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