30 and 31 AUG | 21h30
Length: 1h30 with short intermission
Seven selected short operas by young Portuguese composers, are presented in absolute creation, to be evaluated by a jury of mixed personalities, of varied artistic fields, moving way the idea of opera to a specialized niche. The Award Carlos de Pontes Leça* of 5000 euros, will be attributed to the winning opera, as a new opera commission, to be presented in future editions of the Festival.
This contest and award intend to stimulate the composition of new repertoire, the emerging of new talents and the empowerment of the relation between opera and audience of today.
Esta Ítaca que não encontro
This Ithaca, I can’t find
Diogo da Costa Ferreira
Nunca fomos tão novos como agora
We were never this young
Contos da criação: Adão
Tales of Creation: Adam
Não sei quantas Almas tenho
I ignore how many souls I have
Musical direction: Rita Castelo Blanco, Jan Weirzba
Stage Direction: António Pires
Set design: João Calixto
Light design: Anatol Waschke
Catarina Molder (artistic director)
Rui Vieira Nery (musicologist)
António Chagas Rosa (composer)
Vasco Pimentel (sound director)
Rita Azevedo Gomes (film director)
Henk van der Meulen (composer and director of Royal Conservatorium of the Hague)
* Great Portuguese Musicologist who has been mostly significant to development of Portuguese contemporary music, since the 2nd half of XX Century.