11th International Hilde Zadek

Voice Competition 22-27 April 2019

The Unique Competition

Focus: Opera of the 21st century

Rules of application

Required Repertoire
12 pieces representing 4 epochs (Barock, Classic, Romantic, Contemporary Music) in minimum three languages (German and Italian are compulsory, the third language is free choice) and minimum 3 epochs.

The competition repertoire consists of compulsory pieces and pieces of free choice:

compulsory pieces
1 aria from an opera or oratorio from W.A.Mozart
1 aria or art song from the 2nd Wiener Schule (Schönberg, Berg or Webern)
4 pieces of Contemporary Music composed after 1970: 2 compositions from Sofia Gubaidulina >>, Johanna Doderer >>, Rosalinde Page >> and Nancy Van de Vate >>.
2 compositions from any other composer after 1970 (f.e.: Pierre Boulez,
Benjamin Britten, John Cage, Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, Hans Werner Henze, Ernst Krenek, György Ligeti, Luigi Nono, Krzysztof Penderecki,
Wolfgang Rihm, Gottfried von Einem, Ivan Eröd, Herwig Reiter a.o.)
Please see our website www.mdw.ac.at/zadek-competition/rules of competition for further composers and compositions after 1970.
Make sure to indicate the year of composition. Pieces, which were specially composed for applicants to attend this competition are welcome.

pieces of free choice
3 arias from Opera and/or Oratorio
3 art songs from the epochs Barock, Classic, Romantic or
Contemporary Music
All works must be sung from memory! In each round, one piece of Contemporary Music is required!


Proposals of works from operas of the 21st century >>


From every art song cycle only one piece may be sung.
The jury will check your required repertoire.

Age limit
Male and female singers born after 1987 (born after january 1st, 1987)
Exception: spinto sopranos and spinto mezzosopranos born after 1985
(born after january 1st,1985)

Registration fee: € 120.- The registration fee is not refundable.
The following documents must be added to the registration:
• copy of your passport
• copy of the paid registration fee
• biography (max. 1 Din A4 page)
• list of repertoire (max. 1 Din A4 page)
• competition repertoire
• 6 copies (!) of the 4 modern pieces for the jury (the 4 modern pieces must be bound together in a booklet, alltogether we need 6 booklets for the jury) Participants with incomplete or incorrect registration documents may be excluded from the competition.

Registration Deadline: March 10th, 2017


You will receive your official paritcipation notice and other important information by March 30th, 2017.