World’s most promising opera singers to compete in Poland

Overall, 76 young opera singers from around the world, including the US, China, Brazil, Australia, Lebanon and Israel, will compete in the 4th International Adam Didur Opera Singers’ Competition to be held March 31 - April 7 in Katowice, southern Poland.

The aim of the competition is to select and promote the most talented and promising opera singers.

The event, organised by the Silesian Opera in Bytom in cooperation with the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, is named after Adam Didur a famous Polish operatic bass singer.

The event will officially open on March 31 with Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida performed by the artists of the Silesian Opera.

The competition is addressed to singers of all nationalities under 32 years of age. The competing artists will be judged by a jury composed of renowned Polish and foreign opera singers, conductors, composers and opera directors.

The patron of the event, Adam Didur (1874-1946) was one of the finest bass singers at the turn of the 20th century. He sang extensively in Europe, including Milan’s La Scala, and had a major career at New York’s Metropolitan Opera from 1908 to 1932. After WWII, he founded the Silesian Opera.