Competition of Opera Singers 2017


will take place in Saint-Petersburg in 2017 from November 24 to December 2


  • Ministry of Culture of Russia
  • Committee for culture of Saint-Petersburg
  • Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Irina Bogacheva Foundation «Art-Petersburg»



    Honorary Citizen of Saint-Petersburg, People's Artist of USSR, soloist of the Mariinsky theatre, Head of the Department of Solo Singing of Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory, Professor
    Irina BOGACHEVA (Russia)


    Carmen de MIGUEL (Spain)

    Sergei LEIFERKUS (Russia)

    Teimuraz GUGUSHVILI (Georgia)

    Constanze KÖNEMANN (Germany)

    Lyudmila TALIKOVA (Russia)

    Ariane HOLLAENDER-CALIX (Austria)


    Phone/Fax +7 (812) 407-95-62

    Director of the Competition

    Executive Director of the Competition
    Alexander KLIMENKO
    +7-921-321-39-02 (mobile)


    REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT OF REGISTRATION FEE in the Direction of competition in St. Petersburg Conservatory (Glinka Street 2), auditorium № 242
    November 22
    12.00 – 18.00 / November 23 12.00 – 18.00 / November 24 11.00 – 15.00

    REHEARSALS at St. Petersburg Conservatory Concert Hall (auditorium №342)
    November 22
    17.00 - 22.00 / November 23 12.00 - 22.00 / November 24 10.00 - 23.00

    DRAWING OF LOTS at Conservatory Concert Hall (auditorium №342)
    November 24
    Starting at 16.00

    Reception hall of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. (Mariinsky Palace, St. Isaac's Square, d. 6)
    November 24
    Starting at 18.00

    St. Petersburg Conservatory Concert Hall (auditorium №342)
    November 25, 26
    Starting at 12.00

    St. Petersburg Academic Capella (Moika River embankment 20)
    November 27
    Starting at 12.00
    November 28 Starting at 16.00

    November 29

    3 RD ROUND (with the orchestra)
    St. Petersburg Academic Capella
    November 30
    Starting at 18.00

    St. Petersburg Academic Capella
    December 2
    Starting at 19.00



    1. The competition is open to singers aged from 18 to 32 years old at the time of competition, graduates or students of academic institutions of music.
    2. The competition consists of two eliminatory and one final rounds. All rounds are open to public, the order of performance is determined by ballot and will be the same for all the rounds.
    3. The completed application form, together with enclosures in electronic format should be sent to the Competition administration e-mail by October 20, 2017

    List of application documents to be presented by the applicant

    • completed application form [download]
    • copy of passport
    • copy of the diploma for graduates, certificate from place of studies for students
    • CV must contain the following information:
      • name, title and rank of the teacher
      • prizes and diplomas at the competitions
      • current affairs
    • The photo (a personal photo of the singer, colored, art, portrait, a close up, size not less than 500 Kb)

    4. Applications that are incomplete or sent to the Competition Office after the date specified will not be considered.

    The application fee of 3 000 Rubles is to be paid upon arrival to the competition before the ballot.

    All applicants allowed to the competition will be notified by e-mail or fax stated in the application form. They will receive an invitation with the date of arrival to the competition. Invitations will be sent by ordinary mail only to citizens of countries which are required entry visa to Russia.


    1. The order of performance decided by ballot at the beginning of the competition will be the same in each round until the end of the competition.
    2. The decisions of jury is final and will not be reconsidered.
    3. No more than half of the participants of the First Round will take part in the Second Round.
    4. No more that 16 participants of the Second Round will be allowed to the Final Round. The prizes will be assigned by the Jury on their final meeting.
    5. The Jury has the right to reduce a program or to stop a performance which exceeds the regulations or in case of an evident result of a performance upon agreement of all Members of Jury
    6. The final decision of any disputable questions which may arise during the competition is reserved to the President of the Competition.
    7. The prize-winners and competitors assigned diplomas must take part in 2 to 3 concerts upon the end of the Competition without any payment.
    8. The competition organizers have unlimited rights to broadcast and record, videotape, televise, film and photograph the competition events and to make audio or visual recordings of them and to broadcast them without any payment to the competitors. The organizers have right to contract a third party to distribute the above motioned material of the Competition.


    1. The Competition Administration will place a qualified pianist at the disposal of each competitor upon request sent not later than October 20, 2017.
    2. If a competitor wishes to bring his or her own pianist he or she must bear all the expenses for pianist's travel and accommodation.


    1. The Competition Administration will offer rehearsing rooms and 15 minutes rehearsing time at the Hall to every competitor.
    2. The competitors selected to the Final Round will have a rehearsal with the orchestra the day before the performance.


    • Grand-prix of 225 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate
    • Two 1st Prizes of 150 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate
    • Two 2nd Prizes of 90 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate
    • Two 3rd Prizes of 45 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate


    Competition prizes of 15 000 Rubles are assigned to:

    • the youngest competitor
    • the best performance of a piece by a composer from Saint-Petersburg
    • the best performance of an aria of a foreign composer
    • the best performance of a piece to the poetry of Alexander Pushkin
    • exquisite artistic interpretation and mastery of performance

    The competitors of the Final Round not awarded the main prizes and the title of Laureate will be assigned a prize of 15 000 Rubles and an Honorary Diploma.

    The Jury has a right to reward three best pianists of the competition with Special Diploma and a prize of 9 000 Rubles.
    The prizes are given in rubles according to the rate of Central Bank of Russia on the day of payment.

    Within the limit of the award fund the Jury is entitled to:
    assign some of the prizes
    divide the prizes (with the exception of the Grand-prix) among the Laureates.
    State and social organizations, artistic associations, mass media, institutions and firms may establish special prizes upon agreement of the Competition Jury.


    1. The Administration of the contest pays contestants who reached the Second Round trip to St. Petersburg and back. (To be paid a sum of money up to 15 000 Rubles)
    2. The Administration will offer accommodation and will reimburse the accommodation expenses of the contestants from the Second Round on. The accommodation of the contestants of the Second Round not passed to the Final Round will be reimbursed up to 12 a.m. of the day following the day of the announcement of the results of the Second Round.
    3. The accommodation of the contestants of the Final Round will be reimbursed up to 12 a.m. of the day following the day of the official closing ceremony of the competition.
    4. The contestants not passed to the Second or Final Rounds may stay until the end of the Competition on their own expense.
    5. The Competition Committee will not reimburse any expenses of the pianists brought by the contestants.
    6. Upon early request, the Competition Committee is ready to give assistance in booking hotels, attending the Competition events and cultural programs to persons accompanying the contestants on their expense.
    7. The contestants must produce passports and visas themselves and on their expense.


    1 ROUND

    1. One aria from an opera, a cantata or an oratorio of XVI-XVIII centuries including Mozart
    2. An opera aria of contestant's choice
    3. A song to the lyrics of a poet from Saint-Petersburg of XVIII-XX centuries (Derzhavin, Sumarokov, Pushkin, Lermontov, Blok, Sasha Tcherny, Akhmatova, Volodin and others)

    2 ROUND

    1. One aria from an opera of one of the following Western composers:
    Beethoven, Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Gounod, Bizet, Delibes, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Cilea, Boito
    2. One aria from a Russian opera of the XIX century
    3. A song of a West-European composer of the XVIII-XIX centuries

    3 ROUND

    (Final listening accompanied by an orchestra)
    1. An opera aria for choice the participant
    2. An aria from an opera of Petersburg composer XIX-XX centuries (Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Borodin, Musorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Slonimsky, etc.)


    • the contestants must check the availability of the scores and orchestra parts of the arias to be performed in the Final Round with the Competition committee. In case of their unavailability at the Competition, the contestants must present them for performance in the Final Round.
    • All works must be performed from memory and in the original language
    • No piece may appear twice in the contestant's repertoire.
    • Amendments to the repertoire will be exceptionally allowed upon the agreement of the Head of Jury

    The complete information about the VIII International Competition of Opera Singers “Saint-Petersburg” can be found on the official website of Saint-Petersburg state Conservatory

    Competition regulations
    Application form