The 2019 Competition From the 13th to the 23rd of August 2019, Oslo will again host 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. The Competition is experiencing considerable international attention, which is reflected in the large amount of applications and the many nations represented among our applicants. 304 singers from 50 different countries applied for this year's Competition. The Competition aims to help talents to a future career. The participants are, among other things, offered career guidance in our career advisement session with opera directors, casting directors, agents and PR expertise. QSIMC prizewinners also achieve engagements at Norwegian and international music scenes. In addition to the final concert at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, the Competition programme includes an Opening Ceremony in Oslo City Hall, preliminary rounds, semifinal, masterclasses in stagecraft and vocal technique and a concert with the French soprano Mélissa Petit, who won the Third Prize in the 2013 Competition. The Competition's preliminary rounds and semifinal take place at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and all rounds are open to the public. The rounds will also be live streamed on our website, so that viewers from all over the world may keep up with the Competition. The masterclass with the internationally renowned opera director, and one of the jury members in this year's Competition, Stefan Herheim, and the career advisement session, will take place at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The masterclass with the internationally acclaimed soprano, and one of the jury members in this year's Competition, Sumi Jo, and the concert with Mélissa Petit, will take place at the beautiful Oscarshall Palace, hosted by HM Queen Sonja. Mari Lunnan will be the compère of the final concert at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. The concert will also be broadcast on NRK's channels. The finalists will be accompanied by the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Risto Joost. HM Queen Sonja awards the prizes, including the Queen's original artwork. The Competition also organizes an Opera Gala concert in Bergen, in collaboration with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the soloists are previous prizewinners of the Competition and prizewinners from this year's Competition.