Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy and Teatro Grattacielo are glad to announce the second edition of our
APPLICATIONS DEADLINE: August 25th 2021Click here to apply!
The role of artists is to help see the world in new ways. Music helps us understand where we have been and imagine where we might go from here. This is what we believe at Teatro Grattacielo and Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy.
Teatro Grattacielo’s mission is to promote the performances of those works in the operatic repertoire that are rarely heard in the United States. Through performances at Alice Tully Hall and other venues, educational outreach and informal lecture-concerts, Teatro Grattacielo provides emerging artists and music lovers with the opportunity to become familiar with lesser-known repertoire and performance styles, thus promoting the expansion and appreciation of operatic traditions with an eye on diversity. The mission of Camerata Bardi is to promote and nourish a "modern renaissance" in the art of singing, rooted in the Italian Bel Canto tradition. By promoting the Italian language as an essential part of musical language, Camerata Bardi thus promotes the Italian culture, performance styles and music languages.
Last September, our first competition awarded $6000 in total monetary prizes, 3 NYC paid debuts in Teatro Grattacielo’s 2021-22 Season and 12 paid Concert Contracts. This year, for our second edition, we are awarding $9,000 while we are innovating and expanding to include and promote as many singers as possible.
Firstly, the competition is changing names: from now on, the competition will be known as the Camerata Bardi Vocal International Competition. Secondly, we are lifting the age limit.
Teatro Grattacielo has been presenting rarely performed Italian operas since 1997. In the past years, we have presented US premieres of operas such as Montemezzi’s La Nave and Mascagni’s Il piccolo Marat. We are proud to say that many of today’s opera stars have received their very debut with us. Since the pandemic started, we moved our artists to discover their cinematic skills through the launch of the digital streaming of Umberto Giordano’s Fedora. In addition, we have filmed and streamed a semi-documentary dedicated to the Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli and the first part of G.F.Handel’s Messiah. Teatro Grattacielo has just announced its 2021 Season that will include Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz , De Falla’s El Amor Brujo and Piazzolla’s El Hombre del Esquina Rosada. Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy has just launched its first international coproduction with the Cultural Center of Crete for the staging of Mozart’s Idomeneo to be performed on July 23rd and 25th 2021 in Crete, conducted by Maestro Myron Michailidis, General Music Director of Erfurt Opera & The Philharmonic Orchestra of Erfurt. Teatro Grattacielo is planning on fully live performances in New York City in 2021
Open to any singer around the world without age limit.
Open to students, private or in music schools from all around the world. Age limit 30 for everyone. Special requirements: On your bio, please provide us with information about your institution enrollment (Conservatory, Academy, School, University, Private Studio).
On the online form you will be able to upload or complete:
The jury will select from your list the aria to perform at the Finals.
AT LEAST TWO OF YOUR ARIAS ON THE LIST MUST BE IN ITALIAN. THE OTHER TWO CAN BE IN ANY LANGUAGE OF YOUR CHOICE.
VIDEOS CANNOT BE MORE THAN 2 YEARS OLD. ONE ARIA/ SONG HAS TO BE IN ITALIAN. VIDEOS CANNOT BE MORE THAN 2 YEARS OLD. ONE ARIA/ SONG HAS TO BE IN ITALIAN.NEAPOLITAL SONG PRIZE REQUESTED REPERTOIRE
Contestants must choose and submit a video of ONE (1) Neapolitan song on the list in any totality they wish.
A payment of 42 USD is required to participate in this competition. Payment can be completed via PayPal on our website. If you don’t have access on PayPal please email us at: email@example.com We shall provide you information for a bank transfer. NO APPLICATION WILL BE VALID UNLESS PAYMENT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED.
Since last year, we have developed a sophisticated online platform. The jury will be able to watch your video while reading your short bio or cv.
If you are filming new videos for this competition, please read:
If it is possible, ask a professional video maker to do the job using a professional camera and mic setup. If it is not possible and you can only record yourself using, your smartphone or camera please read carefully:
Orientation and shot selection:
Submission of your material through our online application including two (2) Video or Audio performance links YouTube in Unlisted or Public mode OR Weibo. Under special circumstances we will accept video submissions via Google Drive or WeTransfer. At least one of your two choices must be in Italian language. The second aria/song can be in any language of your choice.
VIDEOS MUST BE NO MORE THAN 2 YEARS OLD.
Review Panel: two casting directors, two agents and a music director.
Branding and Career Development Seminar: All applicants from both divisions will be invited to two (2) on-line virtual seminars on branding and marketing practices and on Italian language for singers with our industry professionals.
The Qualifying Jury will hear one of your arias/songs.
The Qualifying Jury will hear one of your arias/songs.
SEMIFINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED ON SEPTEMBER 1st
Up 160 singers will be chosen to advance in the semi-finals. Of the 160 singers, 130 will be from the professional division and 30 will be from the student division. The panel will hear one or both of your arias/songs submitted for in your qualifying round.
All participants will receive, if requested, feedback.
14 singers will be chosen to participate to the Livestreamed Finals on September 19th, 2021 at 12 EST.
FINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED ON SEPTEMBER 12th.
Of the 14 singers, 12 will be from the professional division and 2 from the student division.
All finalists will have to perform an aria from the list you have provided us on your application. Aria/song will be chosen by the semi-finals jury.
We shall provide you with a live streaming platform and you will be able to perform from any location around the world. You may perform with a pianist or with a prerecorded track. On one-to-one basis we shall consider pre-filmed videos made few days before the finals.
Winners will be announced on our Virtual Live Finals event that will take place on our YouTube and Facebook pages.
All participants in both divisions will get Free Admission to Career Development Seminars throughout 2021.
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