Four creative teams contested the final round in a rehearsal studio at Copenhagen’s Opera House on 23 February. Each director was allotted 75 minutes to rehearse the opening two scenes of the second act of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with three valiant singers, pianist and conductor from Royal Danish Opera’s ensemble. At the end of the day, the jury chose these prizes.
1st Prize – Anthony Almeida (director) with Rosanna Vize (designer) to stage The Turn of the Screw at Royal Danish Opera’s Gamle Scene in September 2023
2nd Prize – Victoria Stevens (director) with Anna Kirsch (designer) to stage a production for Staatsoper Hannover in autumn 2022
3rd Prize – Lorenzo Ponte (director) engagement as an assistant director at a leading German opera house
4th Prize – Marieluisa Bafunno and Vanessa Codutti (directors) engagement as assistant directors at a leading German opera house
The jury was chaired by Laura Berman (Hannover) and included Matthieu Dussouillez (Nancy), John Fulljames with Elisabeth Linton (Copenhagen), Randi Stene (Oslo) and Katharina Thoma (Munich-based director).
The competition was initiated and is supported by Camerata Nuova e. V, the philanthropic society led by Armin and Marja Kretschmar and based in Wiesbaden, several of whose members travelled to Copenhagen to observe the final workshops but did not participate in the jury deliberations. Opera Europa, which helped choose the host theatre and jury members, thanks them for their generosity in funding the Prizes.