Press Release: Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition 2018

The first singing competition of its kind in Hong Kong is accepting application

Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition 2018

The first singing competition of its kind in Hong Kong is accepting application


As classical music continues to thrive and blossom in the cultural exposure provided in Hong Kong, there is a need to further foster and celebrate this overshadowed development. Undeniably, an increasing number of competitions and festivals are set up for instrumentalists, which resulted in a yearning need for another specialised platform to accommodate the singers. As Hong Kong has always been the hub of Asia, Australia and further abroad, there is no other better place to gather singing talents from around the world and establish the connections between people.

Our goals at Musica Viva are to promote performing arts of creative originality in their various forms and genres, in particular the appreciation, study, education and performance of music, opera and vocal art, as well as to create opportunities for creative and professional career development for budding artists. And for these purposes, we are proudly announcing the establishment of the Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition, the first major competition of its kind to take place in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

International Jury

We are honoured to present our distinguished jury panel for the competition. These are five of the most prominent international singers, educators and opera producers of this generation from around the world and they are specifically chosen to identify and promote the very best young talents participating in our competition. They are Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Madam Sumi Jo, Professor Dennis O’Neill, Mr Peter Katona and Professor Lo Kingman.


Four prizes may be awarded in our competition and the first prize is an USD 15,000 cash prize, a Gold Medal, a Diploma of Distinction and a contract for a role in a Musica Viva opera production and/or a solo part in a concert performance. The cash prizes and medals are generously sponsored by Chow Sang Sang.


The Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition 2018 is open to young professional artists of all nationalities. Applicants must be born within the period of 1 July 1983 to 30 June 2000, both dates inclusive. Prize winners at other competitions are eligible to apply. The closing date for application has been extended to the 28th of February of 2018. An application fee of USD70 or the equivalent amount must be paid via PayPal, credit card online or by bank transfer on the day of submission.

Travel and expanses

All semi-finalists will be required to arrive in Hong Kong no later than 28 June 2018. Competitors should arrange and fund their own transportation to and from Hong Kong. Free lodging and transport subsidies for competition related activities during the competition period will be provided by the organiser.

Selection Progress

24 singers will be chosen to admit the to the Semi-Final Stage. Each semi-finalist will perform in one of the three public concerts scheduled to be held on 29 and 30 June 2018 at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall. The programme of operatic arias should last between 10-12 minutes with piano accompaniment. 10 finalists will be announced by the international jury at the last concert.

The Final Stage is scheduled to be held on the 2 July in the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall. The 10 finalists will perform in a public concert with orchestral accompaniment. The programme of operatic arias should last between 12-20 minutes. Specific programme selection and repertory rules apply for both stages.

For further information and specific rules of the competition, please go to the official competition website or contact us on Concerts, masterclasses, public lectures are scheduled and will be open to public. Ticket reservation will be available in due course, please check our website for further information.

This is an exhilarating moment for classical music in Asia and we wish to meet every one of you as participants, listeners, learners… while you are experiencing and supporting the competition and other programmes we have tailored for you. And most importantly, to celebrate the incredible talents in music making.

Notes to Editor

For further press information please contact:

Roy Cheung – Production Assistant


Tel: +852 2548 4180

Musica Viva

Musica Viva Limited, founded in October 2008, is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the performing arts with particular emphasis on the nurturing and development of young talents in music. Its founding members are a group of keen supporters of the performing arts, who have extensive experience offering advice on developmental, outreach and educational aspects in the field at policy-making level.