The competition is organised as a foundation. Its institutional partners are the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and The Royal Court.
Singers of all nationalities may apply to take part in the competition. Upper age limit is 32 years. 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 HM Queen Sonja.
The next competition will take place 13 – 20 August 2021. The preliminary rounds will be held digitally in June 2021.