“Arturo Toscanini”
International Conducting Competition

XI Edition – 2020


Due to the prosecution of the international health emergency, La Toscanini announces the decision of postponing the Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition’s 11th Edition (which was scheduled from June 6th to June 21st 2020) to a later date.

We are currently planning the new schedule which will be announced as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding!

This Regulation is an integral part of the Notice concerning the 11th edition of the “Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition”, organised by the Arturo Toscanini Foundation. Each candidate is required to accept the contents of this Regulation in its entirety.

     2.1. Operational Coordination
The operational coordination of the Competition is entrusted to the Arturo Toscanini Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the “Foundation”).
     2.2. Orchestras of the Competition
The orchestra and the choir, whose presence is scheduled for the preliminary phase, will be made available by the Foundation. The appointed orchestra, for the semi-final and final stages, will be the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini.
     2.3. Singers
Young professional opera singers will take part to support the planned activities and for the implementation of the musical programmes required, both at the workshops and at the Competition.

     3.1. Admission of competitors
The preliminary selection of the videos will be carried out by a commission of conductors and professionals, nominated by the Foundation. After examining all the videos, the commission will identify the 12 candidates eligible for the Workshop and the Competition; in addition to these, 4 reserves will be selected, in ranking order, in case of cancellation by some of the selected candidates. The jury’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
     3.2. Notification
The outcomes of the preliminary selection will be published on the Competition website and the selected candidates will be notified via email by 6th March 2020. The notification document will allow the admitted candidates to apply for an entry visa in Italy, if necessary.
     3.3. Confirmation
Each admitted candidate must confirm via email to the following address, by 10th March 2020, his/her total availability to the entire phases of the workshop and Competition, in the days and times specified, under penalty of forfeiture of admission to the Competition.

     4.1. Presentation
Selected candidates must present themselves, at each phase, with a valid ID.
     4.2. Delays
Delays and absences by candidates will not be tolerated in regards to the specified times and the planned commitments, unless justified and valid reasons are duly documented, under penalty of forfeiture of admission to the Competition.

The Foundation will take charge of the accomodation’s expenses in Parma for the 12 candidates admitted to the Competition, both during the period of the workshop and during the various competition phases. The candidates will be hosted by families which support the Competition or by other similar structures.
For all 12 candidates admitted to the elimination round and of 6 candidates admitted to the semi-final, the Foundation will provide a reimbursement for documented travel expenses according to the following amounts: up to 100 euros net (for candidates residing in Italy), up to 200 euros net (for candidates residing in the EU and in the following countries: Albania, Vatican City, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Principality of Andorra, Republic of San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland) and up to 400 Euro net (for candidates residing in other States).
The Foundation will also make available a scholarship, for a maximum of 800 euros net, as a further contribution to travel expenses that will be assigned at the discretion of the Artistic Direction for merit and/or for special conditions of necessity, after evaluation of the requests received.
(Send an e-mail to with the subject: “Richiesta contributo spese di viaggio/borsa di studio Concorso Toscanini 2020” indicating the particular conditions of necessity).

The candidates’ order of performing for all rounds, unless otherwise agreed by the artistic direction, will follow the alphabetical one, starting with a letter determined by drawing lots. This draw will be unique and the letter drawn will be valid for the planned activities of the workshop for the entire duration of the competition.

     7.1. Repertoire
The preliminary stage will concern the following five tests:
       1. Rehearsing and conducting an operatic Quartet with piano, singers and choirdrawn by the candidate from among the following:
          a)Bella figlia dell’amore” – Quartet from Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
          b) Addio, dolce svegliare” – Quartet from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
       2. Rehearsing and conducting a Verdi chorus with piano, singers and choirdrawn by the candidate from among the following:
          a) Spuntato ecco il dì d’esultanza” – Chorus from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
          b) Gli arredi festivi” – Chorus from Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi.
       3. Rehearsing and conducting a first movement from a Symphony with orchestra drawn by the candidate from among the following:
          a) Adagio – Presto” – from Symphony no. 101 in D Major by Franz Joseph Haydn
          b) Adagio molto – Allegro con brio” – from Symphony no. 2 in D Major by Ludwig van Beethoven
          c) Largo – Allegro vivace” – from Symphony no. 2 in B Flat Major, D 125 by Franz Schubert
       4. Rehearsing and conducting a Concertato with orchestra, singers and choir drawn by the candidate from among the following:
          a) Signor sergente…Adina credimi” until the end of the Act – Concertato Final Act I from L’Elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti
          b) Ma signor…Ma un Dottor…Mi par d’esser con la testa” until the end of the Act – Concertato Final Act I from Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
       5. Individual interview.
The Commission has the right to interrupt, at any time, the performance of the tests listed under point 7.1 of this Regulation. The Commission’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
At the end of the various tests, the Commission will identify 6 candidates that will be able to move to the semi-final. Within 5 days after the publication of these results, the candidates admitted to the semi-final will be required to communicate, via email ( to the Secretariat of the Competition, all the pieces chosen for the semi-final.

     8.1. Repertoire
The Semi-Final will concern the following four tests:
       1. Rehearsing and conducting a Mozart recitative with piano and soloistschosen by the candidate from among the following:
          a) “Hai già vinta la causa” – Recitative from Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart
          b) “Temerari, sortite fuori di questo loco” – Recitative from Così fan tutte by W.A. Mozart
          c)“Crudele! Ah no…Mio bene!” – Recitative from Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart
      2. Rehearsing and conducting with piano and soloists, the mandatory piece for every candidate: “Siete voi?… Questo è un nodo avviluppato” – Sextet from La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini
       3. Rehearsing and conducting with orchestra a Symphony from Opera, chosen by the candidate from among the following:
          a) Ouverture from Medea by Luigi Cherubini
          b) Symphony from L’italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini
          c) Symphony from La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
       4. Rehearsing and conducting a Duet with orchestra and singerschosen by the candidate from among the following:
          a) “Dunque io son” – Duet from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
          b) “Quanto amore! Ed io spietata!” – Duet from L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti
The Jury has the right to interrupt, at any time, the performance of the tests listed under point 8.1 of this Regulation. The Commission’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
At the end of the various tests the international jury will identify the three candidates nominated for the final. The three finalists will draw lots for the final test, by process of elimination, of the Rossini’s duet and Verdi’s opera Act. The order of the draw will follow the alphabetical one, determined by the letter drawn at the start of the competition (point 6 of this Regulation).

     9.1.Rehearsals with Filarmonica Toscanini
On the days 4th and 5th June 2020 each of the 3 finalists will have a maximum of 2 hours and 30 minutes of rehearsals with Filarmonica Toscanini, soloists and choir to prepare Rossini’s duet and Verdi’s opera Act previously drawn. Each candidate will have 1 hour and 30 minutes for a musical rehearsal with soloists and piano, to prepare Verdi’s opera Act previously drawn. The Jury may discretionary take part of both tests.
     9.2. Final: 6th June 2020
The final round of the Competition will take place, in concert form open to the public, at Teatro Regio in Parma.
     9.3. Order of Performances for the Final Test
The order of performances of the candidates for the final round will be determined by the unquestionable decision of the Artistic Direction.
     9.4. Repertoire
Each of the three finalists will have to conduct a Rossini’s duet and a Verdi’s opera Act, according to the following programme:
     Gioachino Rossini’s Duet, drawn by the candidate from among the following:
          a) Fiero incontro!… Lasciami non t’ascolto” from Tancredi
          b) Dio che vegli su me…Ah se puoi così lasciarmi” from Mosè
          c) Ebben…a te: ferisci… Giorno d’orror e di contento!” from Semiramide
     An opera Act by Giuseppe Verdi drawn by the candidate from among the following:
          a) ACT I from Nabucco (without Symphony)
          b) ACT I from Macbeth (from the entrance of Lady Macbeth: “Nel dì della vittoria” until the end of the Act)
          c) ACT II from La Traviata (from “Ah, vive sol quel core all’amor mio!” until the end of the Act)
     9.5. Announcement of the Winner
At the end of the concert the international jury announce the final ranking, the winner and the relative prizes (See point 5 of the Notice)of the 2020 edition of the Competition.

This Regulation and the relevant Notice are published in two languages (Italian and English). Only the Italian version has legal validity.

The Superintendent
Alberto Triola



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