Jury of world-famous singers for the 2019 Mirjam Helin Competition

One of the leading global singing competitions, the Mirjam Helin Competition will be held for the eighth time in Helsinki, Finland in May 2019. The members of the Jury chaired by Jorma Silvasti are star international singers: Olaf Bär, Ben Heppner, Vesselina Kasarova, François Le Roux, Waltraud Meier, Deborah Polaski and Kiri Te Kanawa.

“Once again, the Mirjam Helin Competition has an impressive, all-singer Jury,” says the competition’s Executive Director Marja-Leena Pétas-Arjava. “I believe the renowned Jury also tempts the world’s best young singers to apply.”

Held once every five years, the Mirjam Helin Competition is known for its exacting repertoire, prestigious Jury and good prizes. The competition is open to women and men born in or after 1989 and 1987, respectively. There are two categories, one for women and one for men, and the prizes total €173,000. The first prize is worth €30,000 in both categories.

The competition will take place at the Helsinki Music Centre on 20–29 May 2019. The finalists will be accompanied by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Hannu Lintu. The competition also includes such attractions as Master Classes taught by members of the Jury, and a Singers’ Studio – an interview and question time with a member of the Jury. All the events are open to the public.

The application deadline for the 2019 Mirjam Helin Competition is 30 November 2018. However, applications begun by that date may be supplemented up to 14 December 2018. 

A shortlist of competitors will be announced on 25 January 2019. 

The Mirjam Helin Competition was founded by Professor Mirjam Helin (1911–2006). Previous prizewinners have included René Pape, Elina Garanča and Olaf Bär, who now returns as a member of the Jury. Organised by the Finnish Cultural Foundation since 1984, the Competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.


Brochures of the 2019 competition