In view of the relative shortage of international singing competitions in Asia, Musica Viva Limited inaugurated the Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition 2018 with the financial support of the HKSAR Government through the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme operated by the Home Affairs Bureau. Following the extraordinary success of the first competition, we have commenced organising the HKIOSC 2020, intended to take place from 23st to 28th June 2020 at the Hong Kong City Hall.

About Musica Viva

Musica Viva is a non-profit-making charitable organisation founded in October 2008. Its founding members are a group of keen supporters of the performing arts, who have extensive experience offering advice to the HKSAR Government on arts developmental at the policy-making level. Since its inception, Musica Viva has acquired a high reputation as the most successful and respectable organisation that is capable of producing full-scale western operas and classical concerts based on both international and local talents. The consistently high quality of our productions is one of the most significant strengths of the company.

About HKIOSC 2020

We are glad to have 7 renowned world-class artists and practitioners joining us to form the International Jury for HKIOSC 2020:

  1. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, a renowned soprano, Chair of Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation;
  2. Dennis O’Neill, tenor, Founder and Director of the Wales International Academy of Voice;
  3. Sumi Jo (TBC), international soprano, UNESCO Artist for Peace;
  4. Rockwell Blake, renowned tenor, the first winner of the Richard Tucker Award;
  5. Peter Katona, Director of Casting at The Royal Opera;
  6. Sophie Joyce, Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera; and
  7. Lo Kingman, local pioneer opera producer and director, Director-General of Musica Viva.

We have also invited a group of extinguished local practitioners to form our Local Advisors:

  1. Nancy Yuen (阮妙芬)
  2. Gong Dong Jian (龔冬健)
  3. Jimmy Chan (陳晃相)
  4. Rao Lan (饒嵐)

We have invited the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to accompany the final round of the competition.

Accommodation for all competitors during the entire competition period (23 – 29 June 2020) is provided by Musica Viva at the Salisbury – YMCA of Hong Kong. Travel to and from Hong Kong will be the responsibility of the competitors.

An application fee of USD 100 is required. Application opens on the 31st September 2019 and ends on the 31st December 2019. The application can be made online. The link will be provided in due course.

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about us, please visit our website “https://www.musicavivahk.org” and HKIOSC 2018 website ”competition.musicavivahk.org”. The domain of the website is due to be changed to hkiosc.com.hk before we start accepting applications. We shall be in touch when it happens.