VIII Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition  2021

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.



Galina Vishnevskaya VII International Opera Singers Competition

On June 7 2019, the final III round of the Galina Vishnevskaya VII International Opera Singers Competition was held at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater.
Olga Rostropovich, Chairman of the Jury, opened the prize-winners awarding ceremony with congratulations to the contestants and greetings and thanks to the friends and partners of the competition and, of course, the audience, who has supported and worried about young singers during for all these days.
Then, the results of Jury vote were announced.
Special prizes:
One year of study at the Galina Vshnevskaya Opera Centre free of charge — Ilia Kazakov;
Participation in the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre repertoire performance — Giorgi Chelidze;
Prize for the best Russian aria performance — went to Erika Baikoff (USA);
Audience Appreciation prize — Julia Muzychenko;
Prize for the Best Accompanist — Valery Gerasimov.
This year’s competition novelty: each member of the Jury had the opportunity to award his own special prize to the chosen singer.
For instance, the Casting director of the Washington Opera, Samuel Gelber, invited the contestant from South Korea Byeong Min Gil to audition, the singer also received an invitation to take part in a concert in Parma from Anna Maria Meo and in a performance at the Royal Opera of Liege from Stefano Mazzonis; 
Giorgi Chelidze was invited by Sebastian Schwarz to Malmö and by Christina Sheppelmann to Barcelona, as well as by Miguel Lerin who promised an audition for the singer in Spain. Badri Maysuradze is going to discuss a part in the performance of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater for Mongolian singer Badral Chuluunbaatar. The prize from casting director at  Hamburg Opera — Annette Weber, went to Julia Muzychenko.
Such proposals, of course, are precious to young performers.
After that, Olga Rostropovich has announced the winners of the Competition:
III prize — Palesa Malieloa (South Africa)
II prize — Badral Chuluunbaatar (Mongolia)
I prize and a golden medal went to Byeong Min Gil (South Korea)

7 June 2019