ANT 2. #Politically Correct?

EntARTet – Then&Now: Schreker, Zemlinsky, Berg, Korngold, Eissler, Krenek, Weill, Ullmann, Schönberg

Period(s) of the EOA module in 2023-24:

Around 18-22 March 2024 (TBC): 

  • 5 days short module of presentations and performances (TBC)
  • 1-3 months preparation of performances (personal choice between)

Description of the EOA module:



Singers, Pianists and Composers will collaborate in this module with the aim to examine, explore and question some of the impacts the notion of “political correctness” is having on the arts and artists in the past and presence.

For the National Socialists, all works of art, cultural styles and musical works that were not in harmony with their own ideal of beauty and understanding of art were considered “degenerate” and were banned, their creators persecuted. We will explore and perform the works of these „forbidden composers“, thereby honoring their legacy.

Together, we will inquire if today art itself is being pushed back within new forms of discrimination and closure instead of challenging the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in social, moral or aesthetic terms. What are the consequences for today’s artistic landscape?

In collaboration with the Composition & Research Department.

Optional repertoire: 

  • Brundibár – Opera by Hans Krása

Brundibár is a children’s opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, made most famous by performances by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. The name comes from a Czech colloquialism for a bumblebee.  Written1939

  • The Passenger (opera)- Opera by Mieczysław Weinberg

It is a 1968 opera by Mieczysław Weinberg to a Russian libretto by Alexander Medvedev [Wikidata]. Medvedev’s libretto[2] is based on the 1959 Polish radio play Pasażerka z kabiny 45 (Passenger from Cabin Number 45) by concentration-camp survivor Zofia Posmysz. The opera, scheduled for the Bolshoi Theatre in 1968, was not premiered until 2006, when musicians of the Stanislavsky Theatre presented a semi-staging conducted by Wolf Gorelik in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music on 25 December. Medvedev’s libretto was reworked in 2010 for the first staged performance of the opera at the Bregenzer Festspiele into German, English, Polish, Yiddish, French, Russian and Czech. It has then been performed internationally.

  • Il Viaggio Di Roberto – Un Treno verso Auschwitz by Paolo Marzocchi in 2014

Kind of voice:


Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe:

Unique collaboration between the vocal department, the research department, the composition department and local communities.

Transversal collaboration between the classical roles of creating – performing – reflecting 

Names of the professors of this module: 

  • Susanne Schimmack
  • Gary Jankowski
  • Michelle Losier
  • Anne Cambier
  • Sabrina Avantario
  • Aaron Wajnberg
  • Guest lecturers: TBC

Possible extras besides the module:

Students taking part in this module can request to join additional courses and projects. Please mail  

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students: 

5 days: 1-3 people

1-3 months:

  • 3-4 voice students
  • 3-4 pianists
  • 2 composers

Number of ECTs: 

  • 5 days: 3 ECTs
  • 1-3 months: 6-15 ECTs

Entrance examination: 

Apply through EASY with the clear mention of  the EOA-module.

Application period is from 1 January 2023 till 1 May 2023 Please find all information here;

Description of the final examination: 

Participants are evaluated based on their participation in the online offer and the live courses. The module will culminate into a final performance with the enArtete repertoire by a selection of participants.

Teaching language and Required level of language:

English B2

Total expenses of the EOA module per student and what is included / excluded in this price: 

Taking part in the module is free but students need to pay for travel and accommodation themselves. They can apply for a grant at their home institution.

5 days: We can administratively support your application for a short blended mobility if your institution provides this offer.

1-3 months: regular Erasmus+ exchange grants

Deadline for applications:

  • 1st deadline: 8th of May 2023
  • 2nd deadline: 1st of September (still possible via EASY as well)

Date for expected answers: 

  • 1st deadline: 1st of June
  • 2nd deadline: 30th of September