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Here are our 12 semi-finalists!

39 singers from 19 nations have participated in the competition’s preliminary rounds 14th and 15th August. The preliminary rounds were held digitally, and the singers joined the audition across 8 different time zones in a live streaming.

The competition's jury has chosen 12 singers who will proceed to the semifinals 24th October.


The list of participants is ready

We are so proud to present the participants of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2021! 501 singer from 63 nations applied to take part of this years Competition. 43 singers from 21 nations have been selected to participate in the digital preliminary rounds.


An update on the 2021 competition

While the world is in a global pandemic, The Queen Sonja International Music Competition is still aiming to host a sparkling competition in 2021. To accommodate for the ongoing travel restrictions in Norway and on other parts of the world, the competition dates have been moved to later this year.  


Record-high number of applicants

A fantastic number of 501 singers from 63 nations have applied to take part in this year's Competition. 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.


Welcome to the 2021 competition

Welcome to the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2021! From the 10th to the 20th 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 royal enthusiast

The Queen Sonja International Music Competition is blessed with the strong involvement and enthusiasm of Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway.



Prize-winner concert in Bergen

Thursday 3 October, seven of the competition's prize-winners will gather for an Opera Gala in Bergen, accompanied by Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Evan Rogister.


A league of talents

Our young singers will bring our musical heritage in to a new age, in a rapidly changing world. Thank you ever so much for your dedication. The world needs you!


The winners are announced!

Six finalists rounded off the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2019 with breath taking performances at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. Baritone Sergey Kaydalov (27) from Russia won tonight's grand first prize.


– A hothouse of emotions

The Director of Opera at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Annilese Miskimmon, is certain that competitions are highlights in a young singer’s life – however emotionally chaotic it may be. 


Welcome to QSIMC 2019

Dear participants and audience,
It is a great pleasure for us to welcome you to the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2019! 

Audience Programme 2019

From 13 August, the most promising acts of international opera will be in Oslo for a ten-day celebration of the arts. You are hereby invited!


testbeskrivelse The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Photo: Christopher Hagelund Photo: Sølve Sundsbø, Det kongelige hoff
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