40 singers from 21 countries will participate in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2019

From the record-high number of 304 applicants, the screening jury of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition chose 40 singers from 21 countries to take part in this year's Competition in Oslo, 13 – 23 August. The Competition's complete programme is available here:


These young singers are born between 1987 and 1997. Only one singer comes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Moldova, Serbia or Turkey. Groups with more than one singer come from China, Israel, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain and the United States of America. The biggest nationalities with five singers each are Germany and South Korea.


11 of these singers were nominated by the collaborating opera academies of QSIMC and were admitted directly to the preliminary rounds in Oslo. The collaborating opera academies are: Bayerische Staatsoper Young Artist Program, Munich; Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Young Artist Program, Moscow; Internationales Opernstudio, Opernhaus Zurich; Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Royal Opera House, London; Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Metropolitan Opera, New York; Teatro alla Scala Academy Young Artist Program, Teatro alla Scala, Milan; and The International Opera Studio, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin.


The Queen Sonja International Music Competition is one of the world’s leading voice competitions. It takes place every second year in Oslo and is open for singers from all over the world. The main goal of the competition is to assist the career development of talented young singers. It also acts as a bridge builder between the Norwegian and international music scenes. Singers of all nationalities may apply to take part of the competition. Upper age limit is 32 years. Several participants for each competition are also nominated by the competition’s collaborating opera academies. Through several rounds, a jury consisting of internationally renowned opera directors, singers and casting associates from some of the world's top opera houses judge the participants' efforts. Each competition culminates in a grand final concert and prize-giving ceremony with H.M. Queen Sonja. The competition’s institutional partners include the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Royal Court.


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