In 2018 the winner of the jury prize was Fernanda Lastra.
Maestro Diminakis and Opéra de Baugé will organise the third course and competition in July/August 2019, to coincide with Opéra de Baugé’s 17th international opera festival. The course will be in English language.
The course is designed for advanced students of conducting and for young conductors who have concluded their professional training, wishing to extend their knowledge and experience in rehearsing and conducting operatic repertoire. The conducting course will conclude with a public concert, conducted by the students. Professional piano répétiteurs and the Opéra de Baugé Orchestra will play for the classes, final rehearsal and concert. Students will have free access to rehearsals and performances of the opera festival.
The course will consist of lectures and demonstrations and conducting sessions for all participants with our musical directors. Sessions will include conducting 3 stage piano rehearsals and a concert of various operatic ensembles, as well as 5 orchestral sessions, leading to the competition, playing an opera-based repertoire.
A public concert will take place on 31st July at the Centre Culturel René d’Anjou, Baugé during which selected participants will conduct. An expert jury will award a first and second honour prize. There will in addition be audience and orchestra honour prizes.
The concert will be video-recorded and copies will be provided to all participants.
Participants will arrive in Baugé on 26th July and the course will start on the following morning. The concert will take place on the evening of 31st July and participants are expected to depart the following morning.
Board and lodging from 26th July to 1st August is included in the course fee. Participants will be accommodated by local families and will take their meals with the festival musicians at Les Capucins, where the festival takes place.
Whilst participants are expected to handle their own travel arrangements, we can arrange pick-ups from Angers TGV station.