The largest vocal competition, master class and audition for young singers in the Carpathian Basin will be held for the second time in Oradea, a city with significant musical history

Musicum Laude, a prestigious voice competition and master class for young singers, will be held for the second time in Oradea in 2024. Following its successful debut in 2021, the event brings together talented young singers and prominent leaders from the music industry again.

Applications for this year’s Musicum Laude voice competition are open from May 9th to June 27th. The attendance phase of the competition will take place from July 13-23, 2024, when university students (18-26 years old) and young singers (27-38 years old) will compete in three different genres: Song, Oratorio and Opera. The competition is open to applicants in a total of three age groups.  A separate category was announced for the youngest (15-20 years old, who do not yet have music higher education student status).

Musicum Laude is an exceptional opportunity for young and experienced performers alike. An event that celebrates talent, passion for singing and love of music. The organizers invited Ioan Holender, world-famous opera manager, one of the greatest internationally recognized figures in opera life and former director of the Vienna Staatsoper, to chair the competition, whose presence is the highest professional guarantee. The jury includes other leading international representatives of the music scene, opera singer stars, casting directors, outstanding directors and conductors. The professional background of the competition is provided by the teachers and students of the Voice Department of Partium Christian University.

“I’m looking for talents, special voices that can be shown to the world, and I’m trying to show them first,” says Gergely Kesselyák, Franz Liszt Prize-winning conductor and opera director, who is also one of the members of the jury.

The voice, the pure talent given to us by God is the most important thing in this competition, and we support this miracle. Thus, it is also a symposium that gives a chance for “great encounters” between master and student, opera house and soloist, singer and manager. This is the greatest help for an aspiring singer.” – says Levente Molnár, Franz Liszt Prize-winning opera singer, meritorious artist and creator of the competition.

The top performers can expect significant prizes and opportunities to perform in the €30,000 competition.

During the ten days of the event, participants will have an exceptional opportunity to learn through master classes, build relationships – even reach the biggest stages – thanks to the illustrious company of the jury.

The audience will be able to follow the performances of the contestants during the semi-finals, the final and the gala, and listen to future opera stars at one of their first public appearances.

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