Registration for MTN is now open!

Music Theatre NOW (MTN) is an international competition for all professional forms of opera and music theatre. Opera- and theatre institutions, festivals or individuals: all can submit their work.

First productions of new works, which were professionally created anywhere in the world, may be submitted. Music theatre productions which have premiered between July 2012 and June 2015 can also be entered into the competition. To enter the competition artists can register on the website of MTN. Registration is possible until 30th of June 2015. Music Theatre NOW award winners receive the unique opportunity for international exposure and invaluable personal exchange with other professionals, so do not hesitate and register now!

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MTN and Operadagen

This year MTN will gather during Operadagen about their competition of 2016 which will be held in Rotterdam. During three days (26th of May until 28th of May) of Operadagen 2016 MTN will anounce the award and host the competition. The international jury for Music Theatre NOW 2015 consists of Sara Joan Fang (music producer for Singapore's national performing arts centre‚ Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay'), Guy Coolen (director of the production company 'Muziektheater Transparant' and artistic director of 'Operadagen' in Rotterdam), as well as Joseph V. Melillo (executive producer of the 'Brooklyn Academy of Music'), Ana Lara (Mexican composer and founder of the festival 'Música y Escena') and Brett Bailey (South African playwright, designer and director, who continues his commitment from the 2012 jury)


The International Music Theater Committee was founded in 1969 as a working group within the International Theatre Institute (ITI). In 1983 the committee initiated a triennial event, the Music Theatre Workshop, whose goal was to exchange ideas on new works and developments in this genre. The artistic teams – composers/and or librettist and directors were invited to give lectures presenting the productions with the use of video. In 2008 the workshop was transformed into a worldwide competition with an international jury, reflecting a conscious attempt to expand the scope of the project outside of Europe and North America.

First competition

The first competition within the revised concept received about 200 entries from 30 different countries. Prizes were awarded in five categories and the 18 winning projects were presented at an international meeting at the Radialsystem Berlin in 2008. With nearly 400 applications from 51 countries the second edition of MTN exceeded the success of the first competition. 17 productions were chosen to be presented at the meeting in 2013 that was kindly hosted by the Scenkonstbiennalen in Jönkopping, Sweden.

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