong LEE
Hae Won LEE
Whang Kyung KIM
Lehlin THAI
Ji Won YOU
FENGJIA ZHU
Da Jeong SONG
Chang Wook JANG
Kyeung Sun KUK
Yo Han JI
Yo Han YANG
Jun Hak LEE
Ki Hun PARK
Ha Yan KIM
Byung Jun KO
Seung Yeon JEONG
Sung Jun CHO
DeuBoRa JEONG
SangHyun PARK
Kyeong Hun LIM
Ju Eun JEONG
Min Seong KANG
Soo yeon KANG
SU Jin CHOI
Geon KIM
Eun Jung LEE
Chang Sung PARK
Young Jae KIM
MengShi LI
Jun Heon HAN
Sang Hun LEE
Hyo Byung SUNG
Sung Bin, KIM
Eun Ili CHO
PRIZES
Prizes of the Daegu International Opera Awards are provided by Daegu Opera House. 

Prizes
1. Prize: 10,000,000 WON
2. Prize: 5,000,000 WON
3. Prize: 3,000,000 WON

Debut prize
All 20 participants, who make it to the Finals, have the chance to debut at one of the Opera Houses of the jury, as they may nominate participants to make a debut at their opera house for the 2020/2021 season.
CONTACT

DIOA

info@dioa-korea.com
www.dioa-korea.com


KOREA:

DOH

 Daegu Opera House
Ryu GaYeong
15, Hoam Street, Buk-Gu, Daegu 41585, Korea
Performance Planning Team
Tel. +82-53-666-6034


EUROPE & OTHER COUNTRIES:

WCN

World Culture Networks GmbH
c/o Mr. Siwoung Song, MA
Opernring 1/R/608, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 522 6243 82



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