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Guide to the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition

Laureates: Where are they now?
About the competition

Held by the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition is the biggest singing competition in Poland. Established in 1992 by Maria Fołtyn, Polish soprano, opera director, animateur, and tireless promoter of Stanisław Moniuszko’s oeuvre, the Competition sees its eleventh edition in 2022. Every three years young artists from around the world gather in Warsaw to present their skills and abilities before a select group of music professionals. For many the Competition becomes a launch pad to an international career.

Timeline of the competition
Applications open: 15/11/21 - 15/02/22
Announcement of selected candidates: 25/03/22

6-7 June 2022
Stage 1, auditions with piano

8-9 June 2022
Stage 2, auditions with piano

11 June 2022
Stage 3, final auditions with orchestra
Announcement of the results, award ceremony

Fact file
SectionsVocals
Deadline15 Jan 2021 - 15 Feb 2022
Finals06 - 11 Jun 2022
WhereWarsaw, Poland
Age groupsSingers born between 6 June 1989 and 6 June 2004.
Main prizes

Main prizes
Grand Prix: €15,000

Prizes awarded separately in male and female categories
1st Prize: €10,000
2nd Prize: €8,000
3rd Prize: €6,000
Remaining Finalists: €2,000 each

The Maria Fołtyn Prize for the best performance of a Stanisław Moniuszko piece: €8,000

The Prize for the best pianist: €2,000, The Prize for an outstanding pianist: €1,500

Participants of Stage 2 will receive €500

Special prizes

From the Kosciuszko Foundation (USA) funded by Ann Cox Zagoreos:

The Carlo Maria Giulini Prize awarded in male and female category separately for a performance of profound musical expression drawing on the essence of humanity: $5,000

The Jan and Edward Reszke Prize for the best performance of a Polish work by a foreign entrant: $3,000

The Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Prize for the most promising Polish voice: $2,000

And many more to be announced at the later date.

Jury 2022

John Allison - Chair of the Jury, editor of Opera Magazine
Boris Ignatov - Casting Director, Staatsoper Stuttgart
Peter Mario Katona - Director of Casting, ROH
Izabela Kłosińska - soprano, Casting Director, Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
Mariusz Kwiecień - baritone, Artistic Director, Wrocław Opera
Thomas Lausmann - Director of Music Administration, Metropolitan Opera
Gianluca Macheda - Director of GM Art&Music
Joan Matabosch - Artistic Director, Teatro Real
Roberto Mauro - Director of Artistic Planning, Canadian Opera Company
Eleonora Pacetti - Director of “Fabbrica” Young Artist Program, Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma
Olga Pasichnyk - soprano
Nicholas Payne - Director of Opera Europa
Ewa Podleś - contralto
Tobias Truniger - Director of Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio
Annette Weber - Opera Director, Opernhaus Zürich
Edith Wiens - soprano, Professor of Voice, Director of Int. Meistersinger Akademie

Laureates
Aleksandra Kurzak (1998), Jakub Józef Orliński (2016), Olga Busuioc (2013), Alexey Markov (2007), Vladimir Moroz (2004), Salome Jicia (2016), Andrzej Filończyk (2016), Maria Motolygina (2019), Long Long (2019).
Looking back

                                         For more information click here to visit the competition website