The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2021
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 was moved to later this year.
The 2021 competition experiencied considerable international attention, which was reflected in the large amount of applications and the many nations represented among our applicants. 501 singers from 63 different countries applied for this year's competition. 43 singers from 21 countries were invited to take part in the live and online preliminary rounds.
The preliminary rounds were held 14 - 15 August. 40 singers from 21 nations performed live, with their own pianist, from self-chosen locations. The singers were spread around the world, within eight time zones.
The preliminary rounds were streamed live to the competition's YouTube channel.
The semi-final will also be held live and online, on 24 October. 12 singers from 8 nations will perform live, with their own pianist, from self-chosen locations. The singers are spread around the world within six time zones.
The semi-final will be livestreamed to the competition's YouTube channel. The livestream will be shown on a big screen in the Lindeman Hall in Oslo, with an audience. During the breaks, industry representatives will participate in panel discussions.
The final concert will be held on 20 November in the Grieg Hall in Bergen. Six singers will perform operatic arias and duets, accompanied by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The evening's conductor is Sir Mark Elder and Mari Lunnan is the compère. The concert will be livestreamed and broadcast to NRK Klassisk.