10th Year of the International Operetta Singing Competition of Franz Lehár

The Self-Government of the Komárno Tow and the Municipal Cultural Centre in Komárno
under the auspices of the Mayor of the Komárno Town
and in cooperation with the Budapest Operetta Musical Theatre

Jan Kiepura Mazovian Musical Theatre in Warsaw


10th Year of the International Operetta Singing Competition of Franz Lehár

in categories prima donna solo, bon vivant solo and the duet soubrette – buffo

Main auspices: The Mayor of the Komárno Town
Organiser and auspices of the competition: The Self-Government of the Komárno Town
Organiser: The Municipal Cultural Centre in Komárno and The Foundation of Komarno and its Outskirts

Co-production partner of the competition: The Budapest Operetta Musical Theatre, Jan Kiepura Mazovian Musical Theatre in Warsaw
Aim of the competition: international popularization of operetta genre and discovery of new talents

Genre of competition performances: classic operetta

1. prima donna (dramatic and lyric soprano)
2. bon vivant (heroic and lyric tenor)
3. soubrette – buffo

Place of competition:
1st round (casting) – world-wide

2nd – 3rd round (semi-final and final) – The Municipal Cultural Centre in Komárno
Date of final: 21th – 22th – 23th October 2016
Galakoncert: 24th October – The Day of the Hungarian Opereta – The Budapest Opereta and Musical Theatre (all the winners will be inveted to sing on the Galakoncert)
Conditions for participation: detailed professional CV, a photo of a whole figure, perfectly filled application form. Graduation from a conservatory or a university of the arts is not condition.

Age limit:
Women – 18-30 years
Men – 18-35 years

Date of submission of application forms: 15th September 2016

Registration procedure: interested persons may download the application form from the web site www.operetta-competition-lehar.sk. A participant fee is 70 EUR, it is due in cash in two instalments. Each participant is obliged to pay the first instalment of 20 EUR at respective organisers according to his place of residence; the second instalment of 50 EUR will be paid by those, who will proceed to the second round. The fee is used to cover the expenses related to accommodation with breakfast during the 2nd – 4th rounds, till a competitor is in the competition.
Please send the application form, notice of the participant fee payment, professional CV and the photo to the address:

Mestské kultúrne stredisko
Hradná 1
945 01 Komárno, SR

via e-mail to the address:  csengelmonika@operetta-competition-lehar.sk; info@operetta-competiton-lehar.sk; csengel.monika@gmail.com

Progress of the competition:

1st round (casting in the place closest to a place of residence):
Evaluation of application forms, casting during the end of September and beginnin of October via special written notification. Presentation: an arbitrarily chosen aria or duet from Franza Lehár´s work and an arbitrarily chosen song from an operetta of a different author.

2nd round (the semi-final in Komárno, in total for 35-40 participants of the competition):
a., an arbitrarily chosen aria or duet from Franza Lehár´s work, piano accompaniment
b., an arbitrarily chosen aria or duet with piano accompaniment from a classic operetta
(e.g. J. Strauss, I. Kálmán, J. Offenbach, K. Millöcker, L. Fall, F. von Suppé, J. Huszka, A. Szirmai, or from a work of a competitor’s national author)

3rd round (the final in Komárno, for 4-5 prima donnas, 4-5 bon vivants and 3-4 pairs) – in this round the prima-donas and bon vivants sing compulsory duets too – the pairs will be defined by the international jury:
a., obligatory interpretation of the song from Lehár´s work (with orchestra):

Paganini/Paganini: Walz/ Liebe, du Himmel auf Erden
Giuditta/Giuditta: On my lips every kiss is like wine / Meine Lippen küssen so heiss
The Land of Smiles/ Das Land des Lächelns: Lisa’s Entrance/ Lisa Entrée
Gypsy Love/ Zigeunerliebe: I hear the sound of Cymbals/ Hör ich Zimbal klänge

The Land of Smiles / Das Land des Lächelns: You are my heart’s delight / Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
Friderica / Friederike: Oh Maiden, My Maiden / Ó Mädchen, mein Mädchen
Gypsy Love / Zigeunerliebe: I am a Gypsy Child / Ich bin ein Zigeuner
The Land of Smiles / Das Land des Lächelns: The Apple Blossom Song / Von Apfelblühen einen Kranz

The Merry Widow / Die lustige Witwe: Lips Stay Silent / Lippen schweigen
The Land of Smiles / Das Land des Lächelns: Who has Planted Love in our Hearts / Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt
The Land of Smiles /Das Land des Lächelns: Tea Duet / Bei enem Tee á deux
Gypsy Love / Zigeunerliebe: Duet of Ilona and Józsi / Endlich Józsi bist du hier

The Count of Luxembourg / Der Graf von Luxemburg: Bohéme-Duet / Bohéme-duett
The Tsarevich/ Der Zarewitsch: Once again I will Come to You / Heute Abend komm ich zu dir
The Land of Smiles / Das Land des Lächelns: My love, Your Love / Meine liebe, deine liebe

b., Arbitrarily chosen aria or duet from a classic operetta, orchestra accompaniment
(e.g. J. Strauss, I. Kálmán, J. Offenbach, K. Millöcker, L. Fall, F. von Suppé, J. Huszka, A. Szirmai, or from a work of a competitor’s national author)

All the works are to be sung in an original singing voice, without use of a microphone, in an original language or in an interpreter’s native language.

Duets (soubrette – dancing – comical) has to perform choreography in any case.

It is possible to order the music to obligatory competition songs in the Municipal Cultural Centre in Komárno. The list of optional works is necessary to be included in advance in the application form.


Participants of the final will take part in the gala program, in which following prizes will be awarded:

The Great Prize of the Festival – one and only: 3000,- euros


  1. prize in each category: 1000,- euros
    II. prize in each category: 500,- euros

and different special awards (presents)

Application forms and results of the single rounds will be evaluated by the international jury. The place of the competition’s 1st round will be determined by the panel according to a competitor’s place of residence, one member of the panel together with his professional co-workers, he will choose himself, will decide who will proceed.
The whole international jury will listen to the competitors proceeding to the 2nd – 3rd round and it will decide on the final placing and distribution of the prizes. Members of the panel (under negotiation): Tünde Frankó – opera singer of The Hungarian State Opera; Yuri Schwarzkopf, the director of the State Theatre of Musical Comedy from Saint Petersburg; Gyula Szép – director of The Hungarian National Opera in Cluj Napoca; Yehonatan Carmi – musical manager; Dagmar Livorová, a professor of the Bratislava Conservatory, Opera and Concert Singing Dep.
International contacts and information:
00421/ 35 7713 547; 00421/907/799823 Mónika Csengel, csengel.monika@gmail.com




A president of the panel is appointed by the mayor of the Komárno town. Members of the panel are appointed by the director of the municipal cultural centre at the suggestion of the president of the panel.

Sessions/negotiations of the panel are closed, the report, written down by a secretary of the competition, is made from them.

During the competition, participants of the sessions/negotiations may provide neither competitors and journalists nor pedagogues, who have prepared the competitors for the competition, with information about the results of the sessions and the results of the evaluation.

In the first round, one member of the panel and two professionals chosen by him, who are approved by the panel, decide who will go further.
In the 2nd – 3th round, the panel may decide only in the session, where members of the panel are present in the full complement, each member of the panel is obliged to attend all the sessions and all performances of the competition.

The panel’s task is to listen to the competitors and evaluate their performance, decide on the placing or merging or dividing of prizes. The panel decides on awarding prizes of other organizations, as well.

Progress of the Competition
The competitors perform in an allotted order. A performance out of order is possible only in an exceptionally well-founded case with a previous consent of organisers. In the 3rd round, also pairs of prima donna – soubrette will be decided by sortition.

A competitor is obliged to get to the place of the competition at the appointed time and to register at the secretary.

Should a competitor fail to come at the appointed time giving a justified reason, he may perform only with the panel’s consent at the end of a current round.

Competitors are obliged to mention all obligatory and optional works for all rounds already in the Application Form. They may ask for the music to obligatory works at the organiser of the competition.

A competitor without own musical accompaniment, has a right for adequate preparation with the musical accompaniment of the competition during the 2nd – 3th round. It is necessary to observe precisely appointed time for preparation.

In the 1st – 3rd round, the organiser of the competition provides a musical accompaniment or accompanying orchestra.

Evaluation of Performances:
Evaluation is to be a common result of the panel’s opinion. Because of this, each member of the panel is firstly obliged to give his opinion to single performances in the form of awarding points. No agreements or comments are allowed during the performance of single competitors. Letters with points are to be handed to the secretary of the competition after the end of the performance of single groups of competitors – already before a break.

The performances are awarded with points from 1-25. Minimum average of points for proceeding to the 2nd round should be 16 points. Each member of the panel therefore considers this fact when evaluating the competitors.

A member of the panel may not evaluate those competition works that he has not heard in their full extent. In this case, he will sign and hand over his letter with points and he will justify why he abstained in the vote (e.g. he was not present).

Likewise, he does not award points to the competitor, who is his student currently (He will write down to a letter with points „my student“).

The panel may execute also other changes with majority of voices, if these help the competition fulfils its role to a maximum possible extent.

The ceremonial announcement of results and handing over of prizes is executed during the final concert of winners. Performers and program of the concert are defined by the panel.

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