5th International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria
May 26 – 28, 2023, ROHRAU (Lower Austria)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Dear Singers and Artists!
From May 26th to 28th, 2023 Haydnregion Niederösterreich invites young artists to join the International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria. For the fifth time already, singers are asked to present their talents to an international Jury in the birthplace of Joseph and Michael Haydn in Rohrau, Austria. The competition is aimed at young singers worldwide with particular talents and training in the areas of Lied and opera and focuses on the era of Wiener Klassik (Vienna Classical era). Further information on the competition as well as the the online application are available for download.
Good luck and see you soon in “Haydnregion Niederösterreich” – Angelika Kirchschlager (head of Jury) and the team of the Haydn Competition.
Period and Sequence
Rehearsal Rooms, Documentation & Piano Accompaniment
Venues & Competition Office
The competition is open to female singers born after January 1st, 1990 and male singers born after January 1st, 1988.
Univ. Prof.in KSin Angelika Kirchschlager, Head of Jury
Thomas Böckstiegel, Theater Heidelberg – Artistic Director
Samantha Farber, Sonoartists – Managing Director, Vienna
Peter Heilker, Theater an der Wien – Casting Director
Prof. Dr. Michael Lakner, Bühne Baden – Artistic Director
Dominik Licht, Osterfestspiele Salzburg/Danish Royal Opera Copenhagen – Casting Consultant
Dr. Michael Linsbauer, Haydnregion Niederösterreich – Artistic Director
Daniela Spering, Orfeo Artist Management – Managing Director, Cologne
At least seven Lieder and at least five arias must be prepared for the competition. The selection of repertory lies within the responsibility of the participant. The pieces are to be performed by heart and in the original language. Participants must submit a binding repertoire list along with their registration. Subsequent changes are not possible.
a choice of seven Lieder from the following composers:
Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn*, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven or Ignaz Joseph Pleyel**.
a choice of five arias from the following composers:
Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ignaz Joseph Pleyel or Christoph Willibald Gluck.
*) The sheet music of songs by Michael Haydn can be requested and sent by
**) The sheet music of songs by Ignaz Joseph Pleyel can be downloaded here.
Timing and procedure
|1st Round, Schloss Rohrau||Friday, May 26th, 2023, 10 am|
|2nd Round, Haydn Geburtshaus||Saturday, May 27th, 2023, 10 am|
|Final Round, open to public, Schloss Rohrau||Sunday, May 28th, 2023, 6 pm|
1st Round, May 26th
The jury will ask for a performance of both Lieder as well as arias from the submitted repertoire list in a total duration of maximum ten minutes. The election of songs that are to be performed is defined by the jury – at least one work of Joseph or Michael Haydn will be included. Please note that you have to include at least one aria and one song within the respective time limit. If the works exceed the specified time of ten minutes, the jury has the option to break off your presentation. The result of the first round will be communicated by 07.00 p.m. at a Get Together in the Museum of Haydn’s Birthplace close to the venue of the competition - or via e-mail.
2nd Round, May 27th
The Jury will ask for a performance of Lieder as well as arias from the submitted repertoire list in a total duration of maximum ten minutes. The jury defines the selection of songs that are to be performed – at least one work of Joseph or Michael Haydn will be included. Works from the first round are not to be repeated. Please note that you have to include at least one aria and one song within the respective time limit. If the works exceed the specified time of ten minutes, the jury has the option to break off your presentation. The results of the second round will be announced by 04.00 p.m. on site or via e-mail.
Final Round, open to public, May 28th
First part: The participant is asked for the performance of one or more Lieder from the submitted repertoire list with a total duration of seven minutes. The order of works for the final round is up to the participant but must be submitted with the online application. Lieder from the first or second round are not to be repeated.
Second part: The participant is asked for the performance of one or more arias composed by Joseph or Michael Haydn with a total duration of about seven minutes from the submitted repertoire list. The order of works for the final round is up to the participant but must be submitted in the online application. Arias from the first or second round are not to be repeated.
The evaluation of the performances will be conducted by the jury based on a scoring system of one to ten points in the categories "voice quality and voice technique" and "interpretation and presence". In the frist round the jury additionally evaluates in the categorie “diction”.
Students of jury members or singers whose agency is represented within the jury may not be judged by these respective jury members. The decisions of the jury and the organizer are binding, final and incontestable. Legal recourse may not be taken.
Guidelines for the presentation of works:
Time limits of 7 and 10 minutes are to be adhered unconditionally.
In the first and second round the jury is entitled to interrupt the musical performance, ask for the repetition of performed works or request performance of an additional work from the repertoire list. In the final round performances will not be interrupted.
Sequence of performances of the participants
− The order of the performances of the participants in the first round will be established by means of a lottery one week ahead of the competition. Participants will be informed via e-mail.
− The order of performances in the second round will be decided by the jury after consultations and will be announced together with the results of the first round via e-mail.
− Together with the announcement of the participants of the finale the order of performances in the finale will be stated. Participants will be notified via e-mail.
Safety and COVID-19
In the best interest of all parties concerned Haydnregion Niederösterreich makes great efforts to create a safe and secure environment for all participants, the committee and the organizing team involved in the event. Thus, also participants are asked to act responsibly and thoughtfully in all social interactions.
Rehearsal Rooms, Documentation & Piano Accompaniment
All participants can use rehearsal rooms that are available at the venue of the competition. Detailed information on the rehearsal schedule and their allocation will be given at the registration on site.
Audio and video documentation
Audio and video recordings as well as photographs may be taken at all times of the competition. With their registration all participants agree not to raise any legal claims when this media is used for PR purposes during or after the competition, given the use does not serve any commercial purpose
Participants can decided to be accompanied either by their own accompanist or by a member of our team of pianists. A short rehearsal with the accompanist is set for every day of the competition. The repetition with a pianist of our team is free of charge! Time and venue of rehearsals will be announced at the registration office on site.
Registration / Application
Application is possible only via the website www.haydncompetition.com from January 9 until April 3, 2023.
Candidates must submit the following:
- scan of the completed and signed registration document
- artistic CV
- copy of birth certificate or identification document (ID)
- two photos in high resolution (300 dpi)
- competition repertoire list
- 2 – 3 live recordings via weblink
Final Registration Date: April 3, 2023
Registration Fee: € 50, the registration fee of € 50 is will not be reimbursed, even if the applicant is not admitted to the first round.
Bank details: Land Niederösterreich – Haydn Geburtshaus
IBAN: AT16 1400 0247 1070 8360
Reference: Haydn Competition 2023
Final Date for arrival of fee: April 10, 2023
The preselection for participation in the competition will be done by the head of jury based on the submitted documents. A notification of participation will be sent via e-mail by April 17, 2023.
With the submission of their documents, participants agree that their personal data may be passed on to the competition organizers and committee and that their artistic CV and photo will be printed in the competition brochure.
By submitting the signed and dated application form, participants confirm that they have read and accept the conditions of the competition.
Venues and contact:
Rehearsals, 1st and final round with award ceremony
Schloss 1 | A-2471 Rohrau
Competition and 2nd round
HAYDN-GEBURTSHAUS ROHRAU (House of Haydn's Birth)
Obere Hauptstraße 25 | A-2471 Rohrau
c/o Haydn-Geburtshaus Rohrau
Obere Hauptstraße 25 | A-2471 Rohrau
Getting there and away:
Information on transport and accommodation is available on the website www.haydncompetion.com. Arrangements and costs of journey as well as accommodation are the participants’ own responsibility.
Hotels & Accomodation in the Haydnregion Niederösterreich