About the Competition The Queen Sonja International Music Competition is one of the world’s leading voice competitions. It takes place every second year in Oslo, and is open for singers from all over the world. The main goal of the Competition is to assist the career development of talented young singers. It also acts as a bridge builder between the Norwegian and international music scenes. The Competition’s institutional partners include The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and The Royal Court. All singers under the age of 33 may apply to take part. Several participants for each competition are also nominated by the Competition’s collaborating opera academies. Through several rounds, a jury consisting of internationally renowned opera directors, singers and casting associates from some of the world's top opera houses judge the participants' efforts. Each competition culminates in a grand final concert and prize-giving ceremony with H.M. Queen Sonja. The next competition will take Place 8 – 18 August 2017, with 40 singers from 20 different countries.