475 desperate singers besiege Finnish contestmain
Record number of applicants for the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition
The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition received 475 applications from singers representing 62 nationalities worldwide by the deadline for entries on 31 December 2018. The largest numbers were from South Korea, Russia, China, Finland and the United States.
Says the delighted Executive Director Marja-Leena Pétas-Arjava, “The response has been really tremendous. The Mirjam Helin Competition has received more applications than at any other time in its history.”
The names of the successful applicants will be announced on Friday 25 January 2019, after the pre-selection process.
The next Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition will be held in Helsinki, Finland on 20–29 May 2019. The upper age limit is 30 for women and 32 for men. Prizes worth €173,000 will be awarded, and the prizewinners will also be offered engagements. The members of the Jury chaired by Jorma Silvasti will be Olaf Bär, Ben Heppner, Vesselina Kasarova, François Le Roux, Waltraud Meier, Deborah Polaski and Kiri Te Kanawa.
The Finnish Cultural Foundation has been organising the Mirjam Helin Competition at five-year intervals since 1984. Many former winners, such as Elina Garanča, Andrea Rost and René Pape, have later risen to the top of the world of singing.