Rules of the II. International Éva Marton Singing Competition

1. Competition schedule

Following the Selection process done with video recordings, the competition comprises three ‘live' rounds: Preliminary, Semi-final and Final. All rounds are open to the public.


2. Order of competitors

The order of performance is decided by drawing of lots at the opening of the competition on 19 September carried out in front of the assembled competitors.

The youngest participant in the competition draws the number, the holder of which will appear before the jury first. He/she is then followed by the other competitors in alphabetical order until the final competitor's name in the alphabet, after which the order starts from the beginning of the alphabet and goes on until everyone has performed. This order of appearance remains valid for all the other rounds.

If a competitor arrives late for reasons outside his/her control, the jury may allow the person to appear in the Preliminary, at the end of the final competition session. If in other rounds any competitor is unable to appear before the jury at the time decided by the draw, his/her absence may be certified by the official doctor of the Liszt Academy, or in the case of obstacle of a different nature, by the relevant official body. In this case the jury may allow the competitor to perform at a different time.


3. Competition repertoire and programme

The competition repertoire consists of the works given by the competitors:

Preliminary: a Liszt song and two arias

Semi-final: two arias

Final: three arias


The specific programme and running of the competition:


- a Liszt song and an aria as chosen by the competitor; the competitor specifies the chosen aria when checking-in to the competition

- The competitor performs the second aria given in the repertoire only if requested so by the jury.

- The competitor sings the song and the selected aria to the end, the jury does not interrupt the recital. The jury can interrupt the second aria.



- the two pre-specified arias

- The competitor sings the arias to the end, the jury does not interrupt the recital.



- one aria as chosen by the competitor – the competitor must specify this when checking-in to the competition (the competition secretariat can initiate a change until announcement of the results of the Preliminary, for instance, if orchestral scores are not available)

- one aria as chosen by the jury – the jury indicates which one when the results of the Semi-final are announced.

- The competitor sings arias to the end, the jury does not interrupt the recital.


4. Judging competitors

Members of the jury record their opinions in writing on scorecards, which are handed in to the competition secretary at the end of each round.

In the Preliminary, members of the jury record either Yes or No.

In the Semi-final and Final, they award points: on a scale of 7-10, to one decimal place.

The competition secretary inputs the scores of members of the jury into a computer, and makes these data available in the form of a table – containing both the individual scores and the total number of points – to every jury member at the beginning of the evaluation discussion. (The table layout forms an annex to the rules.)

After the jury's evaluation discussion the list of names of those competitors going through into the next round is published in alphabetical order by the competition secretariat. Scores remain strictly confidential.


5. Disputes

In the case of a dispute, the text of the Hungarian-language version of the rules and the decision of the chair of the jury shall prevail.