VIII Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition October 2020

About the competition

The Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition was first held in Moscow in 2006 by the initiative of the legendary Russian singer and right off came into spotlight as a major Russian and international music culture event. The concept behind the Competition is to give the young aspiring singers a chance to prove themselves opera artists; therefore the program includes only the opera repertoire.
The Competition is established by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Department of Culture of the City of Moscow and by the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre. The Founders and the Organizing Committee has stated the Competition for young singers is to take place in Moscow every second year.





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).


The Competition provides the I Round contestants with the following:
– hotel accommodation
– meals through the Competition in the canteen of the Opera Centre

The participants who have not managed to pass to the II or the III Round as well as their vocal coaches and pianists may stay in Moscow at their own expense.



The following documents should be attached:

The participants admitted to the I Round shall arrive to Moscow upon invitation, which is sent within 25 days prior to the Competition start.




The Vishnevskaya Centre is known for the high quality of its performances and advanced training of its singers. This is one of the few places where you can actually understand what they are singing and follow the plot. All the singers go through a course of speech training among other classes. That is why even as students, the Centre’s singers are in-demand by various opera theatres and festivals. One of the latest examples is the latest production of the opera, “Boris Godunov”.

“Boris Godunov”, presented by the Royal Opera Vallonia (city of Liege, Belgium) and the Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, became one of the major highlights of the opera festival in Santander in Spain last summer. The core singers of this production were from the Vishnevskaya Centre along with other Moscow and St.Petersburg theatres. Several performances were also held in Liege, Belgium.
“The performance ended being a success. And so I decided to stage it at my Centre,” comments Galina Vishnevskaya. “Modest Mussorgsky is my favourite composer. It is incredible how such a genius could have been born at that time. This opera allows young singers to immerse themselves in this genius’s work; they most likely will not have such a chance in any other theatre over the next few years. Each act requires real emotions and advanced singing technics and should be prepared in the classroom before the singer fine tunes it with the director. We have a great group of people working on this production: Ivan Popovsky, the director, who already staged several productions at my Centre, and Valery Levental, a brilliant scene-designer who I worked with at the Bolshoi.

“You asked me why foreigners should come to our performance. I will tell you that ‘Boris Godunov’ is the most famous opera ever since Feodor Chalyapin’s time when Sergey Dyagilev organized his famous annual Russian performances, known as the Russian Seasons Abroad, in France. I welcome everyone to see our latest production of this immortal opera.”

1 April 2011