The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition

The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition, organised every three years by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, counts among the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the world.

Designed for outstanding, experienced young singers, the Mirjam Helin has a reputation for being one of the leading international singing competitions, and one with the highest of standards. It has a broad and exacting repertoire, superb prizes and a prestigious jury. Many former prizewinners, such as Olaf Bär, Elīna Garanča, René Pape, Andrea Rost and Julia Lezhneva, have risen to the top of the world of singing.

The winners of the 2019 Competition were for men German baritone Stefan Astakhov and for women Swedish soprano Johanna Wallroth.

The chairman of the 2019 jury was Artistic Director at Savonlinna Opera Festival Jorma Silvasti. The members were Ben Heppner, Vesselina Kasarova, François Le Roux, Waltraud Meier, Deborah Polaski and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Contact Information

Finnish Cultural Foundation
The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition
Bulevardi 5 A
P.O. Box 203
FI-00121 Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 6128 1286
Fax +358 9 640 474

The official home page of the competition

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