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Thank you to all applicants

A sparkling bouquet of 240 singers from 47 nations have applied to take part in this year's Competition in Oslo, 8 - 18 August. Thank you for choosing The Queen Sonja International Music Competition as your career partner. For us, this is an honour and a privilege. We wish every one of you the very best of luck.

Yulia Mazurova in the 2015 seminfinal. Photo: Marius Nyheim Kristoffersen.

Welcome to the 2017 Competition

​The dates for The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2017 are now confirmed! From the 8th to the 18th of August, Oslo will again play host to some of the world’s most talented young singers as they compete for a place in the grand finale at the stunning Norwegian Opera & Ballet.

Our Prize winners' career development

The Queen Sonja International Music Competition's main goal is to assist the career development of talented young singers. Since the beginning, the aim of the Competition has included creating an international arena for music in Norway, which could present young musicians and give them an opportunity to be assessed at an international level. 

QSIMC Prize winners take the stage in Oslo this season

We are very proud to announce that a number of QSIMC Prize winners are performing in Oslo this season. Two of our institutional partners, The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet and The Oslo Philharmonic, are hosting five of our First and Second Prize winners and one Finalist Prize winner. The QSIMC Prize winners will be in 47 performances of the productions listed below.


Randi Stene, mezzo soprano and QSIMC board member.

New board members

Stein Olav Henrichsen (Director of The Munch Museum) and Randi Stene (internationally renowned mezzo-soprano) have been elected as new board members for The Queen Sonja International Music Competition foundation.

Lise Davidsen, first prize winner 2015. Photo: Marius Nyheim Kristoffersen.

Happy New Year!

As 2015 comes to an end we can look back on a year of new opportunities and outstanding achievements for our fantastic singers. Here are some of our highlights from the past 12 months. We would like to wish all our singers, partners, audience and friends a very happy new year!

Lars Flæten, Executive Director. Photo: Camilla Storvollen

Thank you to everyone

"It is my privilege to extend a heartfelt and warm thank you to everybody involved in making this year's Competition such a great success. The list of thanks is very long, as the Competition is a result of an amazing and unique cooperative spirit, within the proud and beautiful landscape of music life in Norway". Executive Director Lars Hallvard Flæten

The semifinalists have been selected!

After two days of performances, the contestants have gone from 36 to 12.

"The quality of this year's contestants goes from great to excellent," says Chair of the Jury Sophie de Lint

A career boost

- The most important thing is to get across whatever it is that you want to convey. That is the advice that soprano Hamida Kristoffersen (27), from the remote island of Bjarkøy in Norway’s northern Troms region, would give to this year’s participants.


What could be more refreshing than meetings between singers simmering with artistic will and talent, and an expectant, critical and supportive audience? The stage is set for memorable musical moments these ten coming days!

Photo: Camilla Sophie Storvollen

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.

Photo: Camilla Storvollen

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.

Contestants 2015

The final list of contestants for The Queen Sonja International Music Competition is now complete, and we are very happy to be able to present it to the public. 

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.

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