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News from the Committee

RING AWARD 2017 – Finalists now confirmed
On 13th and 14th January, the semi-finals of the International Competition for Stage and Stage Design, the Ring Award 2017, took place in the studios of the Graz Opera and Next Liberty.

29 stage artists in 11 teams had previously qualified for the semifinals and had come from all over Europe to present their versions of the act from Don Pasquale to the prestigious panel of judges for the Ring Award, under the presidency of opera director Nora Schmid and to the audience.  It was their task to convince both.

The teams were competing for the three coveted places in the finals of the Award to take place in the Schauspielhaus Graz in June.  The entries were staged for the judges only on the Friday, while  on the Saturday the eleven stagings were prented to both the judges and the audience in half-hour intervals.

The nominations for the finals in June are as follows:

Barbora Horáková Joly (CZ) / Cornelia Schmidt (D)
Sergei Morozov (RUS) / Aleksandra Alekseeva (RUS)
Valentin Black (A) / Andrea Cozzi (I)

An audience prize was also awarded at the semi-finals, which went to: Valentin Black (A) / Andrea Cozzi (I).

On the eve of the first day of the semi-finals, the RING AWARD FORUM was also held at Next Liberty. Markus Hinterhäuser, Benedikt von Peter, Johanna Dombois, Chaya Czernowin, Momme Hinrichs, Roland Horvath and Albrecht Thiemann discussed the topic "Sound Images - New Media and  Music Theater".

The  judges panel for the Ring Award 2017 is comprised of

Chair: Nora Schmid, Director, Oper Graz
Peter de Caluwe, Director General La Monnaie / De Munt, Bruxelles
Serge Dorny, Directeur Général, Opéra de Lyon
Roland Geyer, Director, Theater an der Wien
Peter Konwitschny, Director
Dietmar Schwarz, Director, Deutsche Oper Berlin
Peter Spuhler, General Director, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Katrin Lea Tag, stage designer and costume designer
Albrecht Thiemann, "Opernwelt"
Jossi Wieler, Director, Staatsoper Stuttgart

Save The Date  - 24. und 25. June 2017 - Finals of the Ring Award in the Schauspielhaus Graz.

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