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THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION SGSM 2024

In accordance with Article 9 of the Rules of the International Competition of Singers of Classical Music, the Committee of the International Competition of Singers of Classical Music (SGSM), the Municipality of Novo mesto and the Institute of Novo mesto, as part of the 9th festival of classical and similar music Sem glasba, sem mesto ("I Am Music, I Am the Town"), are launching a call for applications for

THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION (the SGSM singing competition)

 

The competition will be held for the following categories (genres):

1. OPERA

2. LIEDER DUET

The competition will be carried out in two stages:

- the selective singing competition in the OPERA category: Thursday, 18 April 2024,

- the selective singing competition in the LIEDER DUET category: Friday, 19 April 2024,

- the final competition in both categories: Saturday, 20 April 2024 in the form of a concert

The final competition for the opera category will be accompanied by an orchestra.

 

RULES OF THE COMPETITION

The competition may be entered into by Slovenians and foreign nationals.

By submitting an entry (sending an application) for the competition, the competitor agrees to the Rules of the Competition and undertakes to perform at the final concert. In such case, the competitor shall waive any sort of payment or financial compensation. The same shall also apply to the recording of the final concert.

 

APPLYING FOR THE COMPETITION

The entrants may register for the competition by submitting a filled-out application form available >>> HERE

 

The following information must be included in the application form:

- full name of the entrant

- address: street, town, country

- year of birth, country of birth

the chosen category (opera, lieder duet); the entrant may apply for one or both genres – in either case, they only pay one registration fee.

The following documentation/attachments must be submitted along with the application form:

- a PDF version of the application form with a handwritten signature by an adult entrant

or a signature of the entrant's legal representative if the entrant has not yet reached the age of maturity (18),

- a PDF version of the birth certificate or a valid identity document

- a PDF document as proof of payment of the registration fee

- sheet music for the piano accompaniment in PDF format

- a short CV with a photo

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The application entries should arrive no later than 15 February 2024. Any applications arriving after this date will not be considered.

The competition programme may not be altered after registration.

 

REGISTRATION FEE:

EUR 80.00 for the competitors who provide their own accompanist or EUR 100 for the competitors whose accompanists are provided by the organizer.

- EUR 160 for competitors performing in the singer–pianist duet category (total amount for both competitors)

The registration fee must be paid by 15 February 2024 to the following account:

The Institute of Sports, Culture, Tourism and Youth Novo mesto

Novi trg 5

8000 Novo mesto

Current account: IBAN: SI 56 0110 0600 8342 993 

SWIFT (BIC): BSLJSI2X , NLB, d. d., Podružnica Dolenjska, Seidlova cesta 3, Novo mesto

Reference number (must be entered): 00 20401

Description: SGSM registration fee

 

THE COMPETITION PROCESS AND SCHEDULE

The competition schedule is prepared for each individual day by the organizing committee of the competition on the basis of the list of registered competitors. The basis for the preparation of the competition schedule is the registered duration of each entrant's competition programme.

 

THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND THE COMPETITION PROGRAMME

The terms and conditions specify the time limits, mandatory compositions and other requirements regarding the performance of the programme that do not automatically arise from the rules of the competition or this call for applications.

General provisions

- The competitors in both categories must perform the entire programme from memory in the original language and in accordance with standard performing practice.

- At the request of the committee or the organizer, the competitors must submit the sheet music of the performed compositions in the

original edition.

- The performances may not exceed the prescribed duration. The panel may interrupt the candidate if he or she exceeds

the permitted duration of the entire performance.

- The order of performers will be determined based on a random selection made by a computer application.

- The song order during individual performances may be chosen by the competitors themselves.

- A maximum of 6 competitors may advance to the next round from each category.

 

THE PROGRAMME

OPERA

The preliminary round – the duration of the performance may not exceed 10 minutes or be less than 6 minutes

a) at least three arias are required

- an aria by W. A. Mozart

- two arias of your own choice

The arias must be from different periods and in different languages (in the original language).

 

The finals – the duration of the performance may not exceed 15 minutes or be less than 10 minutes

- two arias *

- the two arias must be from the list submitted by the organizer (for the finals with the orchestra)

- they must be in different languages

- they must be sung in the original language

 

LIEDER DUET

The preliminary round – the duration of the performance may not exceed 10 minutes or be less than 6 minutes

- a lied by the composer Hugo Wolf

- a lied by a French composer

- a lied of your own choice

The finals – the duration of the performance may not exceed 20 minutes or be less than 15 minutes

- a song cycle or a selection from a song cycle or a theme lasting 10–15 minutes

- a lied by a Slovenian composer written after 1960 (the list of suggestions will be published by the organizer)

- a lied by a Slavic, English or American composer

All the lieder must be sung in their original language.

 

PANEL OF JUDGES

Prof. Barbara Jernejčič Fürst, president of the panel, AG Ljubljana, Slovenia

Simone Maria Marziali, Agenzia Musikos, Florence, Italy

Prof. Nejc Lavrenčič, Zavod PerArtem, Slovenia

Eddy Lovaglio, Parma OperArt Italy

Winnfried Hofinger, Opernagentur Winfried Hofinger, Germany

 

AWARD CERTIFICATES, PLAQUES AND REWARDS

1st prize in the Opera category: the Municipality of Novo mesto Golden Plaque, EUR 1,000 cash prize 

1st prize in the Lieder Duet category: the Municipality of Novo mesto Golden Plaque, EUR 2000 cash prize 

2nd prize in the Opera category: the Municipality of Novo mesto Silver Plaque, EUR 500 cash prize and a performance in the concert cycle of the 10th SGSM Festival 2025 in Novo mesto

2nd prize in the Lieder Duet category: the Municipality of Novo mesto Silver Plaque, EUR 1000 cash prize and a performance within the concert cycle of the 10th SGSM Festival 2025 in Novo mesto

3rd prize in either category separately: the Municipality of Novo mesto Bronze Plaque and a performance in the concert cycle of the 10th SGSM Festival 2025 in Novo mesto

4. A special prize for the best performance of Puccini's aria in the competition finals

5. A special prize awarded to a promising competitor below the age of 24.

6. It is awarded for each of the categories separately.

 

SPECIAL PRIZES

Special prizes selected by the panel will also be awarded.

1. Free registration for a master class at our Carlo Bergonzi Academy with a lyrical opera debut at the Teatro Verdi in Busset

2. A concert in Busset

3. Free registration for a master class

The organizer reserves the right not to award all prizes.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The contact person for providing information and clarification:

Matevž Novak, cultural coordinator, 00386 (0) 7 620 18 78, 00386 (0) 51 390 082

Number: 1982-21501/2023

Novo mesto, 28 October 2024

Head of the SGSM Competition: Matevž Novak

Head of the SGSM Committee: Irene Akweley Yebuah Tiran, m.p.

 

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