The VIII Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition 2019

Competitions Singing2019
Deadline: 30/11/2018
Location: Helsinki
Disciplines: Singing
From: 20/05/2019 To: 29/05/2019
Age limit: men - under 31, women - under 29

The VIII Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition will again be bringing the best young vocal talents to Helsinki on May 20-29, 2019. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2018.

Interested candidates are invited to apply through the competition website at

The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition counts among the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the world. It has a reputation for being one of the leading international singing competitions, and many of its former prizewinners, such as Olaf BärElīna GarančaRené PapeAndrea Rost and Julia Lezhneva have later risen to the top of the world of singing. Designed for outstanding young singers, it is known for its high standard, its exacting repertoire, its superb prizes and its prestigious Jury.

The competition is organised once every five years by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

The Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) is giving the Competition wide media coverage: streamed at yle.fi/klassinen, on radio and TV, and recorded at Yle Areena. All channels can be accessed worldwide both during and after the event.

 

Rules

 

GENERAL

 

1. The Finnish Cultural Foundation is organising the eighth Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki, Finland, on 20–29 May 2019. There will be two categories: one for women and one for men.

2. The competition is open, regardless of nationality, to women born in 1989 or later and men born in 1987 or later.

3. Applicants for this competition undertake to abide by the competition rules, the regulations on performance and the decisions of the Jury, and to refrain from all professional engagements or duties during the competition.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

 

4. Singers wishing to enter the competition must apply online using the application form at mirjamhelin.fi by November 30, 2018. The application form must be accompanied by a quality recording with both image and sound for the pre-selection procedure.

The application form, its attachments and other notifica­tions mentioned later in the rules must reach the Competition Office by the dates indicated. Applications that are incomplete or that do not reach the Competition Office by the date specified will not be considered.

5. Should the number of participants have to be restricted, adjudicators nominated by the Competition Committee will carry out a pre-selection procedure on the basis of the received application documentation and recordings. Applicants selected for the competition will be informed in writing by January 25, 2019.

6. Amendments to the repertoire stated by the applicant will be accepted up to February 8, 2019.

7. Participants accepted for the competition must register in person with the Competition Secretariat between 2 and 5 pm on May 18, 2019 and be present at 6 pm for the ballot for the order of performance.

 

SHEET MUSIC

 

8. The following regulations apply to competitors without their own pianist:

a) Clear and easily legible sheet music must be provided for the official competition pianist.

b) In special cases the Competition Committee may request that the music be submitted in advance for preliminary study.

9. The scores and parts required by the orchestra will be provided by the Competition Committee. If the work with orchestral accompaniment chosen by the competitor has no publisher, or if the work is not generally obtainable, the competitor must on request send the orches­tral scores and parts to the Competition Committee by 8 February 2019.

10. A competitor who intends to perform unpublished works or ones outside the standard European repertoire must bring a copy of the music for the Jury.

11. Any queries should be addressed to the Secretariat.

 

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

 

12. The competition will be divided into three rounds:

‑ Preliminary round 20–23 May 2019

‑ Semifinals 25–26 May 2019

‑ Finals 29 May 2019

13. Sixteen to twenty competitors will be selected in the Preliminary round to take part in the Semifinals. Eight semifinalists will be selected for the Finals.

14. The order of performance decided by ballot for the Preliminary round will be the same in each round of the competition.

15. Any competitor who is not ready to appear at the allotted time may be disqualified. A singer who falls ill during the competition may be allowed to sing at a later stage during the round in question, on production of a certificate from the Competition Doctor.

16. A competitor wishing to leave the Helsinki region while still taking part in the competition must seek the permission of the Competition Secretary.

17. The Competition Committee will place a pianist at the disposal of each competitor. Each competitor is entitled to one rehearsal (maximum 60 minutes) before the Preliminary round and to one before the Semifinals. The finalists will be entitled to one orchestral rehearsal on the day before the Finals. Any additional rehearsals must be arranged and paid for by the competitor.

 

REPERTOIRE

 

18. Each competitor must enter his/her competition repertoire on the application form. The Competition Secretariat must be informed of any changes to the repertoire. The repertoire cannot be changed after 8 February 2019.

19. Competition repertoire

Preliminary round

 

1. An aria from a passion, oratorio, mass or cantata composed before 1760.

2. Two solo songs, of which at least one must be a Lied sung in German.

3. An opera or concert aria.

Each competitor will have a maximum of 20 minutes at his/her disposal.

Semifinals

 

1. A song by a Finnish composer.

2. A group of solo songs (lasting 15–20 minutes).

3. An opera or concert aria.

Each competitor will have a maximum of 30 minutes at his/her disposal.

 

Finals

 

Two works with orchestral accompaniment, of which at least one must be an opera, oratorio, cantata or concert aria.

Each competitor will have a maximum of 20 minutes at his/her disposal.

The group of solo songs in the Semifinals may, for example, consist of an entity comprising a song cycle or part of one, a group of songs by one composer, or a group of songs by different composers but having a common topic. The songs must be ones composed specifically for voice and piano or arranged by the composer him/herself for voice and piano.

20. The competitor’s repertoire must include works sung in at least three languages. No piece may appear twice in the competitor’s repertoire.

 

RULES FOR PERFORMANCE

 

21. In each round, each competitor will perform his/her entire programme without interruption.

22. Each competitor will decide the order of his/her pieces. The indicated maximum duration must not be exceeded.

23. All the competition pieces, including the oratorio arias, must be performed from memory. All arias must be sung in the original key or in a commonly used transposition. Solo songs may be transposed. All songs must be performed in the original language, except for those by Finnish composers, which may be sung in translation.

24. The Jury may, regardless of Rule 21, request a competitor to repeat a piece already performed.

25. All the competition events will be open to the public. The audience is required to observe any instructions announced at the beginning of each competition event.

 

ADJUDICATION PROCEDURE

 

26. The competition will be adjudged according to the principles and procedures laid down in the regula­tions for the Competition Jury, approved by the Competition Committee.

27. In choosing the finalists and in adjudicating the Finals, the overall impression given by each competitor in all the rounds will be taken into account.

28. The decisions of the Jury will be final.

 

PRIZES

 

29. An honorary diploma will be awarded to all the finalists and a diploma to all the semifinalists. The value of the prizes is as follows:

 

                     Women            Men

I                    €30,000         €30,000

II                   €25,000         €25,000

III                 €15,000         €15,000

IV                 €10,000        €10,000

 

A prize of €3,000 will also be awarded for the best performance by non-Finnish singer of a Finnish song.

The Jury reserves the right to distribute the prizes differently.

30. The Jury may also award other prizes approved by the Competition Committee.

31 The prize-giving ceremony will be held after the Finals on the same evening. Each prize-winner must be present to receive his/her prize in person.

32. A Prize-winners’ Concert at which all the finalists will sing will be held on 31 May 2019. The Competition Committee may also request other competitors to appear. The programme for the concert will be selected by the Competition Committee from the competitors’ repertoires.

 

OTHER RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

33. The competition organisers have unlimited rights to transmit and record content and to broadcast competition performances on TV, radio, the Internet and other data networks without any payment to the competitors or their pianists.

The organisers or a third party agreed by them also reserve the right to archive and disclose details of the competitors and to broadcast their competition performances on TV, radio and the Internet with no time or country restrictions. Competitors will not be sent recordings of their performances.

34. Competitors eliminated in the Preliminary round or Semifinals will be given a chance to discuss their results with members of the Jury.

35. Any competitor who fails to abide by these rules and regulations may be disqualified from the competition.

36. The original language of these rules is Finnish. Any disputes will be decided by reference to the original Finnish text.

 

Competition Programme

 

Preliminary Round (performance duration max. 20 minutes)

– An aria from a passion, oratorio, mass or cantata composed before 1760.

– Two solo songs, of which at least one must be a Lied sung in German.

– An opera or concert aria.

 

Semifinals (performance duration max. 30 minutes)

– A song by a Finnish composer.

– A group of solo songs (lasting 15‑20 minutes).

– An opera or concert aria.

 

Finals (performance duration max. 20 minutes)

Two works with orchestral accompaniment, of which at least one must be an opera, oratorio, cantata or concert aria.

The group of solo songs in the Semifinals may, for example, consist of an entity comprising a song cycle or part of one, a group of songs by one composer, or a group of songs by different composers but having a common topic. The songs must be ones composed specifically for voice and piano or arranged by the composer him/herself for voice and piano.

The competition repertoire must be performed from memory and must contain works in a minimum of three different languages. Works performed during a previous round may not be repeated.

In the Preliminary and Semifinals, the competitors may make use of the services of their own or the competition pianist. The finalists will be accompanied by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.

 

Competition Schedule

 

18 May 2019 at 2-5 pm Competitors register at Competition Office
Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13 A

18 May 2019 at 6 pm Draw for order of performance
Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13 A

20–23 May 2019 at 11 am and 6 pm Preliminary Round
Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13 A

22 May at 4.30 pm Singers’ Studio
Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13 A
Admission free

25–26 May 2019 at 11 am and 6 pm Semifinals
Helsinki Music Centre Concert Hall, Mannerheimintie 13 A

27–28 May 2014 at 2 pm Master Classes
Helsinki Music Centre Camerata Hall, Mannerheimintie 13 A
Admission free

29 May 2019 at 6 pm Competition final
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor
Helsinki Music Centre Concert Hall, Mannerheimintie 13 A

31 May 2019 at 7 pm Prizewinners’ Concert

Tickets

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Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Hannu Lintu

 

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) is the orchestra of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). Its mission is to produce and promote Finnish musical culture and its Chief Conductor as of autumn 2013 is Hannu Lintu.

The Radio Orchestra of ten players founded in 1927 grew to symphony orchestra strength in the 1960s. Its previous Chief Conductors have been Toivo Haapanen, Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Paavo Berglund, Okko Kamu, Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Sakari Oramo. The FRSO has two Honorary Conductors: Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Sakari Oramo.
The latest contemporary music is a major item in the repertoire of the FRSO, which each year premieres a number of Yle commissions. Another of the orchestra’s tasks is to record all Finnish orchestral music for the Yle archive. During the 2014/2015 season it will premiere four Finnish works commissioned by Yle.
The FRSO has recorded works by Ligeti, Eötvös, Nielsen, Hakola, Lindberg, Saariaho, Sallinen, Kaipainen, Kokkonen and others, and the debut disc of the opera Aslak Hetta by Armas Launis. Its discs have reaped some major distinctions, such as the BBC Music Magazine Award, the Académie Charles Cros Award and the MIDEM Classical Award.
The FRSO regularly tours to all parts of the world. During the 2014/2015 season it will be visiting Stockholm and Moscow as well as under the baton of Hannu Lintu. All the FRSO concerts both in Finland and abroad are broadcast, usually live, on Yle Radio 1. They can also be heard and watched with excellent live stream quality on the FRSO website (yle.fi/rso)