The preliminary audition is based on video-recordings of 2 opera arias (scenes) lasting for a total of 15 minutes.
All Competition performances are public.
The Competition performance order is defined by the draw and kept till the end of the Competition.
The Competition consists of three rounds.
The I and the II Rounds are held at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre.
The I Round is for the contestant to perform two opera arias of the repertoire accompanied by piano.
The II Round is for the contestant to perform two opera arias (one of which should be Russian) accompanied by piano.
The III Round is for the contestants to perform two opera arias or scenes accompanied by a symphony orchestra.
All musical pieces are performed in the original language and key.
All the participants are to provide the scores of their chosen programmes.
The Competition provides the contestants with accompanists for the I and II Rounds free of charge; the contestants are also allowed to perform with their own accompanists (the accompanist’s accommodation and other expenses are not covered by the Competition).