12th EOP final • The four winning teams.
The final round of the EOP – European Opera-directing Prize took place on the 23rd February 2022 at the Det Kongelige Teater Copenhagen (Royal Danish Opera).
On one of the rehearsal stages of the opera house all four teams had to work with the singers on a scene of Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw in front of a jury of five. Based on their interpretations of the opera and their directing concepts that had won them the final round, all of them had to prepare the same scene. While their individual directing concepts had been the focus of the semi-finals, their work with the singers was the main focus for the jury on the day of the finals.
In the run-up to the 12. EOP – European Opera-directing Prize applications from 82 teams, 204 participants in total and 35 nationalities from all over the world were received. Ten young up-and-coming opera directors under the age of 35 years were chosen for the semi-finals last november, in which the ideas of the four teams above stood out and made it to the final round.
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.
Anthony Almeida (UK) Director
With Rosanna Vize, Set-design
Staging of The Turn of the Screw, Benjamin Britten, at Det Kongelige Teater (Royal Danish Opera) in Copenhagen. September 2023
Victoria Stevens (SA) Director
With Anna Kirsch, Set-design
Staging of a Chamber Opera at the State Opera Hanover. Autumn 2022
Lorenzo Ponte (IT) Director
Engagement as directing assistant at a leading German opera house.
Marieluisa Bafunno und Vanessa Codutti (IT) Directors
Engagement as directing assistants at a leading German opera house.
The EOP panel of judges consists of renowned artistic directors as well as distinguished opera stage directors. For the 12th EOP these are:
Laura Berman, General Director, Staatstheater Hanover (Chair),
Matthieu Dussouillez, General Director, Opéra national de Lorraine Nancy,
John Fulljames, Artistic Director, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen,
Randi Stene, Artistic Director, Norwegian National Opera Oslo and
Katharina Thoma, Freelance Director and former EOP laureate
Benjamin Britten • The Turn of the Screw.
Première 14. September 1954 at the Venice Festival, English Opera Group / German Première 31. May 1955 Munich
Libretto Myfanwy Piper after the story of Henry James
Length ca. 1.40 Hours, in a prologue and two acts.
Cast The Governess (s), Miles (treble), Flora (Girl soprano), Mrs. Grose, the housekeeper (s), Peter Quint, a former manservant (t), Miss Jessel, the former Governess (s), Prologus (t)
Setting The English country house ‚Bly‘, in the mid-nineteenth century.
(Britten * 22.11.1913 Lowestoft, Suffolk, + 04.12.1976 Aldeburgh)