Our competition is specifically focused on opera: there won’t be any chamber or folk music, just operatic repertoire.

But it’s competitions of this sort that help the most in getting young singers roles in major theaters – a difficult task, particularly in our times. Such competitions naturally represent a real trial for the singer: opera is a synthetic genre, and the jury will be evaluating not only the voices and vocal technique, but one’s artistry, stage presence and musicality as well.

For an opera singer, every appearance on the stage brings not only much pleasure, but much anxiety as well. This will be especially true for the participants in our operatic “examination.” But I hope you’ll pass the test with the highest marks. You surely have something to strive for: our laureates are already singing on the stages of Russian and European theaters.

Good luck!
Galina Vishnevskaya

About our competition

On June the 4th in Moscow will be opened the VI Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition, which was founded by the great Russian singer in 2006. Founders of competition are the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation, Department of culture of Moscow and Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre. This year’s competition, like many other events of the Opera Centre is dedicated to the 90th anniversary from the birthday of Galina Vishnevskaya.

The International Opera Singers Competition takes place in Moscow every two years; in the past five competitions took part more than a thousand and two hundred young singers from Russia, CIS countries, UK, France, Germany, China, South Korea, Mongolia. Winners and Laureates of the Competition star now in the most known theaters of Russia and all over the world.

The jury of the VI International Opera Singers Competition of Galina Vishnevskaya, which is headed by the Artistic Director of the Opera Centre Olga Rostropovich, enter the world Opera stars Irina Bogacheva, Ileana Cotrubas, Badri Maisuradze, heads of the largest Opera theatres, festivals and artistic agencies. To participate in the Competition there were more than two hundred and fifty applications; as a result of selective listening in the first round are 50 young singers from Russia, Armenia, UK, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, China, Mongolia, Poland, etc.

The first round of the Competition will be held in the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre on June the 4th and the 5th (starting at 1 pm); second round – on June the 7th (starting at 5 pm). The final and the awarding ceremony will take place on the New stage of the State Academic Bolshoi theatre of Russia on June the 9th (at 7 pm). The finalists will be accompanied by the orchestra of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, conductor Alexander Soloviev.

Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre
June the 4th and the 5th 1 pm
First Round

June the 7th 5 pm
Second Round

The Bolshoi theatre of Russia, New stage
June the 9th 7 pm
Third Round
Prizewinners Awarding Ceremony


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