The 40 selected contestants must have prepared 4 opera arias in their original language. They may optionally prepare 2 Zarzuela arias. In this first round, each contestant will sing 2 arias from among the 4 arias prepared. The first aria will be chosen by the contestant and the second aria will be chosen for the contestants by the official jury. The Zarzuela aria will also be requested by the Jury in case the contestants have chosen to participate in this category. The Jury will audition 20 contestants on July 21st and 20 others on July 22nd. On the evening of July 22nd. the Jury will select the 20 contestants that will advance to the next round.
The quarterfinals take place in a form of auditions/performances of each contestant accompanied by a piano.
The length of the quarterfinals is about 6 hours with one hour break, so it is allowed to leave and come back to the concert hall during the competition, however, we ask the audience to only do so in between the performances.
Planned intermission 21. 7.: 19:30 – 20:30
Planned intermission 22. 7.: 17:30 – 18:30
Changes of individual laps and breaks reserved.