An opportunity of a lifetime

Participation in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition offers young artists a valuable kick-start to their careers.

Queen Sonja Singing Competition



First Prize € 50.000
Second Prize € 10.000
Third Prize € 5.000
Two Finalist Prizes € 1.500
Lied Prize € 1.500

The Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship (to the best Norwegian participant) kr 100.000
The prizewinners also receive artwork made by HM Queen Sonja, and are offered soloist engagements in QSIMC’ prizewinner concerts. Participants and prizewinners may be offered concert engagements with international orchestras and opera houses.

Previous participants’ experience with the Competition

Several previous participants can document a significant career development following the Competition. Here’s what our three last First Prize winners have to say about their experience with the Competition:

The Competition was an important and rewarding experience. I highly recommend it!

Seungju Mario Bahg (tenor, South Korea), First Prize winner 2017

A fantastic learning experience. Unforgettable!

Lise Davidsen (soprano, Norway), First Prize winner 2015

The competition in Oslo opened many doors and gave me new opportunities.

Kristina Mkhitaryan (soprano, Russia), First Prize winner 2013

Applications for the 2019 Competition are welcome from all singers born after 1 January 1987 and the application window is open between 15 February and 1 April 2019.

5-6 exceptional singers will be selected to perform in the final concert at the spectacular Norwegian National Opera & Ballet on Oslo’s waterfront. International agents, artist managers, casting directors, opera directors and other music industry representatives are invited to attend the concert. HM Queen Sonja will award the prizes.

Application deadline: 1 April 2019

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