Francisco Viñas Contest

Founded in 1963 by Jacint Vilardell to commemorate Catalan tenor Francesc Viñas, the competition has become one of the major contests in the opera, oratorio and Lied world, in which young singers from all over the world take part every year. 

Francesc Viñas
Olga Kulchynska (Photo: A. Bofill)
Benjamin Bliss, Olga Kulchynska and Anatoli Sivko (Photo: A. Bofill)
Winner's portrait (Photo: A. Bofill)

To provide an opportunity for singers from other countries to take part, the Gran Teatre del Liceu has an agreement with the opera houses in Madrid, Paris, London, Berlin, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beijing and Moscow for preliminary rounds to be staged in these cities.

The Final Audition is held each January in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, as is the final concert with the winners, accompanied by the Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra.

Besides being presented with the official prizes, the winners may receive other awards, such as study grants and contracts for performances at various theatres.

As part of the collaboration between the Liceu and the Teatro Real of Madrid, the main prizewinners of the competition will take part in the “Concert of the Prizewinning Artists of the 53rd Edition of the Francisco Viñas Contest”, to be held on February 21st, 2016, at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

A new feature of this 53rd edition: for the first time, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow will collaborate with the contest by holding a preliminary audition.

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Co-organizing theatres:
The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Opéra National de Paris
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Teatro Real, Madrid

Collaborating theatres:
Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Moscow
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Los Angeles Opera
National Centre for the Performing Arts of China, Beijing
San Francisco Opera
Staatsoper im Schillertheater, Berlin


Secretariat of the Competition
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