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The 2019 competition


From the 13th to the 23rd of August 2019, Oslo hosted some of the world’s most talented young singers as they competed for a place in the grand finale at the stunning Norwegian Opera & Ballet.

When the international jury had cast their votes after the final concert, the calculations showed that the Russian baritone Sergey Kaydalov was the first prize winner of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2019. The German baritone Stefan Astakhov and the Polish baritone Adam Kutny won the second and third prizes, respectively. The finalist prizes went to soprano Meigui Zhang from China, soprano Natalia Tanasii from Moldova and tenor Theodore Browne from Germany. The award for best interpretation of Lied went to Stefan Astakhov, and Astrid Nordstad (mezzo-soprano, Norway) received the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship as the best Norwegian participant.

The 2019 competition experiencied considerable international attention, which was 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 were, among other things, offered career guidance in our career advisement session with opera directors, casting directors, agents and PR expertise. QSIMC prize-winners also achieve engagements at Norwegian and international music scenes. 

In addition to the final concert at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, the competition programme included an Opening Ceremony in Oslo City Hall, preliminary rounds, semi-final, masterclasses in vocal technique and a concert with the Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen, who was a finalist in the 2007 competition.

The competition's preliminary rounds and semi-final took place at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where all rounds were open to the public. The rounds were also streamed live on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, so that viewers from all over the world could keep up with the competition. 

The masterclass with the Russian baritone, and one of the jury members in this year's competition, Sergei Leiferkus, and the career advisement session, took place at the 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 Mari Eriksmoen, took place at beautiful Oscarshall Palace, hosted by HM Queen Sonja. 

Mari Lunnan was the compère of the final concert at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. The concert was also broadcasted on NRK's channels. The finalists were accompanied by the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Risto Joost. HM Queen Sonja awarded the prizes, including the Queen's original artwork.

The competition also organized an Opera Gala concert in Bergen, in collaboration with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the soloists were previous prize-winners of the competition and prize-winners from this year's competition.
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