Wigmore Hall/Bollinger International Song Competition

This Competition celebrates the art of the song recital and honours the Lied’s place at the heart of the genre.

We regret to announce that due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), we have taken the decision to postpone the 2021 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition until September 2022.

Applications will open in October 2021 and will close in March 2022. The exact dates for the 2022 Competition will be announced in due course.

Since its foundation in 1997, the biennial Competition has grown in status and prestige, and continues to attract singers and pianists from around the world, aged 33 or under, who are keen to embark on significant recital careers.

After 20 years of very generous support from The Kohn Foundation, the 2019 Competition was sponsored by Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells. The 2021 and 2023 Competitions will be sponsored by William and Judith Bollinger.

Providing an invaluable opportunity for feedback and guidance from a jury consisting of the highest calibre of internationally renowned artists and directors from the world’s elite concert halls and music festivals, the Competition also promotes the exchange of ideas between artists from all over the world, and presents an important platform for public performance and the expansion of repertoire.

Watch an introduction to the Competition

2019 Competition

Information about the 2019 Wigmore Hall/International Opera Song Competition


Find out about the history of the Competition and past winners.