International Conducting Course and Competition 2021

This summer Opéra de Baugé 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, and wish to extend their knowledge and experience in rehearsing and conducting operatic repertoire. It 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. The course is limited to 12 active participants.

The final public concert will take place on 30th July. 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 at lunch time on 26th July and the course will start with lecture/demonstrations in the afternoon. Board and lodging from 26th July to 31st July is included in the course fee. Participants will be accommodated by local families and will take their meals with the festival musicians. Opera de Baugé Festival Orchestra Language is English

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Baugé but we can help with local transport and transport between the course venue and participants’ lodgings.

Participants will be offered tickets for the operatic performances taking place during their stay, for Die lustige Witwe, La Traviata and Faust. All performances will start at 7pm, with a long interval for dinner.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Cosi fan tutte Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro

Ludwig van Beethoven Egmont

Gioachino Rossini La Cenerentola Il barbiere di Siviglia

Giuseppe Verdi , La traviata (Act I Prelude)

Charles Gounod Faust

Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana

Cost : 1,450 € (VAT included) per participant, which includes all instruction and practice sessions, the final concert, board and lodging. An advance payment of 250 € must be made by 1st July to secure a place on the course, following acceptance of application. It will be refunded in full in the unlikely event that we have to cancel because of recrudescence of the pandemic. Full payment is required before arriving for the course.

Application:  CV, including details of music education and conducting experience, video link(s) (if possible) of the applicant conducting. The online application form is below. Or you can email to: copy to

Registration fee: Applicants who are accepted as active participants must pay a registration fee of 250 € by July 1st to the following bank account. L’Opéra de Baugé IBAN: BE42 9671 8891 6354 BIC: TRWIBEB1XXX. It will be deducted from the course fee. The account can only be used for payments from a bank in the EU. Contact us if you are paying from outside the EU.

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