2017.02.08. - 2017.09.15.

Preparatory phase with Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Andrea Meláth and singers

8-13 February 2017, Budapest Music Center

Production phase with Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda, Andrea Meláth

4-15 September 2017, Budapest Music Center

This special music theatre workshop announced by the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation is aiming to help young composers to produce contemporary duets for stage and give an insight of how an opera can unfold from the first ideas of a libretto to the very last beat of a premiere. The 5 best mini-operas of the workshop will be selected and presented at the Budapest Music Center staged by young directors of the University of Theatre and Film Arts.

Participating composers will work on their duets with Pascal Dusapin and Peter Eötvös, after which phase the mini-operas should be completed and sent to the Foundation. The fellow professors will select 5 composers to be invited to return to Budapest for the production phase. Composers who are not chosen can attend rehearsals as observers.

Selected composers will have the opportunity to fine tune their compositions with the professors and the collaborating young directors before rehearsals start. They will also have the possibility to work closely with the singers, attend rehearsals and make compositional adjustments if needed with the guidance of Peter Eötvös and Gregory Vajda.

The DialogScene workshop provides a unique experience for composers to follow the process of creating an opera from the very first version of libretto all the way to the stage performance.

Focus of the workshop: contemporary dramatic duet written for soprano/mezzo and bass baritone/tenor voices and piano and stage production.

Duration of the duet: approx. 15 minutes

The call is open for all nationalities. The course is suitable for composer students and young professional composers.

Libretto: The text must be public domain (70 years passed after the author’s death). In case the composer uses his or her own text, he or she must provide a written declaration to allow the Foundation to present the work without any additional fees in the frame of the DialogScene workshop. Dialogues can be written in the following languages: English, German, French, Italian. Hungarian language is also possible if the composer provides a rough translation of the text either in French or in English.


PASCAL DUSAPIN, composer (France) / 1st phase

PETER EÖTVÖS, composer and conductor (Hungary)

ANDREA MELÁTH, singer professor (Hungary)

GREGORY VAJDA, conductor, composer (Hungary/USA) / 2nd phase


1. Preparatory phase with Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Andrea Meláth and singers

8-13 February 2017

Workshop sessions with fellow professors and singers at the Budapest Music Center. Each

composer should provide printed version of their piano score and libretto.

8 February 2017 19:00 EÖTVÖS: Love and other demons performance – Hungarian State


13 February 2017 18:00 Public Meeting with Pascal Dusapin at BMC Library

Program: talks and Pascal Dusapin: Beckett’s Bones

2. Production phase with Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda, Andrea Meláth

4-15 September 2017

The 5 selected mini-operas will be staged at Budapest Music Center. Composers will attend

all rehearsals and work with young directors and singers. Accommodation and meals are

covered at Budapest Music Center for the 5 selected composers.


Application material:

  • online application form with full libretto of the planned duet
  • piano score of 5-6 minutes of the planned duet
  • curriculum vitae and photo of the applicant

Application only via eotvosmusicfoundation.org. Each applicant can send only one libretto and one piano score.

Venue: Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.) www.bmc.hu

Application deadline: 31th January, 2017 (full libretto, piano score of 5-6 minutes of the planned duet)

Deadline of sending full duet’s piano score: 15 June 2017

Selection of 5 composers: 30 June 2017

CONTRIBUTION FOR THE 1st PHASE: 300 € (to be paid until the 1st of February 2017)

CONTRIBUTION FOR THE 1st PHASE FOR HUNGARIAN CITIZENS: 50 000 HUF (to be paid until the 1st of February 2017)

Please note: the contribution for the 1st phase does not include accommodation, meals and travel costs but includes opera tickets for the Eötvös opera performance and tickets to BMC

programs. For the production phase there is no participation fee. The 5 composers selected after the first phase will be invited to Budapest Music Center and their accommodation and

meals will be covered by the Foundation. Selected composers must arrange their own travel to Budapest. Only those who have applied to the 1st phase could be invited to the production phase. Non

selected participants can attend the 2nd phase as observers, no fee applies.

Observers: 100 € /phase (to be paid before each phase starts)

As an observer you can attend every session. Composers who do not advance to the 2nd phase can attend the production phase as an observer automatically, no fee applies.

Payment by bank transfer to the following account:

Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation

Bank name: K&H Bank Budapest

IBAN: HU76 1020 1006 6019 4912 0000 0000


Partial attendance gives no right for fee reduction.


The course fee for the 1st phase includes extra programs:

  • ticket for Love and Other Demons by Peter Eötvös at State Opera House 12 February 2017
  • mustMEET Composers | public meeting and concert with Pascal Dusapin 13 Februrary 2017
  • tickets for the programs of Budapest Music Center and Opus Jazz Club during all phases of the workshop

Workshops, rehearsals and the performance will be filmed, and a short professional documentary feature will be made available online.

Editio Musica Budapest (Hungarian branch of Universal Music Group) will engage some of the selected composers to publish their scores.

Participants will receive a diploma, observers will receive attendance certificate, signed by all professors.

Contact and information:

Regarding the course, we are happy to send additional information and answer questions before application at info@eotvospeter.com.

Application is only possible via www.eotvosmusicfoundation.org.

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We are also thankful for the support and cooperation of Budapest Music Center, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, French Institute Budapest, National Cultural Fund, University of Theatre and Film Arts, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.