Vienna Opera voice coach wins Bartok competition

Vienna Opera voice coach wins Bartok competition


norman lebrecht

December 18, 2018

The solo voice coach (Solo-repetitor) of the Vienna State Opera finds himself unexpectedly in the limelight this morning.

Albin Fries’s opera Nora has won the international Bartók Opera Composition Competition, chaired by the Hungarian composer, Péter Eötvös.

Albin has posted this victory statement:

I would like to thank all those who have believed in my opera “Nora” in recent years … My special thanks go to four singers who, out of enthusiasm and without pay, recorded the first scene for me in the studio: Thomas Moser, Elisabeth Flechl, Elisabeth Kulman and Morten Larsen. For my prompter colleague Michael Suppan who has worked tirelessly for this opera until his death, your success is sadly too late. I do not need to thank those 18 (out of 20) Directors who did not find the effort to respond to my request or at least return the score. The EX-intendant of the Graz Opera on Nora: “Can one still write like this today?” My reply: ” I don’t know, I’m not a lawyer.”



  • RW2013 says:

    Thomas Moser still sings?

  • Fabio Luisi says:

    I know him as a wonderful vocal coach and musician, (and an extremely pleasant human being). I didn’t even know that he was composing. Congratulations!
    I would love to have a copy of the score!

  • Rainer says:

    One of the most underestimated composers. A beautiful CD was just recently published with his compositions on poems by the empress Elisabeth – also known as Sisi. But knowbody seems to care about something like that. Instead we are reading about the 80th recording of Winterreise….sad, but true