Kosciuszko Foundation Announces the 2024 Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition

By Afton Wooten

The Kosciuszko Foundation has announced details of the 2024 Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition.

This year’s competition is open to singers of all voice types and nationalities between the ages of 20 and 32. The jury panel includes conductor Daniele Callegari and bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny. Under the artistic direction of Thomas Lausmann, Director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera, and honorary patron, tenor Piotr Beczala, the jury will select top vocalists to compete live in New York City on Oct. 12-13.

Competition winners will receive a range of prizes, including a first prize of $8,000, followed by second and third prizes of $5,000 and $3,000. Additional awards include recognizing artistic vitality, best performance of a Polish work, and the youngest finalist, a solo recital during the Sembrich’s Summer Festival, and admission and airfare to the 12th International Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition. Those interested can apply by submitting a video recording of two opera arias by August 1, 2024.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young singers to be heard by a world-class jury and receive valuable feedback,” said Lausmann in a press release. “The competition offers a springboard for their careers, with finalists receiving not only cash prizes but also performance opportunities and recognition.”

Past winners of the Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition are soprano Barbara Hendricks, soprano Alexandra Nowakowsk, and countertenor Jakub Józef Orlinski, among others.