Non-profit association Camerata Nuova e.V. in Wiesbaden (Germany) introduced the European Opera-directing Prize (EOP) for young Opera directors since 2001. Camerata Nuova sets up an EOP every two years, in collaboration with a European opera house and Opera Europa. Since 2009, the final takes place in a member city during one of the two annual Opera Europa conferences. The EOP is currently the only big competition for opera directors in Germany.
Participants submit a producing and layout concept for a given work of operatic literature. The technical and human resources of the collaborating opera house, which will host the winning production, have to be taken into account.
The young directors prove that they are capable of leading an ensemble of singers. They rehearse a given opera scene with their own concept in front of the jury of renowned directors. For the young directors, this is a unique opportunity to present themselves in a way that is not possible in the daily life of opera houses. Many winners of previous years are now successful directors, set and costume designers, and this worldwide.
The winner may produce his concept and will receive a reward of 35.000 Euro.