Rules of the Competition 2016


  1. The Competition is open to singers of all nationalities.

  2. The Competition is open to all singers from 20 to 32 years. Age to be taken as of 1st January 2016.

  3. There is a non-refundable application fee of €100 payable online as part of the application form.

  4. Repertoire for live auditions / Video: Two contrasting arias for own choice, not to exceed 10 minutes. These arias can be repeated in the Competition itself, should the competitor be successful in being accepted.

  5. Competition Rounds

    Preliminary Round: Competitors to sing 2 operatic arias, not to exceed 10 minutes in total.

    Quarter Final: Competitors to sing another 2 operatic arias, not to exceed 10 minutes in total.

    Semi Final: Competitors to sing a programme, not to exceed 15 minutes in total, which must include 2 operatic arias, not already performed in previous rounds. The remainder of the programme is at the discretion of the competitor.

    Final: Competitors to sing a programme of 3 operatic arias with orchestra not to exceed 16 minutes in total. One of these arias must be an aria which the Competitor has NOT performed in a previous round. The second aria is the competitor's choice and may have been performed in a previous round. NOTE: The third aria will be chosen by the jury from previously performed arias.

    NB: Operetta Arias are not accepted. Competitor singing Operetta Arias will be disqualified.

  6. All arias and songs must be performed from memory and in the original language. Arias must be sung in the original key. Scores are permitted for oratorio arias. No duplication of arias or songs is permitted in the submitted programmes, with the exception of the Final as explained above.

  7. All Competitors must provide 3 copies of their music, 1 for the accompanist and 2 for the Jury.

  8. Strict adherence to time limits must be observed.

  9. The order of the performances will be determined by ballot.

  10. Competitors who are not available to perform when called upon to do so by the Jury may be disqualified.

  11. The decisions of the Jury will be final and beyond appeal and the Jury may award or withhold any prize as deemed fit.

  12. The First Prize cannot be tied.

  13. The winner of the Competition contracts to perform at a gala concert organised by the Singing Competiton within 2 years of the Final. This will be a paid engagement.

  14. Rights to any Competition performance, whether broadcast, televised, recorded or filmed, belong to the Competition. No fee is payable on account of these performances or any recordings, broadcasts, transmissions or film.

  15. Official accompanists will be available and rehearsal times will be arranged with them. Competitors may bring their own accompanist.

  16. Competitors must pay their own expenses. Free accommodation in private houses will be offered to competitors only for the duration of their participation in the Competition. Eliminated Competitors wishing to remain in Dublin will be responsible for their own accommodation. For hotel accommodation, please see www.vdiscompetition.com for information about special deals closer to the time of the Competition.

  17. Thirty (30) Competitors will be admitted to the Quarter Final.
    Sixteen (16) Competitors will be admitted to the Semi-Final.
    Six (6) Competitors will be admitted to the Final.
    The Jury reserves the right to alter these numbers at its discretion.