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At home on the stage

For 2013 winner Kristina Mkhitaryan, The Queen Sonja International Music Competition was an important stepping stone in her burgeoning career as a professional opera singer. She talked to us about conquering nerves, her love of Norway, and the importance of a good meal.

A very special week

The Queen Sonja International Music Competition aims to be a door opener for young talents to the world's opera stages. This spring four previous competitors were among the cast of The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet's critically acclaimed La Traviata. Here two of them, Audun Iversen and Caroline Christensen, tell us what effect the the Competition has had on their careers. 

It's not just about "pretty singing"

The screening jury has once again had the very challenging task of choosing this year's contestants. "The trend from the last Competition has intensified, and we saw a large group of well qualified applicants", says jury leader Svein Bjørkøy.

Application update

Whilst we are still keeping the final list of participants secret for a little while longer, we are very pleased to announce that this year’s Competition received applications from 211 singers from as many as 42 countries.

Young opera voices of the world

A celebration of opera excellence: The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia present a selection of previous prize winners and singers from some of our collaborating International Young Artist Programs. Hosted by the Bolshoi Theatre.

The 2015 Jury is complete!

We are once again proud and happy to present a competent and prestigious jury for the next Queen Sonja International Music Competition, which will take place in Oslo, 11-21 August this year.

Talents and careers

We are constantly working to expose and support talents, mainly singers. Yet it is not only the stage that requires top achievements to arouse enthusiasm and applause.  

The Competition in 2015

The next Queen Sonja International Music Competition takes place in Oslo, Norway, from 12–21 August 2015. We are now open for online applications, and the deadline is 1 April 2015

"The Competition opened many doors and gave me new opportunities. Recommended!" 
Kristina Mkhitaryan, soprano (Russia), First Prize Winner 2013 (photo)

Prize winners 2013

Her Majesty Queen Sonja awarded the prizes after the final concert at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, 23 August, 2013, and we congratulate Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan with the first prize. Second and third prize were awarded to tenor Andrew Stenson, USA, and soprano Mélissa Petit, France, respectively. Hamida M. Kristoffersen was awarded Ingrid Bjoner’s grant to the best Norwegian participant, as well as the prize for the best interpretation of Norwegian music.