Create a lyric video for Rolando Villazón

Creators Selected On
January 21, 2016
The Brief
Opera star Rolando Villazón released his new studio album Treasures of Bel Canto with Deutsche Grammophon on October 2, 2015.

As part of the album’s release, Rolando Villazón and Deutsche Grammophon are inviting animators, filmmakers and video artists from around the world to create the official lyric video for the track "Tirana pour deux voix."

Artists are asked to submit a 15 - 20 second sample video showcasing their idea for the complete lyric video. Rolando Villazón is excited to see what you will come up with, inspired by his music and lyrics. The song and lyrics can be downloaded here.

The Selected Artist will be granted a production budget of €3,500 to complete the lyric video for the entire song "Tirana pour deux voix" and receive €1,500 on top.
"I'm not afraid of silence. The opera has moments where silence is the most beautiful music of all. Art is the soul of our society; it’s what makes our world sensitive and sentimental. I'm really looking forward to watch all of your different interpretations of "Tirana pour deux voix"!"- Rolando Villazón

Through his unique and compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world, Rolando Villazón has firmly established himself as one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and beloved opera stars and tenors of our day. Rolando Villazón has performed with leading orchestras and conductors on concert stages all over the world. A recipient of many prestigious awards, Rolando Villazón has been named a Chévalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of the highest awards in the fields of arts and literature in France.



On his new album Treasures Of Bel Canto Rolando Villazón interprets classic compositions by Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Giacomo Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi like they’ve never been heard before.

"When singing, I could hear an orchestra in my head", says Rolando Villazón. While working on this album the singer was inspired by the contemporary timbre and harmony of the Italian composer Luciano Berio which lead to a new but wonderfully fitting relationship between old and new.

About Deutsche Grammophon
Deutsche Grammophon (DG) is part of Universal Music Group and one of the most versatile, agile and prestigious music labels in the world of Classics. The company was established in 1898 by the multi-talented Emil Berliner, who co-invented the vinyl record as well as the gramophone. A few years before, in 1877, he had already secured himself the patent for the microphone. Not long after, his company developed to a driving force in the arts and became a pioneer for excellent quality of performance, sound and design. DG´s portfolio reads like a visual "who's who" of the classical music industry. Many of the most prominent names and legends belong to the family of Deutsche Grammophon. This includes artists like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Krystian Zimerman, Claudio Abbado, Placido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Magdalena Kozena, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Bryn Terfel and Sting.

One artist, as selected by the judges, will:
  • Be granted a production budget of €3,500 to complete their idea and produce a full length official lyric video for "Tirana pour deux voix" (4:30 minutes)
  • Receive exposure for their work across the social media channels of Rolando Villazón, Deutsche Grammophon and Talenthouse
  • Receive €1,500
Rolando Villazón

Through his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world, Rolando Villazón has firmly established himself as one of the music world’s most critically acclaimed and beloved stars and as one of the leading tenors of our day. Heralded as “the most charming of today’s divos” (The Times) and “a great singer and brilliant entertainer, at once extremely funny and deeply profound” (Crescendo), Rolando Villazón is among the most versatile artists alive today, maintaining successful careers as a stage director, novelist, and TV personality next to his on-stage career.

Stephan Steigleder
Stephan Steigleder is senior director of the Digital Division of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH and previously held the position as director of Digital Media at Universal Music Classics & Jazz. In his role he is responsible for everything connected with digital – a wide range from social media, content marketing and CRM to the digital strategy for individual artists of the broad classical music artist roster including labels like Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and ECM. He graduated in Business Studies writing his diploma thesis on "Music On Demand" back in 1998 and worked as a DJ, music journalist, and freelancer at music labels (Motor Music, Sony Music, Sonar Kollektiv, etc.). He has also held permanent roles in digital agencies as Account Director for BBDO, Opus 5 and Icon Mobile. Although digital is his job profile, Stephan is a passionate vinyl collector.
Nanja Maung Yin
Nanja Maung Yin graduated in Music and Communication Science. Along with her interest in playing the violin, she has always been intrigued by the happenings of the music industry. She quickly found her way into the music business, starting her career in the marketing department of the labels Polydor/Island and Polystar (Universal Music). She is now a Product Manager for Deutsche Grammophon and is responsible for marketing international classical music such as Hélène Grimaud, Ludovico Einaudi, Avi Avital and Rolando Villazón´s new album "Treasures Of Bel Canto."
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Videos submitted must be original and comply with the Official Rules, meaning all content must be your own original work and/or cleared to use. Proof will be required if selected. The use of third party copyright materials is prohibited (except for the provided music and lyrics). All rights in and to the material provided are reserved by Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Videos must be between 15-20 seconds in length. Please bear in mind that YouTube adds one second onto the length of a video when uploading.
  • Videos must include the song "Tirana pour deux voix " and the accompanying lyrics which you can download here.
  • Artists should include a short description about their video and themselves.
  • Artists should retain their original file with a resolution of at least 1920x1080px should they be selected.
  • Artists must submit their video clip to YouTube or Vimeo then paste the video URL via the "Participate" tab on Talenthouse.
  • The submission period for the 15-20 second video clip ends on January 7, 2015. The Selected Artist agrees to create a full-length lyric video (4:30 minutes) for the song "Tirana pour doux voix" between January, 25 and February, 12 2015.
  • The final video of the Selected Artist may be modified for usage as official lyric video for the Song "Tirana pour deux voix."
  • Artists that are not selected will retain ownership of their work, however Deutsche Grammophon has marketing rights to promote work on their channels in connection with this Creative Invite. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • The Selected Artist transfers all usage rights of the final lyric video to Rolando Villazón and Deutsche Grammophon. In return, the Selected Artist will receive the specified incentives.
  • Rolando Villazón and Deutsche Grammophon can use the selected work according to the Official Rules.
  • If multiple people were involved in the creation of the entry, only one person can submit the video clip.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • When sharing submissions on social media platforms, please use the hashtag #villazonvideo.
  • The Selected Artist must respond to Talenthouse within two days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief or guidelines.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
The judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
Submit By: January 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Selection Period Starts: January 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Artists Selected: January 20, 2016
Production Period: January 25 - February 12, 2016

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