Contest for young opera directors up to age of 35 years. The jury consists of respected opera house directors as well as experts from the European opera scene.

The prize is linked to the staging of

Manon Lescaut, Giacomo Puccini

Participants are invited to submit a comprehensive direction concept – including a content-related explanation of the concept, basic ideas for scenery, props and costumes, the characters to be involved (soloists, extras etc.), suggestions for adaptations and/or editing, if any. The opera is expected to be performed at the opening of the Opera Holland Park 2019 summer season in London.

Concepts have to be sent as CD or DVD to Camerata Nuova e. V. or via cloud storage, which will be provided by Camerata Nuova for purposes of the competition, and should include the necessary illustrations and models at the discretion of the participant. The concept should take into consideration the technical equipment and specifications of the stage. Stage plans and technical data are provided by Camerata Nuova e. V. after application.


The award consists of three prizes:

  • First Prize: Euro 20.000,-

As director’s honorarium and a guarantee for the realisation of the concept at Opera Holland Park

  • Second Prize: Euro 10.000,-

as an honorarium for an assignment at an opera house

  • Third Prize: Euro 5.000,-

as an honorarium for an assignment at an opera house

Closing date for application: 15. October 2017

Closing date for submission of direction concepts: 01. December 2017

Publication of the final decision of the jury: 30. June 2018