1st PRICE of the JURY, "Claude Dassault" AWARD



ILYA KUTYUKHIN, baritone, Russia




2nd PRICE of the JURY, "Pierre Vernes" AWARD

JÉRÔME BOUTILLIER, baritone, France



3rd PRICE of the JURY

MÉLISSA PETIT, soprano, France



Shan Huang, tenor, China

David Astorga, tenor, Costa RIca

Ilya Kutyukhin, baritone, Russia

Benjamin Lewis, baritone, UK

Jérôme Boutillier, baritone, France

Mélissa Petit, soprano, France

Julia Sitkovetsky, soprano, UK

Yaritza Veliz, soprano, Chile

Lilly Jørstad, mezzo-soprano, Norway

Zlata Khershberg, mezzo-soprano, Israel 



RULES  2019


The Association PARIS OPERA COMPETITION was founded in 2010 by Pierre Vernes to reveal and promote young opera singers’ career.

To achieve this goal, an international opera competition, « Les Mozart de l’Opéra » is organized every 2 years in Paris as well as concerts in partnership with European theaters.


1. The Competition   « Les Mozart de l’Opéra »   2018-2019

The next competition will take place on Friday January 18th, 2019 at 19h30 at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.

The competition, named “Les Mozart de l’Opéra” will present 9 or 10 young international singers competing with opera arias and ensembles accompanied by an orchestra and staged by the young and talented Florence Alayrac.



Who is elegible to apply ?

Singers less than 34 years old at the date of the Competition (January 18th, 2019), artists born after 01/18/1985.

This competition is not open to laureates of a previous Paris Opera Competition. No candidate may take part more than twice in the public rounds of a competition in the same discipline.


When to apply ?

From February 1st, 2018 to May 1st, 2018 at 12 midnight GMTON LINE

How to apply ?

ON LINE  www.ciopera.com


What do I need to submit online ?

- Copy of passport

- 1 recent photography,  color or black & white  (minimum 400 dpi) copyright free

- 1 CV including studies, professional experience, repertoire (English or French)

- 1 updated biography (English or French)

- 2 VIDEO recordings of opera arias in the original language from 2 different periods, 2 styles and 2 languages. (See details in the Music Program). 

- Optional : 1 third VIDEO recording of the French opera repertoire.

- Registration fee : 40€ (payment by Paypal or credit card)


Live auditions live in Paris : 

The Competition will organize a live audition session and listen to the candidates who submit in due time and can come to Paris on May 25th, 2018 at the Studio La Verrière, 51 rue Chabrol 75010 Paris. The candidates will prepare and sing three opera arias by heart et will bring their own scores for the accompanist. They choose the first aria to sing then the jury decides which aria for the second and the third if wanted. Registration online on www.ciopera.com.


Application validation :

The candidates receive by e-mail the validation of their application. Each candidate is responsible for the completion of the application in due time and must keep a copy of the application file. The Competition cannot be hold responsible for any incomplete application.


The application fee of 40€ will not be reimbursed under any circumstances.



The application forms will be examined by the artistic direction of the Competition for a pre-selection then, under its authority, submitted to an artistic committee of professionals.

Final results will be announced via e-mail and on the Competition website on June 30th, 2018. The candidates chosen for the Gala-Finale will be invited to perform at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for a whole show with orchestra. 

The artistic direction won't comment on the applications. 

Candidates may not be rejected on any ideological, linguistic, political, religious, or racial grounds.



 The rehearsals taking place from January 14th to 18th, 2019, it is required to be entirely available during that period. No late arrival for the first rehearsal and no other artistic commitment will be tolerated subject to exclusion of the candidate. 



Application procedure : From February 1st, 2018 to May 1st, 2018 midnight GMT

Results for the Final : June 30th, 2018

Arrival in Paris (pick-up charge and welcome dinner) : Sunday January 13th, 2019

Music and stage Rehearsals : From Monday January 14th, 2019 to Friday January 18th, 2019

Dress rehearsal and Gala-Final with orchestra : Friday January 18th, 2019




4 Prizes will be attributed, all type of voices combined, at the discretion of the Jury, except for the Audience Prize.

The amount ranges from 1 000 € to 5 000 €.


-       1 First Prize - Prize « Claude Dassault »

-       1 Second Prize

-       1 Third Prize

-       1 Audience Prize 



The judging panel will be a mixture of internationally recognized opera experts : Theater Directors, conductors, stage directors, music critics …

This edition welcomes as jury members (subject to modification) : 

In alphabetical order :

Mrs Anne Blanchard, Artistic director, founder and Head of Voices of the Beaune International Festival of Baroque and Romantic Opera

Mr Peter de Caluwe, General Director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

Maestro Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Conductor

Mr Michel Franck, General Director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Mr Christophe Ghristi, Artistic Director of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

Mr Jean-Louis Grinda, Director of the Opera of Monte Carlo and of the Chorégies d’Orange

Mr Joan Matabosch, Artistic Director of the Teatro Real Madrid

Mr Richard Martet, Chief editor of Opera Magazine

Mr Pal Christian Moe, Casting consultant Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Mr Laurent Pelly, Stage Director

Mrs Eve Ruggieri, French producer and presenter of television and radio

Mr Christophe Seuferle, Artistic Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Mr Dmitry Vdovin, Artistic Director of the Young artist Program of the Bolchoï Theater


The Jury deliberation will be confidential and its decisions will be final and without appeal.

Each jury member gives a mark between 0 and 10. The candidates are ranked according to the average of the marks. 

The Audience votes by SMS to select its favorite candidate at the end of the concert.

The President of the jury announces the final results. All the candidates have to be present for the Award ceremony at the end of the concert. 



2. Preparation and conditions of the Competition 2018-2019



The music program will include opera arias and ensembles chosen among works from different periods and styles.

The arias will be sung from memory, in the original language and in the original key with orchestral accompaniment.

The choice of the arias for the competition including the eventual cuts and transpositions will be decided by the Artistic Direction in consultation with the artist and in accordance with his repertoire.



Rehearsals (music and stage) will take place from January 14th to 18th, 2019, following a precise schedule artists agree to comply with.

The Competition will provide an accompanist.

The candidates are requested to bring their vocal and piano scores.

No scores will be provided by the Competition. Candidates must use original scores. The Paris Opera Competition cannot be held responsible for any fraud committed by a candidate in this regard (public use of illegal copies).



The candidates perform with the Prométhée Orchestra conducted by Pierre-Michel Durand for a two-hour-show fully staged by Florence Alayrac. Each candidate sings one aria and a duet or trio then the final ensemble. After the show comes the jury session followed by the awards ceremony on stage. The results are announced by the President of the Jury.

It is strictly forbidden to record the concert on any kind of support, channel or format whatsoever. 



The contestants’ expenses are fully paid for by Paris Opera Competition including hotel, travel and perdiem (40€ per day) for the duration of their stay.



The Association, or anyone acting for it, reserves the rights to take photographs, to film or reproduce on any existing medium, the presentations of the candidates during the whole duration of the competition.  The candidates must cede all rights to the Association for a period of ten years.

In case of dispute, only the French version of these rules will be legally valid.

The Association reserves the right at any moment to cancel the competition for any reason beyond its control, without the participants having any cause to claim loss or damages.

Participation in the Competition implies unreserved acceptance of the present rules.

By participating in the Competition, the candidates cede to the Competition the right to record, reproduce, arrange for the reproduction of, and distribute their performances in the Competition and at the concerts on any support and format, as well as the right to communicate their performances to the public by any communication means in France or abroad.

The general conditions of the participation to the Competition will be sent to the candidates by e-mail to be returned once approved. A candidate who doesn’t respect one the conditions may be excluded from the Competition by the direction.




Each  applicant,  being selected or not for the Paris Opera Competition, is eligible for taking part in one of the concerts organized in partnership with one of the European Theatres.

The dates are to be confirmed.

The selected singers for the concerts will be remunerated. In addition, they will receive a daily allowance   for the entire duration of their stay in Paris.

Travel arrangement and hotel accommodation will be provided by Paris Opera Competition.


For references, see « About us » in the website  :

In 2011 :    Piano Concert with 5 artists at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne

In 2013 :    as part of a cultural exchange with the Theatre of the Bolshoï, 1 concert at the Bolshoï Theatre and 1 concert at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne.

In 2014 :    3 Concerts in coproduction with Opéra d’Avignon, the Bolshoï Theatre and the Opéra de Limoges

In 2017 :    Concert at the Théâtre des Sablons in Paris and at Saint-Petersburg National Conservatory.