Competition 2024

The ninth Mirjam Helin competition will take place 3–12 June 2024.

The competition counts among the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the world. It has a reputation for being one of the leading international singing competitions, and many of its former prizewinners, such as Olaf Bär, Elīna Garanča, René Pape, Andrea Rost and Julia Lezhneva 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.

The Mirjam Helin competition is known for demanding a broad repertoire (Baroque music, Lied, opera) while at the same time allowing great liberty in the choice of music. The programme does not include any obligatory compositions or composers. The Semifinals do, however, include a song by a Finnish composer.

On the basis of pre-screening videos, 56 singers were selected for the preliminary round.

Buy tickets

Early bird priced ticket packages as well as single tickets for the preliminary round and semifinals are on sale at Ticketmaster. Individual tickets for the final will be available on 12 March.

Schedule

Jury

The chair of the jury in 2024 is opera singer Soile Isokoski.

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on the Musiikkitalo stage.

Orchestra

The competition orchestra in 2024 is the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. The final will be led by Sir Mark Elder.

Musiikkitalo facade and sculptures in front of the building.

Venues

Helsinki Music Centre (Musiikkitalo), located in the heart of Helsinki, is also the primary venue for the Mirjam Helin Competition. The preliminary round and the semifinals will take place in the Sibelius Academy Concert Hall.

Prizes

The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition awards prizes in total €190,000 as follows:

Competition Committee

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