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The Wagner Society Singing Competition is open to singers of all nationalities resident in the United Kingdom and who will be no older than 35 years of age by September 2019.

The closing date for applications is 23rd Sept 2019.

Application Forms to be completed and uploaded via our website in the upload box below.Also uploaded via our website must be:

(a) curriculum vitae

(b) recent performances of the applicant viewed either through a file upload or a web link.

(c) a photocopy of applicant’s passport or any other official document as a proof of date of birth

(d) program to be performed including title and the act of arias intended to be performed

Registration fee: £25. The fee for the application will be retained if the candidate fails to attend or does not meet the age limit. The application fee must be paid by bank transfer to:

Name:  The Wagner Society

Number: 05317630

Sort code: 56-00-33

Bank: NatWest, PO Box 3038, 57, Victoria Street, London SW1H 0HN


IBAN: GB72NWBK56003305317630

Or you may use the ‘Donate’ button on the website and pay with PayPal. Please include your full name as transfer reference.

Successful applicants will be invited to preliminary auditions in central London on 28th and 29th September 2019. Applicants must perform (i) one piece by Wagner and (ii) one aria by any other composer (maximum 20 mins total). An accompanist will be provided on the day but entrants may provide their own accompanist at their own expense.

The final will be held at Wigmore Hall, London on 23rd November 2019. Applicants must perform

(i) one piece by Wagner

(ii) one aria by any other composer.

An accompanist will be provided for all stages of the Competition, including for a rehearsal on the morning of the Finals. Entrants may provide their own accompanist at their own expense.

Singers who have been accepted for either the Audition or the Finals, but who are unable to participate further are kindly requested to notify the Secretary of this fact at least 14 days before the next stage of the Competition.

The Jury is to include: Nicholas Payne (chair), Hugh Canning, Graham Clark, Isabel Murphy and Rachel Nicholls. The prizes will be presented by Dame Anne Evans.

The prizes are as follows:

1st prize of £2,500.00; £1,000 cash and £1,500 for tuition

2nd prize of £1,500.00

3rd prize of £500.00

Audience Award £500.00

The winner of first prize, plus one other candidate at the judge’s discretion, will be nominated for a Bayreuth Bursary Award (“Bursary”) from the Richard Wagner Foundation (“Foundation”) in Bayreuth along with a contribution of £500 towards travel costs. The Jury may nominate other winners for a Bursary. The Foundation has the final say on the award of each Bursary. The Foundation will provide free accommodation to all winners. The Bursary entitles winners to attend three performances in the Festspielhaus during the 2019 Festival and to enjoy sharing the festivities with 250 other Bayreuth Bursary Award Winners from all over the World. Winners will also be entitled to apply for consideration for inclusion in the International Scholarship Winners Concert in 2019 (“Artists’ Concert”). If chosen for the Artists’ Concert, winners will get the chance to perform in front of International Opera Management Companies and Agents and other important people in the Music World.

The winner of first prize and runners up will be given a recital in central London, hosted by the Wagner Society, as part of their prize.

Each winner of a prize agrees to his/her name being published in the Society’s list of prize winners in both Wagner News and on the Society’s website.

Each winner of a prize agrees to take part (without payment of any fee) in an event of the Society in the period which ends one year after the Bayreuth Bursary Programme awarded to the first prize winner.