13th EOP semi-final

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The four finalists of the 13th EOP – European Opera-directing Prize have been announced.

Ten young up-and-coming opera directors under the age of 35 years have pitched their ideas to Bedřich Smetana‘s ‚Two Widows‘ to a jury of five. At the end of the semi-final round that had lasted two days the jury announced the four finalists of the 13th EOP – European Opera-directing Prize:

Benedikt Arnold (D)

Chiara Osella (IT)

Lorenzo Ponte (IT) und

Verena Silcher (D)

The final round is planned to take place on the 29th July 2023 in Birmingham at the BOC (Birmingham Opera Company), where the winning opera production will be performed later in the year as well as at the Smetana Festival.

In the run-up to the 13th EOP – European Opera-directing Prize applications from 46 teams, 91 participants in total and 18 nationalities from all over the world were received.

From left to right: Armin Kretschmar, Karen Stone, Aleš Březina, Barbara Minghetti (Juryvorsitz), Richard Willacy, Vasyl Vovkun

The EOP panel of judges consists of renowned artistic directors as well as distinguished opera stage directors. For the 13th EOP these are:

Barbara Minghetti, Director of Teatro Sociale di Como and Artistic Director of Festival Verdi of Parma (Vorsitz)

Karen Stone, Director of Opera Europa

Aleš Březina, Director of Smetana Festival

Richard Willacy, Director of BOC, Birmingham Opera Company

Vasyl Vovkun, Director of Lviv National Opera


Every two years the Camerata Nuova invites tenders for the EOP-European Opera-directing Prize, in collaboration with one European Opera House as well as Opera Europa, an association of more than 200 opera houses and festivals. The EOP is the major competition for young  opera directors with the widest international reach.

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