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The Savonlinna Opera Festival Patrons’ Association will hold the II International Singing Competition in Savonlinna on July 24-29, 2012. There will be one category, open to men and women of all nationalities born in or after 1982.

The original copy of the signed entry form must reach the Competition Secretariat by March 31, 2012, at
The International Singing Competition, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Olavinkatu 27, FI-57130 Savonlinna, Finland.

The signed application form must be accompanied by the following documents:

• a copy of the applicant’s passport or some other official proof of identity
• an account (not more than one page) of the applicant’s musical studies and concert experience
• any references and major reviews
• a DVD (DVD+/-, not DVD +/- rw) of two opera arias
• a photograph (measuring at least 9 x 12 cm) of the applicant. The photo may alternatively be sent by email as a jpg file to henna.karjalainen@operafestival.fi
The DVD must not be edited. The place and date of the recording must be marked on the DVD. Neither the application form nor the enclosures will be returned. Application forms sent by telefax or email will not be accepted; nor will application forms that lack any of the above enclosures or that reach the Competition Secretariat later than March 31, 2012.

A total of 30 singers will be selected for the first round. The Competition Committee will make a preliminary selection based on the application documents and DVDs. Applicants will be informed of whether they have been selected by April 30, 2012.

All the contestants in the first round will be provided with free bed and breakfast at a summer hotel in Savonlinna from July 23 to July 27 and the finalists also from July 27 to July 30, 2012. Each contestant will pay his or her own travelling expenses to Savonlinna and back. Any contestants requiring a visa for Finland must obtain it themselves.

The first round will be with piano accompaniment. Contestants may use the Competition’s official accompanist. Before the first round contestants will have the right to a rehearsal lasting one hour with the accompanist. Contestants may, if they wish, bring their own accompanist at their own expense.

The order of performance in the competition will be decided by lot in Savonlinna at 10 am on July 23, 2012. Each contestant must personally attend the draw. The order of performance in the finals may have to be changed for reasons of expediency.


There will be two rounds in the Competition (a first round and finals), both public events. The order of the items to be performed is optional in both the first round and the finals.

The first round will be held in Savonlinna on July 24-26, 2012. Not more than 30 contestants will be accepted for the first round.

Repertoire: The contestant’s performance in the first round must last not longer than 10 minutes. It must include one aria from an opera by W.A. Mozart and an aria of the contestant’s own choice. Piano accompaniment.

The finals will be held in Olavinlinna Castle on July 29, 2012. Six contestants will be selected for the finals.

Repertoire: The contestant’s performance in the finals must last not longer than 10 minutes. It must consist of two opera arias of the contestant’s own choice, but they may not be the same as in the first round. The contestants will be accompanied in the finals by the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra.

The Competition Jury will consist of a Chairman and five other members. The Chairman of the Jury will be Jari Hämäläinen. The other members will be announced at the beginning of 2012.


I prize €20,000 (The Lord and Lady Laidlaw Prize)
II prize €10,000
III prize € 5,000
IV-VI prizes € 1,000 each

The Jury has the right to divide the prizes in some other way. Special prizes may also be awarded.

The competition organisers will have unlimited rights to broadcast and record, video tape, televise, film and produce recordings and discs of the Competition performances and to present excerpts from the Competition performances on the Internet and other data networks for no fee to the contestants and their accompanists..

The original language of these Rules is Finnish. Any disagreements will be settled according to the Finnish text.