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Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

What is classic in contemporary music and vice versa?

mentored by Topi Lehtipuu

25 - 30 September 2023

Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera


What does contemporary precisely mean? Does contemporary mean modern? What is classical in contemporary music? What is the difference between classical and contemporary music?

And how to sing and play contemporary music?

These questions are the focus of a 6-day workshop with renowned singer Topi Lehtipuu.


The participants will work on contemporary opera and concert repertoire with the main objective to practice how to deal with contemporary music.


Different opera arias/pieces from the second part of the 20th century will be examined to search for criterions defining ‘classical’ in contemporary music. Parallelisms between classical and modern singing technics and expressions will be pointed out.


Each day there will be a lecture, individual musical coachings and practical exercises and a masterclass with all participants.


There will also be a space for a discussion on how contemporary music is constantly evolving as each generation brings their own sound to this ever-growing genre known as contemporary music and why by labeling music as contemporary, it is a way of saying it is still relevant and up-to-date in today’s ever-changing society.


 Practical informations


Date: From September 25th to 30th, 2023

Place: Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera / Pl. Teatralny 1; 00-950 Warsaw, Poland


 Application process


- the artist must be connected to one of the 12 enoa member institutions

- the artist must contact their sending institution, which decides if they recommend their application

- if recommanded, the artist must send their application to their sending institution contact

- the network assumes the responsibility for the training fees, the costs of accommodation and travel

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to their personal situation.


The enoa network is actively seeking to support artists currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons.

More information on enoa’s commitments




- Number of participants: 14

- Positions reserved for participants supported by enoa organisations: 6


 Artistic requirements


Application requirements:


• CV

• video recording of any repertoire (min. 4 minutes long)


Programme to prepare:

• 1 aria from the classical repertoire (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven etc.)

• 1 contemporary song or aria (after 1960)