About the Competition The Queen Sonja International Music Competition is one of the world’s leading voice competitions. It takes place every two years in Oslo, and is open for singers from around 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. Singers of all nationalities may apply to take part of 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 H.M. Queen Sonja. The next competition will take place 13 – 23 August 2019.