The competition is open to singers of all nationalities, male singers born after May 1st, 1983 and female singers after May 1st, 1985. 

The Competition will be held in five rounds:

1. To apply for participation in the FIRST ROUND, there are two options available (A and B):

A)  LIVE AUDITION - 
The application deadline for live auditions is 7 days before the chosen audition date: 

Auditions take place (details will be announced personally to every participant):

  • Austria - Vienna - 19th of December 2016
  • Belarus – Minsk - 16th of January 2017
  • Bulgaria – Sofia - 3rd of February 2017
  • Croatia - Zagreb - 16th of December 2016
  • Denmark - Copenhagen - 1st of February 2017
  • Estonia - Tallinn - 16th of March 2017 
  • Finland – Helsinki - 7th of February 2017
  • Germany - Berlin - 2nd of February 2017,
                      - Detmold 12th of February 2017
  • Hungary - Budapest - 14th of December 2016
  • Italy – Rome - 10th of February 2017
  • Latvia - Riga - 23rd of January 2017
  • Lithuania – Kaunas - 31st January 2017
  • the Netherlands - Amsterdam - 14th of March 2017
  • Poland – Katowice - 21st of December 2016
  • Romania - Bucharest - 12th December 2016,
                     - Cluj-Napoca - 13th of December 2016
  • Russia – Moscow - 4th of February 2017,
                 - St.Petersburg - 5th of February 2017
  • Slovenia - Maribor - 18th of December 2016
  • Sweden – Stockholm - 7th of February 2017
  • Ukraine – Kyiv - 18th of January 2017,
                    - Lviv - 20th of January 2017

Applicants must perform with piano accompaniment two pieces of differing character
The contestant may choose the pieces, which can (but not necessarily) be from the same repertoire chosen for later rounds.
NB! 
The performing time cannot exceed 8 minutes altogether.

At least 27 singers will be selected to go on to the next round. Results will be announced before March 30th, 2017 by e-mail, on the website of the Competition and in Facebook.

B)  AUDITION BY AUDIO RECORDING (.mp3) or/and YOUTUBE LINK -
The deadline for receipt of audio/video recordings is March 20th, 2017:

  • Recordings must contain at least two pieces of differing character. 
    The contestant may choose the pieces, which can (but not necessarily) be from the same repertoire chosen for later rounds.
  • Titles of works and date of recording must be indicated!
  • Two recordings together must be at least 6 minutes in length.

At least 8 singers will be selected to go on to the next round. Results will be announced before March 30th, 2017 by e-mail, on the website of the Competition and in Facebook.

The selected contestants (both A and B options) must confirm their continued participation in Pärnu in the next rounds of the Competition by April 10th. For this every selected contestant receives a questionnaire, which should be returned in time.


2. In the SECOND ROUND at least 35 chosen contestants will participate. They will perform two pieces with piano accompaniment, namely:

  • one short (four minutes or less) 18th century aria (from Bach to Mozart inclusive) chosen by the contestant. The piece may not be one of the arias designated for any of next rounds.
  • one short (three minutes or less) opera or operetta aria (also arietta, arioso, couplets etc.). The piece may not be one of the arias designated for any of next rounds.

NB! The performance of these two pieces should not be longer than 8 minutes altogether,
        including stage entrance and exit (!).

3. In the THIRD ROUND  a maximum of 25 contestants will take part. They will perform two pieces with piano accompaniment, namely:

  • two verses of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" sung in German. Transpositions are allowed.
  • one Lied, classical romance or folk song chosen by the contestant.

NB! The performance of these two pieces should not be longer than 8 minutes altogether
        including stage entrance and exit (!).

4. In the FOURTH ROUND a maximum of 15 contestants will take part. They will perform two pieces with piano accompaniment, namely:

  • one aria or selection from any opera, oratorio, cantata or orchestral work composed after 1935.
  • one operatic scene, to include recitative and aria.

      These works may not be among of the works designated for the second and the final rounds.

NB! The performance of these two pieces should not exceed 14 minutes altogether including
        stage entrance and exit (!).

5. For the FINAL ROUND a maximum of six contestants will be chosen. They will perform with orchestra two arias from the repertoire list, namely:

  • one aria chosen by the contestant
  • one aria selected by the Jury out of the three options previously presented by the contestant. The selection will be announced to each finalist after the fourth round.

The contestant will be allowed a 25-minute rehearsal with the orchestra before the final round.


ACCOMPANISTS 

The use of an accompanist for the audition in the First round costs 15 EUR. Accompanist is provided FREE of charge for up to 20 minutes preparation for the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and up to 30 minutes for the 4th round. Extra rehearsal time (also for final round) can be arranged by personal agreement with an accompanist for 1 EUR per minute. Participants themselves must provide the accompanist with all music needed.

Participants are allowed to bring their own pianist. 

Additional Conditions

The contestants must perform from memory. Once chosen, pieces cannot be changed.

The Jury reserves the right to make any decisions not otherwise addressed in the official regulations, in order to ensure that the competition proceeds in a fair, efficient and orderly fashion. All decisions of the Jury are final.

All contestants must be in Pärnu, Estonia on May 7th for the drawing of lots which will determine the order of singers in the second round. The exact time and place of the drawing will be announced beforehand.

If the contestant does not comply with the regulations of the competition, then he/she may be disqualified.

Contestants are responsible for obtaining their visas to enter Estonia. 

It is highly recommended that contestants provide their own insurance with adequate coverage. The Competition will not accept any responsibility for accidents occurring to contestants during the competition.

All participants must cover accommodation and traveling expenses by themselves. Our team will provide a list of hotels/hostels/guesthouses in Pärnu offering a special price (only for the competition participants). 

All rounds of the competition, except the 1st round, will be open to the public and may be recorded and broadcast by radio or television. Contestants have no monetary claims on interviews, recordings and broadcasts.

We recommend to be dressed respectfully to the audience. For the Finals, Ladies: evening dress and Gentlemen: suit/tuxedo/tailcoat. 

The organizers guarantee that the audio recordings will not be used for any other purposes except the selection of candidates for the second round.

BEGIN YOUR REGISTRATION HERE.