Recruitment completed

07 march 2019, Thursday

The 4th International Adam Didur Opera Singers’ Competition - the application is closed!

We have 76 applicants,  with as many as 39 sopranos among them.  The opening ceremony will take place on 31st March.  The USA, China, Brazil, Croatia, Russia, Australia, Lebanon or Israel – are just a few of the countries represented by the singers participating in the 4th International Adam Didur Opera Singers’ Competition which is  organised by the  Silesian Opera in Bytom with the cooperation of the  Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The competition will take place from 31st March to 7th April 2019.  The deadline for applications expired on 28th February.  Due to great interest (almost 90 candidates sent their applications), the organiser decided to increase the number of the participants and finally accepted 76 persons who met the requirements. The admitted participants will receive official confirmation of acceptance by 8th March.  On that day we will also publish the final list of those who will participate in auditions.

It is the tenth edition in the whole history of the competition and the fourth international one.

The Jury evaluating the artists will include  prof. Izabela Kłosińska, Małgorzata Walewska, Andrzej Dobber, dr Michael Nemeth, Wiesław Ochman, prof. Feliks Widera oraz Wasyl Wowkun.

The competition will be inaugurated on 31st March at 6pm with the performance of Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. The cast will feature distinguished artist of the Silesian Opera and  Anna Patrys (Aida),  Małgorzata Walewska (Amneris), Andrzej Dobber (Amonastro),  Luis Chapa (Radames). The soloists, the choir and the orchestra of the Silesian Opera will perform under the baton of Tadeusz Kozłowski.  

It is worth coming to auditions

The auditions taking place on the following days will be open to public:

Stage I will take place on 1st April  (10am-2 pm and  4pm-9pm) and on 2nd April (10am-2 pm and 3pm-5pm) in the Academy of Music in Katowice. 

The Jury will admit 30 participants to stage II, and 12 to stage III.  During stage II and III the artists will perform in the Silesian Opera. 

Stage II will take place on 3rd and 4th April (11am-2pm and 4pm-8pm). 

Stage III, which is scheduled for 6th April (11am-2pm and 6pm-9pm), will require the artists to sing in costumes accompanied by the Orchestra of the Silesian Opera. The artists’ acting skills will also be evaluated.  The participants may choose from a vast repertoire including the oeuvre of the composers from 16th to 21st century.  The audience will thus admire the arias by Claudio Monteverdi as well as musical fragments composed by Gian Carlo Menotti.

The prize awarding ceremony and the laureates’ concerts will take place on 7th April in the Silesian Opera in Bytom.  The concert will be repeated in 9th  April in the Silesian Theatre in Katowice.

The first prize in this edition is € 15,000, the second prize is € 10,000 and the third prize amounts to € 7,000.  The organisers planned three honorary mentions of € 3,000 each and the prize of € 1,000 for the best accompanist. 

The event will be held under the Honorary Auspices of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.  The Honorary Committee includes Deputy Prime Minister – the Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof.  Piotr Gliński, Voivode of Silesia Jarosław Wieczorek, Marshal of the Voivodeship of Silesia Jakub Chełstowski, Mayor of Bytom Mariusz Wołosz and Mayor of Katowice Marcin Krupa.

The Competition will be transmitted on-line at 

Tickets for the auditions (each entry PLN 1) can be purchased in the Silesian Opera box office, on-line or at via


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