The Solway Music Fellowship Organizing Committee in cooperation with the Salzburg Festival has selected 6 finalists from Guatemala, Macedonia and Ukraine to attend the Opera Camp at the Salzburg Festival. More than 40 creatives, aged 13 – 16, expressed their interest in applying for the program. 39 continued their journey to the Stardrome after the first round was completed and only 6 (2 per country) were awarded the full scholarship, which covers travel and visa expenses, accommodation, as well as educational and entertainment activities in Salzburg, Austria.
Miguel Tiul and Carlos Guzman (Guatemala), Arthur Ardelyan and Anastasia Lavrenyuk (Ukraine), Stefan Eftimov and Monika Trayanova (Macedonia) gained an outstanding opportunity to experience the world’s most renowned classical music festival by participating in one of the Opera Camps for Children and Youth at the Salzburg Festival. They will spend a week from August 4 until August 10, without parents, in Schloss Arenberg working with music educators, theatre professionals, and stage designers, while staging their unique version of the George Enescu’s opera “Edipe” that is being performed at the Salzburg Festival. The young winners will also visit the dress rehearsal of the “Œdipe” and go backstage. At the end of the week, together with the Camp fellows, they will perform their version of the opera in front of the audience.
The 39 selected applicants were required to undergo 24 weeks of English language training in order to reach the second round. As their final assignment, the applicants had to make a 90-second creative video, in English, which expressed their presentation skills and demonstrated their talents in particular artistic disciplines. The Jury, represented by the Salzburg Festival, the creative team of the Opera Camps and the chairman of the board of Solway Investment Group judged the presented videos based on a variety of criteria: creativity, communication skills, engagement with the language learning process as well as their level of English language skills.
For their exceptional academic results, their will to learn and their creative approach, the jury awarded Veronika Perepelytsia (Ukraine), Barbara Stojyanova (Macedonia) and Diego Raul Cac (Guatemala) with its special prize – a month of further intensive English studies that will take place in June.
The full list of selected Solway Music Fellowship program finalists and their 90-second creative videos can be seen here: