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REGULATIONS of the 4th Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition

REGULATIONS of the 4th Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition

REGULATIONS
of the 4th Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition

 



I.    General Terms and Conditions

1. The 4th Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition, hereinafter referred to as competition, is organized by the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus (Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus).
2. The competition takes place from 14 to 20 December 2017 in Minsk, the capital of the Republic of Belarus.
3. Male singers born in or after 1979 and female singers born in or after 1982, with higher music education (or still students) or employees (guest singers) of professional musical theatres, are invited to participate in the competition.
4. The winners of second and third prizes of the previous editions of the Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition are eligible to participate in the competition straight from the second round.
5. The winners of grand and first prizes of the previous editions of the Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition are not allowed to take part in the competition.

II.    Application and Registration

6. Applications should be emailed at the address of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , hereinafter referred to as official email address of the competition, by 22 October 2017. They must include:
completed application form in accordance with Annex 1 (sample attached)
personal photograph (portrait) (at least 3 Mb)
scanned copy of the passport (for foreign citizens – copy of the international passport)
scanned copy of the diploma of graduation from a music educational establishment or a letter from the education provider confirming the applicant’s enrolment  (for students).
Applications failing to meet the aforementioned requirements will not be considered.
Application deadline: 22 October 2017, 23:59 Minsk time
7. Each selected participant, hereinafter referred to as competitor, will be given a written confirmation note no later than 1 November 2017.
8. The competitors are obliged to register personally at the secretariat of the competition at the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus (entrance No.8) from 10:00 to 16:30, 14 December 2017. The presentation of the passport is required.
9. To enter the competition, the competitors shall pay the registration fee of 100 US dollars during the registration.
The fee shall be paid in Belarusian roubles at the exchange rate of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus on the payment day.
The following competitors are exempt from the registration fee:
citizens of the Republic of Belarus and aliens (or stateless persons) with Belarusian permanent residence permit,
finalists of the previous editions of the Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition,
competitors who represent the theatres which the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus collaborates with under memoranda of understanding, upon presenting an appropriate letter of request.
In case of non-attendance or failure to participate in the competition even if caused by sickness the registration fee will not be refunded.  
10. When an application is submitted, the competitor is obliged to follow the rules of the competition and respect the decisions of the organizing committee and the jury. The competitors who do not observe the terms and conditions of the Regulations may be withdrawn from the competition.

III.    Music

11.  The competitors who need a theatre’s pianist shall send a legible copy of music at the official email address of the competition by 10 November 2017.
12.  The Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus will provide all the music necessary for the 3rd round in accordance with Annex 3.

IV.    Schedule

13.  The competition has three rounds.
1st round        15-16 December
2nd round        18 December
3rd round     20 December
14.  Up to 30 competitors will be selected to take part in the 2nd round; up to 10 competitors will be selected to take part in the 3rd round.
15. The organizing committee reserves the right to change the number of the competitors selected for the 2nd and the 3rd rounds.
16.  The order determined by the draw will be valid in all the rounds.
17.  A competitor’s failure to appear in the arranged order may cause disqualification from the competition. In case of sickness the competitor may be given an opportunity to perform later than previously arranged but till the end of the round provided the sickness is proved by a sick note.
18.  If necessary, the organizing committee provides competitors with a pianist by prior request (to be indicated in the application form) for two rehearsals and the performance in the 1st and the 2nd rounds at no charge.
19. Each competitor has the right to:
-    one rehearsal with piano accompaniment before the 1st round up to 6 (six) minutes;
-    one rehearsal with piano accompaniment before the 2nd round up to 10 (ten) minutes;
-    one rehearsal with orchestral accompaniment on the main stage before the 3rd round up to 20 (twenty) minutes.
20.  The final of the competition will take place on 20 December 2017. The organizing committee is entitled to involve the winners of the competition in singing at the gala concert of the 8th Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum on 22 December 2017. No fees will be paid for their participation in the gala concert of the forum. The organizing committee will cover the accommodation and meals expenses of the competition winners performing in the forum gala from 21 to 23 December 2017.

V.    Repertoire List

21. Rounds:
The 1st round takes place with piano accompaniment on the small stage. The competitors shall sing one aria of their choice not exceeding 6 (six) minutes and in accordance with the list of Annex 2.
The 2nd round takes place with piano accompaniment on the small stage. The 2nd round performance must not exceed 12 (twelve) minutes and should comprise pieces of the competitor’s choice from the list of Annex 2:
aria from an opera by a Russian or Belarusian composer
aria from an opera by a European composer
The 3rd round takes place with orchestral accompaniment on the main stage. The competitors will sing a lead role in a scene from an opera of their choice according to Annex 3.
In the event that the repertoire chosen for auditions exceeds the time limit (6 (six) minutes for the 1st round, 12 (twelve) minutes for the 2nd round), the competitor must make cuts.
22. Any piece can be performed only once.
23. No changes can be introduced or made within the submitted repertoire.

VI.    Performance rules

24.  The competitors must come to the theatre for registration one and a half hours prior to their performance (staff entrance No. 7). The presentation of the passport is required.
25. All the pieces are performed from memory in the original key or according to the generally accepted transposition in the original language.
26. The competitors are entitled to arrange the order of the pieces from their audition repertoire at their discretion provided that the time limits of the performance in the 1st and the 2nd rounds set by the Regulations is not exceeded.
27. The competitors shall perform pieces chosen for the 2nd round without intermission.
28. A competitor’s performance in the 1st and the 2nd rounds may be stopped at the discretion of the jury.
29.  The competition is open to the public.
30.  The organizers of the competition reserve unqualified exclusive rights to radio and television broadcasts, audio and video recording, filming and photographing during the competition, as well as to post videos of the competition performances on the Internet and other informational networks without payment of fees to the competitors and their pianists.

VII.    Prizes

31.  The amounts of the competition prizes are set in Belarusian roubles and shall be equivalent to the following sums in accordance with the exchange rates of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus on the payment day:
Grand prize        US$ 10,000
First prize        US$ 8,000
Second prize    US$ 6,000
Third prize        US$ 4,000

Taxes, charges and other payments imposed by the law of the Republic of Belarus shall be deducted from the sums thereof.
32.  Grand prize cannot be shared.
33. Depending on the finalists’ results and within the quantity of the established prizes, the jury is entitled:
33.1.    not to award grand prize;
33.2.    to share prizes between tied finalists;
33.3.    to award incentive prize and jury special prizes.
34. All the 2nd round participants apart from those selected for the final will receive certificates of participation.
35. All the 3rd round participants apart from the winners of prizes under clause 31 herein will receive finalist certificates.

VIII.    Supplementary Information

36. To avoid any ambiguities arising out of submitting applications, the senders are obliged to make sure that their applications and accompanying documents have reached the receiver. To do that, they should choose the option “notification of delivery” in their mailbox settings or call: +375 17 3340070.
37. While choosing their repertoire, the competitors must respect copyright and related rights law, and shall be responsible for their violation.
38. The competitors cover all travel expenses, pay for accommodation and meals, as well as cover the costs arising out of their pianists’ visit. If necessary, the organizers of the competition will provide the competitors with information on accommodation possibilities in Minsk.
39. The competitors who need a visa to enter Belarus are solely responsible for receiving it well in advance.
40. It’s the sole responsibility of the competitors to learn the results of the draw, rehearsal schedules, performance time and results of the jury’s vote which will be posted on the theatre’s website and the competition board.
41. The competitors and their pianists will receive a participant card which serves as a pass to the theatre within the competition schedule.
42. According to the decision of the organizing committee, the competitors selected for the 2nd and the 3rd rounds will be provided with meals at the theatre’s expense.

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