Welcome to the 5th version of this world-famous Wagner singing competition which will take place in Musikkens Hus in Aalborg, Denmark April 2024.


The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition was founded by the celebrated Wagner singer Poul Elming and was held for the first time in 2010. The competition is hosted by Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.


The objectives of the competition are:

  • to venerate and honour one of the greatest Wagnerian tenors, Lauritz Melchior
  • to identify and profile the best young Wagnerian singers of today
  • to place Aalborg, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Musikkens Hus on the musical world map


The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition is open to all singers up to and including 42 years old (born 1982 or later) of all vocal ranges and nationalities. The 1st prize is € 20.000.

Deadline for applications is November 1st, 2023.


The jury consists of six members and a non-voting Chairperson. They are:

Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Elisabeth Linton, Head of Opera at the Royal Danish Opera

Tobias Hasan, Operndirektor der Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Waltraud Meier, mezzosopran

Sir John Tomlinson, bass

Lilli Paasikivi-Ilves, Intendantin, Bregenzer Festspiele

Per Erik Veng, Chairperson

Open for applications: Look below or in the menu.

Application deadline November 1, 2023

Semifinals April 10, 2024

Finals April 13, 2024


Venue: Musikkens Hus, Aalborg, Denmark

Ticketsale for semi-final and Gala final opens January 2024.


The application process has been closed.


Thank you for your interest and participation!

Rules & Regulations

The application is officially open. Participants can start preparing by going through the list of Rules & Regulations below which includes a list of requirements for the application, a time schedule and more.

Repertoire lists

The application requieres a video recording made specifically for this competition and include two scenes/arias, accompanied by piano, and selected from the LMISC official repertoire list.
You find the list in the link below.

Press release

We are very proud to announce that we have received a record number of applications for the 2024 edition of our prestigious competition.