2018 GUIDE TO COMPETITIONS

The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition
The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Quinquennial (every five years) international voice competition held in Helsinki, Finland. One of the leading international singing competitions. Designed for outstanding young singers, it is known for its high standard, exacting repertoire, superb prizes and prestigious Jury. Prizes in total €173,000. Streamed live online and televised by the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
MAIN OFFICE
Finnish Cultural Foundation
Bulevardi 5A
PO Box 203
FI-00121 Helsinki
FINLAND
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
Women born in 1989 or later and men born in 1987 or later are eligible to participate in the competition in 2019, regardless of nationality.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice • Categories for both men and women
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Quinquennial (every five years)
First prize €30,000
Smallest prize €10,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Jorma Silvasti (tenor), Artistic Director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline November 30, 2018
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Preliminary Round (live rounds): May 20-23, 2018 - Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland. Competitors perform a 15-20-minute (max.) recital including:
An aria from a passion, oratorio, mass or cantata from the 17th or 18th centuries; two solo songs of which at least one must be a Lied; an opera or concert aria.
Semifinals (live rounds): May 24-25, 2018 - Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland.
16-20 competitors perform a 30-minute (max.) recital including:
A song by a Finnish composer; a group of solo songs (lasting 15 20 minutes); an opera or concert aria.
FINALS (live rounds)
Finals: May 20, 2018 - Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland. Eight competitors perform two works with orchestral accompaniment, of which at least one must be an opera, oratorio, cantata or concert aria (performance duration max. 20 minutes). The finalists will be accompanied by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
Categories are for both men and women
2009 Julia Lezhneva
1999 Elina Garanca
1989 René Pape and Andrea Rost
1984 Olaf Bär
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