4th international conducting course and competition 2020

  • jury 2018
    The 2018 competition jury

This summer Opéra de Baugé and Opera To Go Ltd with conductor Konstantinos Diminakis will hold its 4th international conducting course at Les Capucins, Baugé-en-Anjou, France.

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.

We have had very positive feedback from participants of previous courses concerning the programme in general and the knowledge and teaching style of Maestro Diminakis in particular.

Course content

The course will consist of lectures and demonstrations, and conducting sessions for all participants. Sessions will include piano and orchestral rehearsals, leading to the concert/competition.

Participants will be offered tickets for the operatic performances taking place during their stay, for Die lustige Witwe on 26th July, La traviata on 28th July and Faust on 29th July. All three performances will start at 7pm, with a long interval for dinner.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Le nozze di Figaro / Don Giovanni / The Magic Flute / Cosi fan Tutte (overtures)
Ludwig van Beethoven Egmont (overture)
Gioachino Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia / Cenerentola (overtures)
Giuseppe Verdi La Traviata (Act I Prelude)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Magic Flute (Rezitativ)
Charles Gounod Faust (Introduction)
Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo)

Final concert

The public concert will take place on 31st July at the Centre Culturel René d’Anjou, Baugé during which selected participants will conduct. A 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 the following morning. The concert will take place on the evening of 31st  July and participants will 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.

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Baugé-en-Anjou, but we may be able to help with local transport. We will provide transport between where the course is taking place and participants’ lodgings.


The fee is 1,250 euros per participant, which includes all instruction and practice sessions, the final concert subject to selection, board and lodging. Upon acceptance of your application, you must make an advance payment of 250 euros to our bank account to secure your place on the course. The balance is to be paid by 10th July.

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