The Gerda Lissner Foundation holds an Annual International Vocal Competition that is open to men and women 21 to 35 years old, regardless of nationality. A special Wagnerian Division exists within the competition, with an age range of 30-45 years old. The application deadline for the 2015 competition is March 1, 2015.
The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competitions is held yearly in New York City.
The 2015 competition will take place at the Liederkranz Foundation, Inc. 6 East 87th Street, NYC 10128 on the following dates:
Preliminary Round: Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26 for the General Division; Friday, March 27 for the Wagnerian Division.
Final Round: Saturday, March 28 for both General and Wagnerian Divisions.
The competition is divided into two parts:
* The General Competition [Open to singers ages 21 - 35]
* The Wagner Competition [Open to singers ages 30 - 45]
There is no language requirement for the General Competition. The competition within the Wagnerian Division must be in German.
The competition is for singers who are pursuing a professional career in Opera, and are judged by a panel comprised of prestigious professionals in the music world.
Winners in the competition are granted awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000, based upon placement in the competition.
A total of $200,000 will be awarded in prizes. Top prizes in both divisions are sponsored by the Liederkranz Foundation Inc.
Top Prize, First Prize and Second Prize winners of The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition cannot reapply. Third Prize and Encouragement Award winners may reapply for future competitions. Winners will also be invited to perform at the Foundation’s annual Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Recital Hall (April 2015; exact date TBA).
If selected, applicants will be notified in early March 2015 by e-mail or phone of their invitation to participate in the competition. The Foundation will provide an accompanist for all participants, free of charge.