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Having the honour of Renato Bruson to preside its jury, the IXth Leyla Gencer Voice Competition’s final series will be held on 23-28 September 2018 in Istanbul. The application period is open until 10 April 2018.

The Leyla Gencer Voice Competition distinguishes for the young talents it has brought into prominence. As of this edition, the competition makes new arrangements in its application and preliminary audition procedures in order to facilitate them for all applicants spanning a wide geography from the Far East to America.

The option of audition by uploading recordings online is now added to the option of taking live preliminary auditions in European cities.

Furthermore, as of this edition, all applications are done online at the Yap Tracker platform and the application fees are accepted by credit card as well as by bank transfer.

Please visit the Competition Calendar and Application & General Terms pages for detailed information.
From the final of the VIIIth
Leyla Gencer Voice Competition
Marigona Qerkezi's first prize winning performance of "E’ strano… Ah! Fors’é lui... Sempre libera"

The winner of the 7th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in 2012, the 21 year-old Egyptian soprano Fatma Said has already made a name for herself, performing most recently in the Human Rights Day Concert held for the first time at the United Nations in Geneva. After winning the 6th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, South African soprano Pretty Yende went on to collect all the major awards at the Operalia and launched on a dazzling career that spans the major opera houses from the Metropolitan to La Scala. The Leyla Gencer Voice Competition's previous winners such as the Georgian sopranos Nino Machaidze and Anita Rachvelishvili, Argentinean tenor...»»