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      Voices of South Africa Trust 
International Opera Singing Competition 2020

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing Competition & Masterclasses 2020 to be held in Cape Town between 20 July - 2 August 2020. The workshops and masterclasses will take place at various venues in and around Cape Town.  

All singers who are chosen for the competition must attend the masterclasses and have to arrive in Cape Town before the 20th July 2020 and depart after the final round on the 2nd of August 2020. 


Return coach travel, accommodation and meals will be supported by the Voices of South Africa Trust. 


Please note:


The closing date for the application and audio or video recording is 19 June 2020. 

Results for those chosen will be announced on 30 June 2019. 


No late applications will be accepted. 


 Main Prizes   -  2020


  •  1st prize:           R30 000

  • 2nd prize:         R20 000

  • 3rd prize:          R10 000

 Song Prize   -  2020

  • R5 000


Baroque Aria Prize   -  2020

  • R5 000

Who is eligible to apply?


  1. Singers of any African nationality

  2. Singers must be at least 18 years old at the date of their auditions, and no older than 33 years on 20 July 2019.

  3. The competition is open to all singers, trained and untrained as it has a training and development element to it.

  4. A high level of preparation of your chosen arias is expected. All pieces must be and sung from memory at the audition, semi-final and final. 


Entering the competition


Please ensure that you provide all required information, especially correct phone numbers and email addresses. The application form is only the first part of the process. Your application will not be complete and will not be accepted unless you have sent your recording with it. 


Please submit a live recording of you singing any aria or song as part of the application. Email your recording link to the following address:

Repertoire for 2020:


  1. Please note that you need to have four contrasting arias for this competition.

  2. If you wish to be considered for the Song Prize and/or Baroque Aria Prize you will need to prepare this repertoire in addition to the four arias. The Song must be a classical song and can be in any language.

  3. You will need two arias for the semifinal round and two arias for the final round. 

  4. All arias need to be memorised by the time you arrive in Cape Town.

  5. The choice of arias is completely yours. There are no prescribed arias this year. 

  6. You will need to provide the copies of all music for the pianist when you arrive on the first day.