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The competition is open to singers of all voice types and all nationalities who are 20-32 years old and:

  • were born in or later than 1986

  • must be at least 20 years old by November 3, 2018. 



The Competition will consist of 4 rounds:



    Based on submitted a video recording - deadline September 1, 2018







     Performed at Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College in New York.

    November 3-4, 2018



  • First Prize: $8,000

  • Second Prize: $5,000

  • Third Prize: $3,000



Special Awards:


  • $1,000 for the best interpretation of a song/aria by Ignacy Jan Paderewski


  • Entry into 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw, Poland including airfare for the Main Prize winner


  • Solo recital in the salon studio at the Sembrich Opera Museum on Lake George during an upcoming summer season offered by Artistic Director, Mr. Richard Wargo


  • A role (performance on stage) in an opera production at the Opera Baltycka in Gdansk Poland in 2019/2020 season. Offered by Artistic Director Maestro Jose’ Maria Florencjo.


  • A role (performance on stage) in an opera/operetta production at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2019/2020 season. Offered by Maestro Maciej Figas


  • A role (performance on stage) in an opera/operetta production at the Teatr Wielki in Lodz, Poland in 2018/2019 or 2019/2020 season. Offered by Artistic Director, Mr. Krzysztof Marciniak

  • Recital in Paris. Offered by Danuta Dubois, President of the European Circle of Support for Polish Culture


The Jury, in total independence, will decide on the winner of each of the offered Special Award respectively (except for the entry into Stanislaw Moniuszko Competition which automatically will be awarded to the Competition First Prize winner). The Jury’s selection process is based upon various criteria such as voice quality, maturity of singing, musicality interpretation, language diction and their personal notes. All Prizes and Special Awards are awarded with the final and indisputable decision of the Jury.



A video recording of two opera arias of candidate's choice. Recording may not exceed fifteen (15) minutes and must match the following criteria:


  • One opera aria from the 18th century from Baroque to Mozart. 


  • One opera aria from a different period.

          Works presented in the recording may be included in the program of the Competition. 



  • One opera aria from baroque repertoire of the 18th century.


  • One aria from an opera by W. A. Mozart.


  • One art song from the 19th century repertoire in original language.



  • One opera aria from the 19th century in original language, no transposition.


  • One Polish art song chosen from the following composers: F.Chopin, S.Moniuszko, S.Niewiadomski, I.J.Paderewski,  M.Karłowicz, F.Nowowiejski, K.Szymanowski, L.Różycki, A.Tansman, P.Perkowski, G.Bacewicz, W.Lutosławski, H.Czyż, K.Penderecki, H.M.Górecki.

            It may be transposed and it has to be sung in the original language.



  • One opera aria or one art song. 

          Selected by Jury choice from the previous rounds.


  • One opera aria of candidate's choice, not previously presented.

          It can be from baroque to the 21st century repertoire.


  • Application deadline: September 1, 2018

  • Admission to Semifinals will be notified by September 15, 2018

  • FIRST ROUND - Saturday, November 3, 2018

  • SEMIFINALS - Sunday, November 4, 2018, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • FINALS - Sunday, November 4, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • The official presentation of the winners will be held on November 4, 2018 at Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College. Finals open to the public.


Please read all the rules below before submitting this application.


Ida K. Lang Recital Hall 

Hunter College

695 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065

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