Saint-Petersburg - Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Opera Singers

The competition is held by The Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre and The Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art The Elena Obraztsova Foundation.


Competition 2024

About 1,500 young performers from 30 world countries have taken part in the competition over the years of its existence. Its laureates and Prize Winners included celebrated singers of the national and world opera stage such as Julia Lezhneva, Ildar Abdrazakov, Lyubov Petrova, Marina Poplavskaya, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Irina Lungu, Ekaterina Syurina, Georgy Gagnidze, Vitaly Bily, Oksana Shilova, Mikhail Petrenko, Elena Maximova, Dinara Alieva, Alexei Markov, Oksana Kramareva, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Olga Pudova, Vladislav Sulimsky, Elena Guseva, Roman Burdenko, Alexei Lavrov, Andrei Zhilikhovksy and other remarkable singers.

Since its very establishment, The Elena Obraztsova Competition has set the bar very high. This was facilitated, first of all, by inviting eminent masters of the world opera stage, colleagues and friends of Elena Obraztsova, to the jury. Over the years, the jury included: Fedora Barbieri, Renata Scotto, Joan Sutherland, Gabriella Tucci, Ileana Cotrubaş, Teresa Berganza, Christa Ludwig, Zara Dolukhanova, Fiorenza Cossotto, Evgenia Miroshnichenko, Éva Marton, Giacomo Aragall, Peter Dvorský, Nicola Ghiuselev, Tamara Sinyavskaya, Makvala Kasrashvili as well as vocal teachers and managers of the leading opera houses.

The competition ranks among the largest and most prestigious vocal showcases in Russia and boasts a high international reputation. It is a full member of the Music Competitions Association of Russia, member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

All auditions will be broadcast live on the websites of The Elena Obraztsova Foundation and Cultural Centre and social media.



Natalia Ignatenko
The Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre
Nevsky pr., 65, 3rd floor
St. Petersburg

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