Applications for the contest – being staged between 6-13 September 2020, with total prize money amounting to €70,000 – can be submitted by sending in video recordings until 16 March.


The international competition organized by the Liszt Academy Budapest for the fourth occasion will be in four rounds. 18-32-year-old women and 18-35-year-old men can submit applications for the qualifying round on the competition website latest by 16 March 2020. As part of the application, candidates have to upload performances of one Baroque and one freely selected aria from another period. The competition secretariat will publish a notice on the decision of the jury headed by Éva Marton by 17 April.

Competitors making it through to the live rounds in the autumn – only they have to pay the €200 entry fee – have to prove themselves with a performance of a Liszt song and a further seven arias. The venue for the rounds and final (open to the public) between 6-13 September 2020 will be the Liszt Academy. Due to live Internet streaming, the competition can be followed throughout Hungary and anywhere in the world. Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Balázs Kocsár providing accompaniment in the final and gala. In addition to total prize money of €70,000, the very best competitors can also collect numerous special prizes including concert invitations and scholarships.


The jury headed by Éva Marton includes Hungarian and international celebrities from the world of opera such as Miguel Lerín, one of the most influential managers in European opera, Anatoli Goussev, professor of the La Scuola Musicale in Foro Buonaparte di Milano, Peter Mario Katona, casting director of the Royal Opera House, Covent  Garden, Andrea Meláth, head of the Department of Vocal and Opera Studies, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, and Szilveszter Ókovács, director of the Hungarian State Opera.


Details of the competition, application materials and the application form are available on the competition website at