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Guide for Applicants

1 Name

The 9th Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka

2 Aim of the Competition

Commencing in 1996, the 50th year after the death of MIURA Tamaki, the Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka is held once every three years to commemorate the world-famous prima donna, known for her ties to this prefecture.
The Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka aims to discover young talented musicians and give a boost to their careers in the field of vocal music. It also hopes to contribute to the world-wide promotion of Shizuoka’s culture through international cultural exchange.

*MIURA Tamaki is regarded as the very first Japanese soprano to achieve world renown. She played the title role in the opera, Madama Butterfly, and the number of her performances around the world reached more than 2,000. Tamaki was praised by the composer, Puccini.  Puccini stated his admiration for her, “It was as if I had composed Madama Butterfly solely for Madama MIURA.”
Tamaki's parents and husband were Shizuoka natives and she herself had once lived in Shizuoka.

3 Jury (Alphabetical order)

Chairperson
KIMURA Toshimitsu
Japan
Members
CHOI Sang-Ho
South Korea
David GOWLAND
United Kingdom
HAMADA Rie
Japan
Werner HINK
Austria
IHARA Naoko
Japan
MIURA Yasuhiro
Japan
Françoise POLLET
France
Lenore ROSENBERG
U.S.A.
Gabriella TUCCI
Italy

 

4 Dates

The 1st Round Saturday October 31 – Monday November 2, 2020
The 2nd Round Wednesday November 4 – Thursday November 5, 2020
The Final Round Sunday November 8, 2020
Award Ceremony Sunday November 8, 2020
*See “17 TV program by Prizewinners” for the schedule of the prizewinners.

5 Location

ACT City Hamamatsu Main Hall (111-1 Itaya-machi, Naka-ku,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, Japan)

6 Eligibility

Age 33 or younger (born on or after October 31, 1986)

7 Application Rules

(1)Postal Application
Mail the following six materials to the Secretariat.

1. Application Form[PDF:93.2KB]

See the notes on the application form to fill out.

2. List of Pieces to Be Judged[PDF:82.5KB]

See the following notes to fill out the list (see the attached example).
[1] There must be one <self-chosen aria> for the 1st round, four <proposed arias>, and one<self-chosen aria> for the final round.  Each of these six arias must be different.
[2] The <self-chosen role> for the 2nd round must be selected from the List of Self-Chosen Roles for the 2nd Round.
[3] The six arias mentioned in [1] must be different from any of the arias of the <self-chosen role> for the 2nd round.
[4] The registered arias and aria(s) sung by <self-chosen role> must be sung in at least 2 different languages.
[5] Oratorio arias, Cantata arias and Concert arias cannot be accepted.
[6] The name of the composer, opera, aria, role and lyrics from where the performance starts must be written in the original language. The key and the time length must also be given.
[7] Pieces to be judged cannot be changed once they are submitted to the Secretariat.

3. Preliminary Audition Recording Certificate[PDF:83.1KB]

See the notes on the certificate to fill out.
4. Photographs ・Three glossy photographs taken within six months of the date of application (4cm×5cm, front view of head and shoulders, with your name printed on the back, one photo to be attached to Application Form)
・ Photographs should be free from copyright.
・ Photographs submitted are to appear in the official program and other advertisement media.
・ Photographs may also be submitted in digital data format (at least 300 dpi; print name on label of CD). 
5. Identification Copy of your passport or other official documentation that proves your name, nationality and date of birth
6. Recording for preliminary audition A CD recorded of two arias (oratorio arias, cantata arias and concert arias cannot be accepted.) for preliminary audition
[1]The recording must have been made on or after July 1, 2019.
[2]The arias for preliminary audition may overlap with the arias on the list of pieces to be judged.
[3]Arias must be performed in the original key and language. The only exceptions are arias that are customarily sung in a different key or language from the original score.
 See “15 Adjudication <Notice on Performance> (1)”
[4] The recorded sound source msut not be edited or processed in any way.
[5] Two arias must be recorded on one CD.
*Do not record anything but two arias written on the preliminary audition recording certificate.
[6] Two arias must be recorded into two separate tracks/files.
*Recordings with poor quality or excessive reverberation may not be accepted.

(2)Online Application
Visit the official website (https://www.suac.ac.jp/opera-en/) to submit application.
*The online application form will be appeared on January 8th, 2020
1 Application Form
2 List of Pieces to Be Judged
3 Preliminary Audition Recording Certificate
See the notes on the website to fill out.
4 Photographs
5 Identification
6 Recording for preliminary audition
Upload the files to the website or mail the materials to the Secretariat.
 *After completing the application, applicants will receive an automatic reply email. Applicants
must contact the Secretariat if they do not receive a reply email within 24 hours of application.

(3)Mailing Address
The Secretariat for the Executive Committee of the Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka
Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
2-1-1 Chuo, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka 430-0929, Japan

(4)Submission Period
Wednesday January 8 to Thursday April 30, 2020.
All application materials MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 30, 2020.
Online Application will be closed at 12:00 noon (JST), Thursday April 30, 2020.

(5)Notes
1. Submitted application materials will not be returned to the applicants.
   2. Applications must be made individually. (One envelope must not contain application materials of more than one applicant.)
   3. Applicants residing outside Japan are requested to mail the application materials early enough to allow them to arrive in the office by the deadline.  Please note that mail may sometimes be delayed due to custom procedures.
   4. Applicants are responsible for keeping copies of the application form and the List of Pieces to Be Judged.
   5. Please notify us of any changes in your contact information or addresses.
   6. Applicants have no list to refer to regarding <self-chosen aria/s> and <proposed aria/s>, and can freely choose aria/s if it/these meet/s the conditions of the aria described in this guide.
   7. Applicants must select <self-chosen role> from the “List of Self-Chosen Roles for the 2nd Round”.

8 Preliminary Audition 

Preliminary audition will be based on the submitted recordings. The results of the preliminary audition will be informed to all applicants by Tuesday June 30, 2020.

9 Piano Scores for Accompanist

Applicants who have received the notification of acceptance as a result of the preliminary audition should send the piano scores by post to the Secretariat.

(1) Piano scores to mail (all six arias)
1. One <self-chosen aria> for the 1st round and one <self-chosen aria> for the final round.
2. Four <proposed arias>.

(2) Deadline for submission
Monday, August 3, 2020

(3) Notes
1. Be sure to send these BY POST. Submission by email is not accepted.
2. Do not need to send the score of the <self-chosen role>.
3. All the scores should not be bound into one. Each score should be separately provided to the Secretariat to be clearly distinguishable.
4. Write notes on the score if any changes including deleting some parts on the arias to be performed.
5. The scores are not required if contestants bring their own accompanist.

10 Application Fee

Applicants who have received the notification of acceptance as a result of the preliminary audition must pay an application fee of 20,000JPY by Monday, August 3, 2020. The payment method will be notified along with the notification of acceptance.
* Any charges associated with the payment of application fee will be borne by the applicant.
* The application fee is not refundable for any reason.

11 Visa Acquisition

Contestants who need to acquire a visa to enter Japan must apply for the visa at their nearest Japanese embassy or Consulate General of Japan.
If a certificate of invitation is required for the visa application, contestants must immediately notify the Secretariat of this need.

12 Piano Accompanists

The Secretariat will provide official competition accompanists. Contestants are allowed to bring their own accompanists.

13 Performance Schedule

The schedule of contestants' performances will be determined by random drawings.

(1)The 1st Rounds:
 The order of participation is decided by a random lottery with a computer by the Executive Committee. Each contestant will be notified of his/her 1st round performance date along with the results of the preliminary audition.

(2) The 2nd Rounds and Final Round:
Contestants themselves participate in the drawing in order to determine their performance schedule.

14 Rehearsals

(1)Rehearsals with official accompanists:
The 1st Round      Two 60-min. rehearsals are available for each contestant.
The 2nd Round     One 90-min. rehearsal is available for each contestant.
* Details of the rehearsal schedule will be determined and announced by the Secretariat.

(2)Rehearsals for finalists:
1.    Piano rehearsals with the conductor are scheduled for Friday November 6.
2.    The orchestral rehearsals are scheduled in the Main Hall for Saturday November 7.

(3)Private Rehearsals:
Each contestant will be provided a rehearsal room with a piano for 60 minutes a day, free of charge, starting two days prior to his/her first performance. In addition to the above, 60 minutes a day will be provided free of charge to his/her own accompanist. Contestants cannot enter the room.

15 Adjudication

The Adjudication process of the competition adopts the judging committee's adjudication guidelines.

(1)The 1st Round: [Piano accompaniment]
  The contestant shall perform one <self-chosen aria> and one <proposed aria>.  The Judging committee specifies which <proposed aria> to be performed by the contestant on the day of the 1st round ( total of 2 arias).
*The time length required to perform the two arias must be within ten minutes.  If the performance takes more than ten minutes, contestants should make his/her performance shorter by omitting some parts of the arias. Also, if the performance does not finish after ten minutes, it may be terminated at the discretion of the Jury.
*Contestants can decide the order of the two arias.

(2)The 2nd Round:[Piano accompaniment]
The contestant shall perform a part/parts of the <self-chosen role>. The judging committee specifies which part(s) to be performed by the contestant from among the whole opera score after the 1st round.  Contestants CANNOT choose which part(s) of the <self-chosen role> to perform.
*If a part/parts involving a duet is assigned, the contestant shall perform his/her part only.

(3)The Final Round:[Orchestra accompaniment]
Conductor            TAKAHASHI Naoshi
Orchestra             Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
 
The contestant shall perform one <self-chosen aria> and one <proposed aria>. The judging committee specifies which <proposed aria> is to be performed by the contestant after the 2nd round (total of 2 arias).
* Contestants can decide the order of the two arias.
*In case that the Secretariat cannot obtain orchestral scores for the <self-chosen aria> and the <proposed aria> to be performed in the Final Round, contestants may be asked beforehand to change their repertoire/s.

<Notice on Performance>        
(1) All performances must be performed from memory and in the original key and language. The particular arias that are customarily sung in a different key or language may be exempted from the above-mentioned rule.
【Ex】Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini
             Rosina's aria from Act 1
             Una voce poco fa: originally written in E major but customarily sung in F major
             Martha by Flotow
             Lionel’s aria from Act 3
             Ach so fromm: originally written in German but customarily sung in                               Italian
(2)The judging committee reserves the right to end contestants’ performances in the case of critical/hazardous situations.
(3) Every stage of this competition is open to the public.
 
16 Prizes and Awards
The finalists who win the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes are defined as the official prizewinners. The other finalists will not be ranked.

(1)Prizes:
The 1st prize          ¥3,000,000    Trophy, certificate of merit
The 2nd prize         ¥1,500,000    Trophy, certificate of merit
The 3rd prize          ¥750,000     Trophy, certificate of merit
Finalists prize          ¥400,000     Certificate of merit
Audience prize                              Certificate of merit, additional awards
* All prize amounts shall be subject to taxation in compliance with Japanese tax laws.
* When the same prize is awarded to more than one finalist, the prize money may be equally divided among the prizewinners and finalists.

(2)MIURA Tamaki Special Prize:
This prize is special scholarship for the purpose of further education, and will be granted to a talented and promising contestant from among Japanese nationals.

(3) Additional awards​:
Additional awards donated by certain groups or individuals who agree with the mission of this competition may be given to finalists.

17 TV Program by Prizewinners

The winners of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes, and the MIURA Tamaki Special Prize may be required to appear in a TV program without additional compensation.

(1)Dates of recording:
Monday November 9 to Wednesday November 11, 2020
The host organization will decide the dates among three days.

(2)Accommodation and travel expenses will be fully covered.

18 Financial Support for Traveling

Each contestant is responsible for his/her travel expenses. However, the Secretariat shall provide financial support for traveling to the contestants who play for the 1st round. The amount depends on the contestant’s country of residence when the host organization decides who passes the preliminary audition. This support will not be applied to contestants’ own accompanist.

(1) Non-Japanese contestants residing outside of Japan:
1. 50,000 JPY per contestant residing in the region of Asia
2. 100,000 JPY per contestant residing outside of the region of Asia

(2) Japanese contestants residing outside of Japan:
  Half of the above mentioned amount will be provided.

(3) Contestants residing in Japan:
No support will be provided.

(4) Time of Payment:
  The financial support will be given to a contestant after the 1st round.

(5) Other:
The travel support shall be given after any taxes payable are deducted according to the Japanese tax laws.

19 Full Accommodation Aid

As long as contestants stay at the accommodation facilities assigned by the Secretariat, the room charge will be covered by the Secretariat based on the following guidelines.
(This aid will not be applied to contestants' own accompanists.)

(1)For contestants of the 1st round:
Two days prior to contestants' first performance date through Tuesday November 3, 10:00 AM.

(2)For contestants of the 2nd round:
Two days prior to contestants' first performance date through Saturday November 7, 10:00 AM.

(3)For finalists:
Two days prior to contestants' first performance date through Monday November 9, 10:00 AM. 

20 Disclaimer of Liability

The Secretariat will not compensate for any physical, material, or mental damage caused or suffered by the contestants during the period of the competition. Each contestant is responsible to buy insurance.

21 Miscellaneous

(1)Changes of Application Rules:
The host organization reserves the right to make additions, corrections or changes to the clauses in the application rules even after the publication of the official application guides.

(2)Copyrights:
The host organization reserves the right to use any recording or video made or photograph taken during the competition and the prizewinners' TV program. No compensation will be granted to any contestant with respect to the use, sale or distribution of these materials in print, broadcasting, streaming or any other media formats.

  (3)Privacy Policy:
Personal information of applicants collected for the Competition will be managed by the host organization according to Japanese law and will be used only for the operation of the Competition.

  (4)Governing Law:
Any problems arising from or related to this Guide shall be settled in accordance with the Japanese version of this Guide and the laws of Japan.

  (5)Other:
In the case that a situation is not stated in the application guide, contestants are to submit to the decision of the host organization.
 

22 Host Organization (Alphabetical order)

The Executive Committee of the Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka
Chairperson KAWAKATSU Heita Governor, Shizuoka Prefecture
Honorary Advisors
ITO Kyoko Professor Emeritus, Kunitachi College of Music
MIYATA Ryohei Commissioner, Agency for Cultural Affairs
SUZUKI Toshiyuki Chairperson, Shizuoka Prefectural Assembly
Director of Board NANBA Takashi Lieutenant Governor, Shizuoka Prefecture
Vice Directors of Board KIMURA Toshimitsu Professor Emeritus, Toho Gakuen School of Music
SUZUKI Yasutomo Mayor, Hamamatsu City
Board Members ITO Shuji Chairperson, Hamamatsu Cultural Foundation
KAWAI Hirotaka President & CEO, Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd
KINAE Naohide Superintendent, Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education
NAKADA Tsugishiro Chairperson, Culture and Tourism Committee, Shizuoka Prefectural  Assembly
NAKATA Takuya President and Representative Director, Yamaha Corporation
SUZUKI Sumiko President, Shizuoka Prefectural Association for Cultural Affairs
TAKADA Kazufumi Trustee, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
TAKAGI Toshio Executive Director, Shizuoka Cultural Foundation
Auditors MATSUDA Takahiro Lawyer, Aoba Law Office
NOAKI Takayasu Managing Director and Director General, Shizuoka Association for International Relations

Committee of Project Planning & Management
Members HAMADA Rie Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
IHARA Naoko Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of the Arts
ITO Shuji Chairperson, Hamamatsu Cultural Foundation
KANAYAMA Shigeto Executive Director, Japan Federation of Musicians
KIMURA Toshimitsu Professor Emeritus, Toho Gakuen School of Music
KISHI Suminobu Opera Scholar
MIURA Yasuhiro Director
MURATA Naoki Director of Operations and Financial Affairs, New National Theatre, Tokyo
NANBA Takashi Lieutenant Governor, Shizuoka Prefecture
ONITA Masahiko Professor, Showa University of Music
SHIMONO Tatsuya General Music Director, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Professor, Kyoto City University of Arts
SUZUKI Yasutomo Mayor, Hamamatsu City

Contact

The Secretariat for the Executive Committee of the Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka
Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
2-1-1 Chuo, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka 430-0929, JAPAN
 

Tel. 81-53-457-6446 Fax. 81-53-457-6447

E-mail opera@suac.ac.jp

Website https://www.suac.ac.jp/opera-en/

List of Self-Chosen Roles for the 2nd Round

[soprano]
Composer Title of Opera Name of Character No
Bellini I puritani Elvira 1
Bellini La sonnambula Amina 2
Donizetti Don Pasquale Norina 3
Donizetti L'elisir d'amore Adina 4
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia 5
Gounod Faust Marguerite 6
Massenet Manon   Manon 7
Mozart Così fan tutte Despina 8
Mozart Così fan tutte Fiordiligi 9
Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail Blonde 10
Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail Konstanze 11
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Pamina 12
Mozart Don Giovanni Donna Anna 13
Mozart Don Giovanni Donna Elvira 14
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro La Contessa di Almaviva 15
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Susanna 16
Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Frau Fluth 17
Puccini La Bohème Mimì 18
Puccini Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly 19
Puccini Tosca Tosca 20
Tchaikovsky Evgeny Onegin Tatyana 21
Verdi Don Carlo Elisabetta 22
Verdi Il trovatore Leonora 23
Verdi La traviata Violetta 24
Verdi Rigoletto Gilda 25
Verdi Un ballo in maschera Amelia 26
Weber Der Freischütz Agathe 27
Weber Der Freischütz Ännchen 28
Verdi   Don Carlo:The score for the performance must be four-act Italian version.


[mezzo soprano / contralto]
Composer Title of Opera Name of Character No
Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Romeo 29
Bellini Norma Adalgisa 30
Bizet Carmen Carmen 31
Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo 32
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Santuzza 33
Massenet Werther Charlotte 34
Mozart Così fan tutte Dorabella 35
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Rosina 36
Rossini La Cenerentola Cenerentola 37
Rossini L'Italiana in Algeri Isabella 38
R.Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Der Komponist 39
Verdi Aida Amneris 40
Verdi Don Carlo La Principessa Eboli 41
Verdi Il trovatore Azucena 42
Wagner Lohengrin Ortrud 43
Wagner Tristan und Isolde Brangäne 44
Verdi   Don Carlo:The score for the performance must be four-act Italian version.
Gluck   Orfeo ed Euridice:The score for the performance must be Viennese version in Italian.


[tenor]
Composer Title of Opera Name of Character No
Bellini La sonnambula Elvino 45
Bizet Carmen Don José 46
Donizetti Don Pasquale Ernesto 47
Donizetti L'elisir d'amore Nemorino 48
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo 49
Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo 50
Massenet Manon   Des Grieux 51
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Tamino 52
Puccini La Bohème Rodolfo 53
Puccini Tosca Cavaradossi 54
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Il Conte d'Almaviva 55
Rossini La Cenerentola Don Ramiro 56
Tchaikovsky Evgeny Onegin Lensky 57
Verdi La traviata Alfredo Germont 58
Verdi Rigoletto Il Duca di Mantova 59
Verdi Un ballo in maschera Riccardo 60
Wagner Lohengrin Lohengrin 61
Wagner Tannhäuser Tannhäuser 62
Weber Der Freischütz Max 63
Gluck   Orfeo ed Euridice:The score for the performance must be Viennese version in Italian.
Wagner   Tannhäuser:The score for the performance must be Dresden version.


[baritone / bass]
Composer Title of Opera Name of Character No
Beethoven Fidelio Don Pizarro 64
Beethoven Fidelio Rocco 65
Borodin Knyaz' Igor' Igor 66
Donizetti Don Pasquale Don Pasquale 67
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Enrico 68
Gounod Faust Méphistophélès 69
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Sarastro 70
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni 71
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Figaro 72
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Il Conte di Almaviva 73
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov Boris Godunov 74
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro 75
Rossini La Cenerentola Dandini 76
Rossini La Cenerentola Don Magnifico 77
Tchaikovsky Evgeny Onegin Onegin 78
Verdi Don Carlo FilippoⅡ 79
Verdi Don Carlo Rodrigo 80
Verdi Falstaff Sir John Falstaff 81
Verdi Il trovatore Il Conte di Luna 82
Verdi Rigoletto Rigoletto 83
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Holländer 84
Wagner Lohengrin Telramund 85
Wagner Tannhäuser Wolfram 86
Verdi   Don Carlo:The score for the performance must be four-act Italian version.
Wagner   Tannhäuser:The score for the performance must be Dresden version.
 
Organized by:
Shizuoka Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, and the Executive Committee of the Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka
 
Promoted by:
Hamamatsu Cultural Foundation and Hamamatsu & Lake Hamana Tourism Bureau 
 
Supported by:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Hamamatsu City Board of Education, The Japan Foundation, Japan Federation of Musicians, JASRAC, Shizuoka Prefecture Cultural Association, Shizuoka Prefecture Regional Cultural Organization Liaison Council, Shizuoka Cultural Foundation, The Shizuoka Teacher’s Society for Mutual Welfare, THE HAMAMATSU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY, The Asahi Shimbun Shizuoka General Bureau, THE SANKEI SHIMBUN Shizuoka Bureau, The Shizuoka Shimbun & Shizuoka Broadcasting System, The Chunichi Shimbun Tokai Head Office, Shizuoka Bureau Nikkei Inc., THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS, THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN SHIZUOKA BRANCH, Kyodo News, JIJI PRESS SHIZUOKA BUREAU, NHK Shizuoka Station, Shizuoka Telecasting Co., Ltd., Shizuoka Asahi Television Co., Ltd., SHIZUOKA DAIICHI TELEVISION CORPORATION, K-mix, FM Haro! and Hamamatsu Cable Television Incorporated
 
Special Sponsors:
Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd., MOSTLY CLASSIC, ONGAKU NO TOMO SHA CORP., Roland Corporation and Yamaha Corporation
 
 
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