One of the leading international singing competitions. Many of its former prizewinners have later risen to the top of the world of singing. Designed for outstanding young singers, it is known for its high standard, exacting repertoire, superb prizes and prestigious Jury.
Andrea Rost was the first winner of the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition to return as a member of the jury. Victory in 1989 raised her to the lyric soprano elite, but she has never felt there was no more to learn. And as she emphatically puts it, this calls for self-discipline.
The second prize for men went to Matija Meić, beating all the other baritones in a competition of a legendary high standard. Images of this charismatic 28-year-old Croatian will remain firmly etched in the minds of the Mirjam Helin audiences.
Marja-Leena Pétas intends to aim at even greater international visibility. The warm, caring legacy of Mirjam Helin is a key element of the ‘Helin brand’.