Conducting course/competition 2019

Please note that this course is full and that we cannot accept any more applications. We will be in touch very shortly with all existing applicants to whom we have not yet replied to confirm or otherwise their acceptance onto the course.

This summer Opéra de Baugé with conductor Konstantinos Diminikis will hold its 3rd international conducting course at Les Capucins, Baugé-en-Anjou, France. The course will consist of lectures, demonstrations and conducting sessions for all participants. The course is limited to 10 active participants.

Final concert

A public concert will take place on July 31st at the Centre Culturel René d’Anjou, Baugé during which all active participants will conduct. A jury will award first and second prizes. There will in addition be audience and orchestra prizes. The concert will be video-rcorded and copies will be provided to all participants.

jury 2018

The 2018 jury – Paul Patterson, Philip Hesketh, John Andrews, Nicolas Bercet, with Konstantinos Diminakis

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.

Course content

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.


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.

Opera tickets

Every participant will be offered a free ticket to each of the three operas being performed this season:

The Magic Flute, Il Trovatore, Alfonso und Estrella



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan Tutte

Gioachino Rossini  

Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cenerentola

Giuseppe Verdi                                  

Il Trovatore, La Traviata (Act I Prelude)

Pietro Mascagni                                  

Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                

The Magic Flute

Orchestra : Opéra de Baugé Festival Orchestra

Language : English, German

Arrival : Friday, 26th July 2019

Public final concert :Wednesday, 31st July 2019

Cost : 1,150 euros per participant, which includes all instruction and practice sessions, the final concert, board and lodging. An advance payment of 200 euros must be made to secure a place on the course, following acceptance on application.

Application :

  • Completed application form – see below
  • CV, including details of music education and conducting experience
  • Video link(s) (if possible) of the applicant conducting

The last two items to be sent to :

Registration fee : Applicants who are admitted as active participants must pay a non-refundable registration fee of EUR 200,- after their acceptance to the following bank account. It will be deducted from the course fee.

Opera To Go Ltd

IBAN : DE54 7001 1110 6050 7517 14

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