The international competition organized by the Liszt Academy for the second 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 14 March 2018. As part of the application, candidates have to upload performances of one Baroque and one freely selected aria from another period, with piano or orchestral accompaniment. The competition secretariat will publish a notice on the decision of the jury headed by Éva Marton by 20 May 2016.
Competitors making it through to the live rounds in the autumn – only they have to pay the €200 entry fee (Early Birds applying before 15 February 2018 get 50% discount) – have to prove themselves with a performance of a Liszt song and a further seven arias. The pieces must be performed from memory, in the original key and original language, and in full version (including recitativo, cabaletta, stretta if appropriate). The venue for the rounds and final (open to the public) between 10-16 September 2018 will be the Liszt Academy. Due to live Internet streaming, the competition can be followed throughout Hungary and anywhere in the world. The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra under the baton of Balázs Kocsár provide accompaniment in the final and gala. In addition to total prize money of €42,000, the very best competitors can also collect numerous special prizes including the Éva Marton Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, concert invitations and scholarships.
The jury headed by Éva Marton for the competition, which is organized with support from the government of Hungary, includes Hungarian and international celebrities from the world of opera such as Miguel Lerín, one of the most influential managers in European opera, tenor Vittorio Terranova, artistic director of the F. Tagliavini opera competition, Peter Mario Katona, casting director of the Covent Garden Opera, Anatoli Goussev, professor of the La Scuola Musicale in Foro Buonaparte di Milano, Honghai Ma, Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music, Shanghai, 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.