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Music Theatre Now Competition

Music Theatre Now (MTNow) is the premier competition for first productions of new works, which have been professionally created anywhere in the world. Since 2008 more than 1500 world premieres of new opera and music theatre have entered our competition to take part in our unique convention that brings together practitioners and presenters from across the globe. Former winners have staged their works at various festivals around the globe, such as O.Festival (Rotterdam), Prototype Festival (New York) or Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival ACT. MTNow has been a launchpad for several successful international careers.

A jury of four internationally acclaimed music theatre professionals selects at least 6 outstanding productions.

These winners will be invited to present their works in short lectures at the international convention of Music Theater Now at the O. Festival in Rotterdam in May 2024. 

SAVE THE DATE O. Festival Professionals Programme from Thursday 16 May till Saturday 18 May 2024 in Rotterdam (NL).

O. Professionals Programme celebrates the innovative, incessant, and poignant Music Theater scene. This year’s special edition includes MTNow 2023 competition award winners and jury members. During the 3-day O. Professionals Programme you can find in one place international and local, experienced and emergent, programmers and makers. O. weaves experiences around performances, panels, meals, and what is in between to invoke thought-provoking discussions with a personal touch.