84 competitors are expected to Budapest for the live rounds

6 June 2024

South African, Australian, U.S. and Korean competitors also make it to the preliminary of the Marton competition along with Russians, Ukrainians and six Hungarians.

Liszt Academy’s 6th Éva Marton International Singing Competition kicks off on September 1 with the participation of 84 competitors from 24 countries. That is how many contestants will receive notifications over the coming days that they have been selected to the first live round of the competition. The pre-qualification jury chaired by Éva Marton, which also included Liszt- and Bartók-Pásztory Prize-winning opera singer, Péter Fried, who is also a teacher of the Liszt Academy as well as Péter Halász, Principal Guest Conductor of the Hungarian State Opera House and conductor of the finals and gala evening of the competition participated -, praised the applications submitted online as being of high quality again. 

The panel chose 41 men and 43 women. With respect to nationalities, Koreans are present in significant numbers (23), but the Russian Federation and China is also represented by 8 competitors. Six contestants from Hungary and five from the United States made it to the preliminaries. Competitors from Spain, Italy, Kazahstan and Ukraine have also been selected, and organisers expect singers from far-away countries like the Republic of South Africa, Thailand and Australia.

As in previous competitions, sopranos are the most numerous in numbers, but representatives of a special, rare voice range will also be present: a countertenor will make an appearance in the preliminary.

The Competition Secretariat will notify competitors via email. Click here for the list of the selected singers.