7th EOP 2013

Prize Winners


2nd Prize


Rafael  R. Villalobos (ES)
Marta Delatte (ES)
Rafael Merino (ES)
Sara Roma (ES)

Stage setting Rafael Villalobos/ Rafael Merino

Participants 246 registered candidates/

87 concepts

Nationalities 30
Stadttheater Klagenfurt
Opera Ruggero Leoncavallo:


Pietro Mascagni:

„Cavalleria rusticana“


David Pountney (chairman)

Artistic Director of Bregenz Festival/ Intendant of Welsh National Opera


Florian Scholz

Intendant of Stadttheater Klagenfurt


Barbara Minghetti

Intendant of Teatro Sociale di Como

Serge Dorny

Directeur général Opéra de Lyon


Tatjana Gürbaca

Director for Opera of Staatstheater Mainz

Grace Lang

Programme director Hong Kong Art Festival


7th April 2013 in Vienna l. t. r. Serge Dorny, Armin Kretschmar, David Pountney, Rafael R. Villalobos, Marta Delatte

Final workshops in Vienna

In the final round (5 to 7 april), in a rehearsal room of the Volksoper Wien at the spring conference of Opera Europa, the participants had to work on a scene from the opera “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo with three singers in front of a prominent Directors jury.

The Jury of the 7th EOP 2013

The jury chairman David Pountney justified the result with the fact that the European Opera-Directing Prize “looks for concepts and ideas, which represent “a benefit”, thus a benefit for the opera of the future. It is not the aim to find the best skilled director, but to encourage young theatre makers, who are ready to leave well-know tracks, to look for new perspectives and convert them on the stage. The Spanish director Rafael R. Villalobos proved his capabilities.”

Rafael R. Villalobos at the rehearsal

The first prize would have been linked with a production of the submitted project of the two short operas “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo and “Cavalleria rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni. The jury had the impression that it would be more profitable for the development and for the career of the young director to first succeed with another project not in the environment of Stadttheater Klagenfurt. “As a jury, one finally also carries a responsibility for the career of a young theatre maker”, said Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa.

Questioning of the candidate

In addition to the 2nd prize, Rafael Villalobos and his team staged Benjamin Britten’s church opera Noye’s Fludde in the Lutherkirche in Wiesbaden in Oktober 2013.

The Production „Noahs Flut“ in Wiesbaden