For the competition there is an age limit of 18 to 35 years (participation at birth after 01. September 1982).
For the master classes and the intensive coaching-masterclass-week all interested can register without age limit.
Each participant must present 4 opera arias of free choice from the following opera composers in the original tone
and memorize them by heart:
1st Prize: € 5.000, - (donated by the city of Graz)
2nd Prize: € 3.000, - (dedicated to the tenor Giacomo Aragall, donated by Hotel am Stefansplatz Wien)
3rd Prize: € 2.000, - ( donated by Graz-Kultur)
Recognition Award - Young talent (up to 26 years): € 500, -
Audience Award: € 500, -
Special Prizes: Concerts and Leading opera roles in Sao Paolo
1. Mr. Paulo Abrao Esper (General director of the Cia Ópera São Paulo and the Maria Callas competition - BRASIL) takes on responsibility to officially invite one of the prizewinners of the competition to participate at the ‘Maria Callas Festival’, which will take place in Sao Paulo (Brazil) in April 2019 (exact date to be set later). The prizewinner is the participant, who will be awarded with one of the first three prizes, or the winner of special award of the ‘Accademia Belcanto’ competition.
Terms & Conditions: The invited singer must sing two concerts (with orchestra or piano). The reimbursement package includes a Gage per concert, as well as travel expenses and hotel accommodation (including food and beverages).
2. Mr. Esper takes on responsibility to officially invite another (second) prizewinner from the final round for at least two performances for one of the leading roles in opera “Madame Butterfly” or “Gianni Schicchi” (Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly, Lauretta or Gianni Schicchi); which will take place between September and October 2019 (exact date to be set later).
Terms & Conditions: The reimbursement package includes a evening Gage per performance, as well as travel expenses and accommodation (including food and beverage).
Furthermore, it is Mr. Esper´s responsibility to present two signed contracts to the singers directly on the stage, in the final round of the award ceremony.
Additional special prizes and honors of the Accademia Belcanto will be awarded to selected finalists at the discretion of the jury.
Persons who have already won a first prize at an international competition may enter directly into the semifinals with the presentation of official documents; we kindly ask you to send the certificate in advance as a scan by e-mail. Prize winners of a 1st place in previous competitions of the Accademia Belcanto are not admitted, all other winners may compete again.
Should you not be able to participate in our competition for various reasons after admission to the competition, you will receive your fee up to August 1st, with the exception of a cancellation fee of € 50, - afterwards everything will be forfeited.
Each participant will be provided with a pianist (Svetlana Sokolova or Tatiana Maksimova) for the competition, the rehearsals will be held at the Graz Conservatory.
Participants who want to work with our pianists before the the elimination round on 02/03rd september must register for the coaching week. The intensiv-masterclass-week includes one lesson per day with one of our three recognized singing pedagogues. In addition, the teachers of the coaching week will not only teach, but also a part of the jury of the III. International singing competition of Accademia Belcanto.
ETERI LAMORIS (soprano), NATELA NICOLI (mezzosopran) and RONALD PRIES (tenor) will help the participants improve your skills and prepare you for the competition. This also includes a total of one hour of language coaching with GINA MATTIELLO and a single piano rehearsal session with SVETLANA SOKOLOVA one of our pianists of the competition.
The participants have the opportunity to bring their own pianist at their own expense. The order of the singers for the first round will be raffled and emailed before the start of the competition. You will be notified by e-mail and via the homepage about on advance. All finalists receive a diploma and have the opportunity to sing at the Winner- Gala-Concert on September 7th.
For the concert performances, ladies should wear elegant, long evening gowns and men's tuxedos or dark suits.
The Accademia Belcanto reserves the right to make changes to the organization and its organizational details.