The 9th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition

Dublin, Ireland | 25th – 31st January 2019

The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition is a triennial international competition which next takes place in January 2016 under the aegis of the Friends of the Vocal Arts, a non-for-profit charitable body. The Chairman is Diarmuid Hegarty, President of Griffith College Dublin and Dr. Veronica Dunne herself is the Artistic Director. It has been built into a competition of global significance, and is now established as an Irish musical event of international standing, which offers a flagship global stage for the encouragement and development of Irish and international vocal talent. In 2011 the Competition became a member of the Federation of World Competitions.

The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition was inaugurated in 1995 to honour the lifetime’s work of Dr. Veronica Dunne, Ireland’s Grande Dame of singing. Ireland is known throughout the world as a land of song, and in the classical and operatic field, this is in no small measure due to the unique and dedicated teaching of Dr. Dunne. Dame Joan Sutherland was one of the adjudicators for the first competition, which was won by Orla Boylan. Orla now enjoys a hugely successful international career, along with subsequent prizewinners including Irish mezzo soprano, Tara Erraught, New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill, South African sopranos Pumeza Matshikiza and Sarah-Jane Brandon, 2013 first prizewinner, American soprano Nadine Sierra and 2016 first prizewinner, Egyptian soprano, Fatma Said.

The Competition takes place over a week in January at the National Concert Hall, Dublin with the Final in the main auditorium of the Concert Hall with full symphony orchestra. All four rounds take place in front of a distinguished international jury. The age limit for both men and women is 32 years of age as of January 1st 2019.

We will be holding live auditions in the following cities in Autumn 2018: (there may be more to be announced at a later time)

  • Milan
  • Munich
  • New York
  • London
  • Paris
  • Dublin

If unable to attend a live audition, video-links are to be submitted as part of the online application, as detailed in the form below. The Competition will be in four rounds:

  • Preliminary Round, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January 2019
  • Quarter Final, Sunday 26th January 2019
  • Semi Final, Monday, 28th , Tuesday 29th January 2019
  • Final, with full Symphony Orchestra, Thursday 31st January 2019 at 7.30pm in the National Concert Hall, Dublin

The conductor for the Final will be internationally acclaimed conductor, Laurent Wagner


    1st Prize €10,000
    2nd Prize €5,000
    3rd Prize €4,000
    4th Prize €3,000
    5th Prize €2,000
    6th Prize €1,000

  • The Wil Keune Prize of €1,000, presented by his wife, Jane Carty, for the best performance of a Mozart aria in any round of the Competition.
  • The Oratorio Prize of €500, in memory of William Young, presented by his wife, Alison, for the best performance of an oratorio aria in any round of the Competition
  • The Dermot Troy Prize of €500 for the best Irish singer.
  • Each of the semifinalists not to reach the Final will receive €500.

Jury confirmed to date:

Ms. Jane Carty, (Chair)

Ms Orla Boylan, internationally acclaimed soprano and first winner of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, 1995
Mr. Richard Bonynge, internationally acclaimed conductor

Mr. John Gilhooly, Director, Wigmore Hall, London
Mr. James Vaughan, Recitalist, Head Coach, Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Ms. Evamaria Wieser, Artistic Administrator, Salzburg Festival; European Casting Consultant, Lyric Opera of Chicago