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Gerald Finley, O.C., C.B.E, Honorary Patron

How to Apply

The National Capital Opera Competition

  • The next competition will take place in .
  • Prizes are:
    • 1st prize: $10000
    • 2nd prize: $5000
    • 3rd prize: $3000
    • other finalists will receive $1000

Application Requirements

Applicants must be Canadian and have studied voice. The maximum age for women is 30 years and for men 32 years on the day of the competition.


The application must contain the following:

  • A completed and signed application form.
  • curriculum vitae, including any opera experience and a list of teachers with whom you have studied in the last five years.
  • One or two letters of recommendation.
  • A statement of aspirations and goals (200 words or less) which should include a statement on how the prize money will be used (e.g., voice lessons, music purchase, travel expenses etc.);
  • Unedited video recording(s) of three operatic selections with piano in three different languages recorded within the last 12 months of the date of application. The arias must be sung in their original language.
  • A list of the recorded selections (aria, opera, composer).
  • A non-refundable administration fee of $75 (e-transfer preferred).
  • A personal headshot photograph (minimum size 4 x 6, resolution 300 dpi, format JPEG).
  • A 50-word bio for use in the program if selected as a finalist.
  • Evidence of Date of Birth, e.g., copy of Birth Certificate or Driver’s Licence.
  • Evidence of Citizenship, e.g., copy of Birth Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or Passport.

Application Deadline

The application package for the 2023 competition must have been received .

Competition Format

The first-round jury will be made up of three professional singers⁠/​musicians⁠/​educators who will review all submissions and select up to six finalists. Notifications will be sent to all applicants. The finalists will be invited to perform at the public recital with their own pianists. Each finalist will perform three operatic arias in three different languages. These selections must be different from those used in the first round. The total length of the three arias should be no longer than 20 minutes. The winners will be selected by a panel of three jurors, again professional singers⁠/​musicians⁠/​educators, who will listen to the finalists, adjudicate and announce their decision at the conclusion of the competition.


For more information, contact Mark Robinson, President, National Capital Opera Society
Tel: 613-852-3524
Email: .

Conditions and Disclaimer

The following conditions apply to this competition:

  1. All recordings and applications submitted become the property of the National Capital Opera Society (NCOS).
  2. The decisions of the jurors are final.
  3. The NCOS is not responsible for any loss, damage or injury of any kind whatsoever arising out of the applicant’s participation in the competition.
  4. The applicant hereby waives all claims of any nature whatsoever against the NCOS arising out of the applicant’s participation in the competition.
  5. The NCOS may, at its sole discretion, cancel or postpone the final competition, with notice to the applicants.
  6. If, in the opinion of its advisory panels, the entries submitted are not of a suitable standard, the NCOS may, at its sole discretion, decide not to make an award.
  7. The decision of the NCOS is final with respect to the question of whether an applicant meets the application requirements.
  8. The applicants consent to their name, image and likeness being listed on the NCOS website or for use for NCOC promotional purposes.

The Application Form

(Coming soon)