How to Apply

The Brian Law Opera Competition

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

Who may participate? Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 32 on the day of the competition and be a native of, or have studied voice for a minimum of one year, in the National Capital Region.

How does one apply? Prepare an application with the following:

The Application Form The Application Form is available in the following formats:

as a PDF (.pdf) document
This document must be printed and filled in by hand.
as a Microsoft Word (.doc) document
This document can be filled in electronically, then printed and signed.
as a LibreOffice (.odt) document
This document can be filled in electronically, then printed and signed.

When is the application deadline? The application package for the 2019 competition must have been received .

What is the format of the Competition? A preliminary jury made up of three professional singers/musicians/educators will review all of the submissions and select up to six finalists. Notifications will be sent to all applicants and specific instructions will be enclosed for the short-listed finalists, who will be invited to perform at the public competition recital with their own pianists. They may perform their submitted recorded selections or choose new ones. The vocal requirements remain the same: three operatic arias in their original language. The total length of the three arias should be no longer than 20nbsp;minutes.

How are the winners chosen? A panel of three jurors, again professional singers/​musicians/​educators, will listen to the finalists, adjudicate and announce their decision at the conclusion of the competition.


For more information, contact Mark Robinson, Co-President of NCOS, at 613-852-3524 or send email to .

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 residency requirements.
  8. The applicants consent to their name, image and likeness being listed on the NCOS website and/or in promotional material for later BLOCs.