Rules of the IV Éva Marton International Singing Competition

6-13 September 2020

Application opened: 6 November, 2019

Application deadline: 16 April 2020

Video recordings have been required of two arias of the applicant’s choice matching the following criteria: one Baroque aria (from an opera, oratorio, cantata) and one opera aria from a different period. Works presented on this recording may be included in the programme of the live competition.

A completed application form had to include full competition repertoire, chosen from this list of operas. Changes are permitted until 31 May 2020.



Information on the qualification to the live competition will be given by 18 May 2020.



Application fee: 200 EUR

Early bird fee: 100 EUR (for those who apply before 15 February 2020)


The fee shall be paid only by candidates approved to the preliminary round. The secretary of the competition will inform the approved candidates about the payment details.


Qualified competitors pay their own travel and accommodation costs during the live rounds. Organizers will cover the accommodation for contestants approved to the Final and stay at a hotel recommended by the Secretariat for the days of the Final and the Gala concert.



All pieces are to be memorised, in the original key and original language, and in full version (including recitativo, cabaletta, stretta if appropriate).

The organizers provide piano accompanists for all candidates upon request. Please indicate in the application form if you sing with your own accompanist.

All selected arias are to be listed on the application form. Arias 1-7 should all be different. However, arias A and B can be listed again among 1-7. If you haven't receive the confirmation email to your registered email address, your application was not succesful, please try again to fill out the form. Should you have any questions please contact the secretariat of the competition: martoncompetition[at]

The repertoire uploaded in the application can be changed until 31 May 2020 in e-mail or letter sent by mail to the competition secretary.

The order of performance is decided by drawing lots. On 7 September 2020, in the presence of all the competitors, the youngest candidate will draw the number of the first performer to appear in front of the Jury. The first contestant will be followed by the others in alphabetical order to the end of the alphabet and restart from the beginning until everybody has appeared. This order of appearance is valid during the whole competition.

If in the Preliminaries a contestant appears late for reason not his/her fault, the Jury can give permission that he/she performs at the end of the round. If a contestant cannot appear in the succeeding rounds at the appointed time, the Jury can permit him/her to perform at another time.

Candidates will be evaluated by points throughout the competition, but points are strictly confidential. The Competition Secretariat announces the list of the competitors qualified for the next stage in alphabetical order.

No appeal shall lie against the Jury's decision.