IX international competition of opera singers «SAINT-PETERSBURG»

From 22.11.19 to 30.11.19


will take place in Saint-Petersburg from 22 to 30 November 2019

The competition is dedicated to the memory of Irina BOGACHEVA


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»

Irina BogachevaTHE JURY

Annett ANDRIESEN (Netherlands)
Teimuraz GUGUSHVILI (Georgia)
Sergei LEIFERKUS (Russia)
Vladimir VANEEV (Russia)
Gianni TANGUCCI (Italy)
Carmen DE MIGUEL (Spain)
ZHAO Yunhong (China)


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

Director of the Competition

Executive Director of the Competition
Alexander KLIMENKO


Reception hall of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. (Mariinsky Palace, St. Isaac's Square 6)
November 22
Starting at 18.00

St. Petersburg Conservatory Concert Hall (Glinka str. 2)
November 23, 24
Starting at 12.00

Academic Capella (Moyka River embankment 20)
November 25, 26
Starting at 16.00

Academic Capella (Moyka River embankment 20)
November 28
Starting at 18.00

Academic Capella (Moyka River embankment 20)
November 30
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 spbcompetition@mail.ru by November 1, 2019

List of application documents to be presented by the applicant

•        completed application form (can be downloaded from the official site) http://www.conservatory.ru/spbcomp19eng
•        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 November 1, 2019.

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

Awards for female voices:

  • One 1st Prize of 150 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate
  • One 2nd Prize of 90 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate
  • One 3rd Prize of 45 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate

Awards for male voices:

  • One 1st Prize of 150 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate
  • One 2nd Prize of 90 000 Rubles and the title of Laureate
  • One 3rd Prize 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. 

2. The Administration will offer accommodation and will reimburse the accommodation expenses of the contestants who reached the Second Round

3. The contestants not passed to the Second or Final Rounds may stay until the end of the Competition on their own expense.

4. The Competition Committee will not reimburse any expenses of the pianists brought by the contestants.

5. 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.

6. The contestants must produce passports and visas themselves and on their expense.


1. One aria from opera, cantata or 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.

1. One aria from an opera of the Western composer of the XIX century.
2. One aria from a Russian opera of the XIX century
3. A song of a West-European composer of the XVIII-XIX centuries

(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, Mussorgsky, 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 http://www.conservatory.ru/spbcomp19eng


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