Competition rules

The International Singing Competition of Mikuláš Schneider Trnavský takes place every second year in Trnava, Slovakia.

1. The 1st category has three rounds; the competition repertoire is less demanding. Singers born: women after 1st of January 1999/ men after 1st January 1997 can enrol in this category. The 2nd category has three rounds with more demanding repertoire. Singers born: women after 1st January 1990/men after 1st January 1987 can enrol in this category.

2. Laureates (1st place) of international singing competitions within the years 2018-2023 are not obliged to take part in the 1st round of the competition but are promoteddirectly to the 2nd round – the same registration fee still applies. In this instance a copy of the prize winnig diploma should be sent together with the application of admission.

3. The application forms need to be sent, along with proof of registration payment, to the address below. The registration fee for the 1st category is 50 EUR and for the 2nd category is 75 EUR. The registration fee is non - refundable.

Deadline for sending the application forms is to 15th of August 2023.

Payment documents have to be sent electronically to the e-mail: or by mail
to the address of the competition:

Music Centre Slovakia
Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský International Singing Competition
Michalská 10 815 36
Bratislava Slovak Republic
Tel.: +421 2 20 470 270, +421 903 753 797, E-mail:
The registration fee should be sent to this account number:
State Treasury, Radlinského 32, 810 05 Bratislava 15
IBAN: SK62 8180 0000 0070 0006 9149 SWIFT: SPSRSKBAXX

Information about accommodation for participants in Trnava is provided by:

TIC Trnava, Trnava Region


phone: +421 33 32 36 440


daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

In May - September from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

4. Repertory


1st round

a/ Folk song from the competitor’s country
b/ Composition from the 17th or 18th century according to contestant choice

2nd round
a/ Operatic aria or aria from an oratory, cantata, mass or concert aria from the Classical Period according to own choice
b/ Art song from the Romantic Period
(max. 10 minutes in total)

3rd round
a/ Operatic aria from the Romantic Period
b/ Art song by Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský
(max. 10 minutes in total)


1st round

a/ Operatic aria or aria from an oratorio from the Baroque Period
b/ Art song from the 20th-21st century

2nd round

a/ Operatic aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
b/ 1-3 art songs from the cycle by Slavonic composer
c/ Operatic aria from the Romantic Period
(max. 15 minutes in total)
3rd round
a/ Art song by Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský according to own choice
b/ Operatic aria according to own choice
c/ Operatic aria from the 20th-21st century
(max. 15 minutes in total)

5. Songs in each round of both categories of the competition are at the choice of the competitor within the areas specified. 

6. Transposition of arias is not allowed. Songs may be performed only in the transpositions issued for a competent voice range. The songs of Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský may be transposed only for deep voice ranges, according to the published original. 

7. The competitors are not allowed in any round to repeat a song they have already performed at the competition.

8. The competition repertoire has to be performed in the original language.

9. All songs have to be performed by memory. (except arias from oratorios, cantatas or masses).

10. Men and women will be judged separately for each category.The Jury has the right to consolidate the prizes and divide them to equal shares or to not award some of the prizes if the standard is not reached (the first prize is indivisible).

11. The decisions of the Jury is final.

12. The competition is open to public audience.

13. If a competitor does not have an accompanist, he/she can ask the organizer for piano accompaniment.

14. The organizer of the competition can book hotel accommodation for the competitors and accompanist on request.

15. The competition results will be announced at te award ceremony which takes place during the final Laureates‘ concert on the 21th of October 2023.

16. The competitors agree with a possible public audio or video recording without any claim to commission.

17. Further information or music scores will be sent directly to competitors on request.


1st category
1st prize 2 000,– EUR
2nd prize 1 500,– EUR
3rd prize 1 000,– EUR

2nd category
1st prize 3 000,– EUR
2nd prize 2 000,– EUR
3rd prize 1 500,– EUR



- Award of the Chairman of the Trnava Self-Governing Region for
talent under 21 years of age
- Trnava Self-Governing Region Award for the best
piano collaboration
- Dr. Janko Blaha Award for a promissing tenor singer
- Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský Society Prize for
for the best interpretation of a song by Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský
- The Music Centre Slovakia Award
- Maria Kišoňová-Hubová Award for the best performance of the song Ružičky
- Theatre awards - awards for the finalists of the competition (an offer of a guest appearance or an audition in a given theatre) on the basis of
the selection of the theatre representatives or the jury's recommendation.

The organizer reserves the right to change the awards.