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.


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

Lilli Paasikivi-Ilves, Intendantin, Bregenzer Festspiele

Per Erik Veng, Chairperson

Semi-final April 10, 2024

Finals April 13, 2024


Venue: Musikkens Hus, Aalborg, Denmark



Gala final

Meet the finalists

168 applicants from no fewer than 36 countries. We are overwhelmed by the interest for our Wagner competition.
The Quarter-final Jury has viewed each and every application and chosen the 16 singers now ready for the Quarter-final.

Conductor & Orchestra

In the Semi-final and the Gala Final the participants are accompanied by Aalborg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of eminent German conductor Johannes Fritzsch.


In the Quarter-final the participants are accompanied by distinguished Danish accompanists Ulrich Stærk and Leif Greibe.

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.

The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competiion is made possible only through the generous support of our sponsors: