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Guide to the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal 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 tenth anniversary in 2019. 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.

From its very inception, the Competition has been more than just fierce artistic rivalry at the highest level. It has also been a chance to promote Polish vocal literature to an international audience. The Competition’s repertoire list includes the oeuvre of its patron Stanisław Moniuszko, who is considered the father of Polish opera, as well as pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and contemporary Polish composers, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Paweł Mykietyn, or Mieczysław Weinberg.

The upcoming tenth edition of the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition will take place at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera on 6–11 May 2019. The jubilee edition coincides with Stanisław Moniuszko’s 200th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, on 5 May 2019, the composer’s birthday, we are going to hold the Competition’s Opening Gala and concert featuring prizewinners of the previous Competitions.

You may follow the gala and all the competition’s stages here

Accommodation provided for free with host families in and around Warsaw for participants. 100€/ 400 PLN registration fee for candidates admitted to the competition. 

For more information please click here for the website.

2019 Jury
Michael FichtenholzOpernhaus Zürich
Jonathan FriendMetropolitan Opera
Tobias HasanStaatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin
Boris IgnatovStaatsoper Stuttgart
Peter Mario KatonaRoyal Opera House - Covent Garden
Izabella KłosińskaTeatr Wielki-Polish National Opera
Gianluca MachedaGM Art&Music
Pål Christian MoeBayerische Staatsoper and Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Nicholas PayneOpera Europa
Alain PerrouxFestival d’Aix-en-Provence
Ewa PodleśContralto
Tobias TrunigerBayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio
Evamaria WieserSalzburg Festspiele and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Fact file
Deadline15 Jan 2019
Finals05 - 11 May 2019
WhereWarsaw, Poland
Age groupsSingers born between 6 May 1986 and 6 May 2001

First Prize – 15 000€

Second Prize – 11 000€

Third Prize – 9 000€

Fourth Prize – 7 000€

Fifth Prize – 5 000€

Sixth Prize – 4 000€

Remaining Finalists – 2 000€ each

Every participant admitted to and performing in Stage 2 but not admitted to Stage 3 (Finals) will receive 500€.

The Maria Fołtyn Prize for the Best Performance of a Stanisław Moniuszko Piece – 8 000€

The Prize for the Best Performance of a Mieczysław Weinberg’s Song – 2 000€

The Prize for the Best Pianist (born not earlier than on 6 May 1984) – 1 500€

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

The Carlo Maria Giulini Prize awarded in male and female category separately – $5 000

Prize in memory of Carlo Maria Giulini, for a performance of profound musical expression drawing on the essence of humanity.

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

More special prizes will be announced in due course.

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