Welcome to “The 1st Daegu International Opera Awards” website.

Daegu, the Opera City of Korea and Asia, is proud to announce the very first International Opera Awards for future operatic stars with tremendous potential.

Many talented vocalists around the world are registering for the auditions that will take place in Vienna, Austria; Berlin, Germany; and Korea.

The winners will have the opportunity to perform with the Daegu International Opera Festival.

We are pleased to be a part of the process of developing future artists by giving them chances to hone their skills and sincerely thank our international jury members as well as the International Opera Awards committee for participating in our journey of nurturing future generations of world-class vocalists. Thank you.

Daegu Opera House Foundation
CEO Bae Sunju

Daegu Opera House Foundation is building up global networks of international vocal music infrastructure through musical and artistic exchanges with many theaters in Asia and Europe. In order to provide opportunities for Korean and non-Korean talented artists to expand their careers overseas, Daegu Opera House hosts the first Daegu International Opera Awards (DIOA) in 2019. 

There will be three main rounds: the Qualification, the Semi-Finals and the Finals. For the Qualification, participants must upload two videos on YouTube, in which they perform two arias (one Italian and one in another language) and send the links, along with all required documents to the provided email. The Semi-Finals have three different locations: Vienna-Austria, Berlin-Germany and Daegu-South Korea. Each participant must choose one location, when applying for DIOA. The 20 participants, who pass the Semi-Finals, will join the Finals in Daegu. Transportation and hotel will be provided to all 20 participants. The Finals will be held in a form of concerts, open to public for 3 days. For the Finals, there will be arias and ensembles, for which the jury will choose the partners.

A total amount of 18,000,000 WON will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner. Apart from that, all 20 participants have the chance to debut at a European opera house. Jury members may nominate participants to make a debut at their opera house.
Stephanie Wippel

Stephanie Wippel
Planning & Casting at Vienna State Opera, Austria

Stephanie Wippel has been responsible for Planning and Casting at Wiener Staatsoper for more than ten years, working closely with Director Dominique Meyer since 2008. After studying Cultural Management and English in her hometown Graz, where she also performed in the Graz’ Opera choir for many years, she started her professional career in opera in the Department of Artist Services at Washington National Opera. Back in Europe, she was appointed Head of the Press Office at the Theater of Graz before being called only half a year later to become Associate to the Artistic Director of Wiener Staatsoper. She was promoted to Assistant to the then Director of Wiener Staatsoper - Ioan Holender - another half year later. In 2008, Stephanie Wippel started working for the then Director Designate Dominique Meyer to support him in all matters concerning the planning and casting of future seasons – a position she has held ever since. 
In recent years, she has not only been an active panel member of numerous auditions in Vienna and abroad, but also acted as a juror in the renowned International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Austria, in 2018.

Björn Peters

Björn Peters
Director of Artistic Administration at the Semperoper Dresden, Germany

Björn Peters was born in Goslar in Germany in 1969. He studied Drama, Music and Ecomomy at the Freie University Berlin and in Bayreuth from 1991 until 1996. Shortly after, in 1997, he became head of Artistic Planning for the Nationale Reisopera in Enschede, Netherlands. In 2000 he went to Hamburg, where he got the position of the Head of the Office of Artistic Productions at the Hamburg State Opera. He stayed there for five years until he became Head of Artistic Organization at the Kosmische Oper Berlin in 2006. From 2010 until 2013, he was Head of Artistic Organization at Saxonian State Opera, also called Semperoper in Dresden. Since 2013 he is Director of Artistic Administration at the Saxonian State Opera in Dresden.

Dr. Birgit Meyer

Dr. Birgit Meyer
Artistic Director of the Cologne Opera House, Germany

Dr. Birgit Meyer was born in Cologne and studied medicine in Munich. While working at the hospital “Klinikum Rechts der Isar” she began her theatre studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. From 1992 to 1999 Meyer worked as a dramaturge for opera at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck and from 1999 to 2009 was head of dramaturge and a member of the board at the Vienna Volksoper. From 1997 to 2001, she was also employed at the Salzburg Festival.
In 2004 she received a teaching commission for dramaturgy at the Bavarian Theatre Academy “August Everding” before becoming a lecturer for dramaturgy at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna from 2008 to 2013.
Meyer began working as head dramaturge and director of opera at the Opera Cologne in 2009 and was appointed Intendantin at the beginning of the season 2012-2013.

Carolin Wielpütz

Carolin Wielpütz
Designated Director of Artistic Administration Theater an der Wien, Austria

Carolin Wielpütz is Artistic Director of Opera at Theater Bonn. After studying Theatre, Film and Media Studies and English at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen/Nuremberg, she worked in a leading commercial enterprise in the field "international exchange" in Dublin / Ireland. During her studies she also studied abroad in the USA, Ireland, Spain and France, where she took part in a singing training at the Institute for Sacred Music.
After returning back to her hometown Bonn in Germany, the passionate choir singer began her professional theater career as the director's assistant at the Theater Bonn, where she had already appeared on stage in the Children and Youth Choir in her youth.
She then worked under the Intendant Klaus Weise at the same house. For several years, she worked as a project manager and consultant of the opera directorate under the direction of David Pountney at the Bregenz Festival. In 2014 she finally returned as artistic director of opera to her parent company under the direction of Bernhard Helmich. Since 2017 she is also a member of the jury of the internationally renowned singing competition OPERALIA by Placido Domingo.

Viviana Barrios

Viviana Barrios
Associate to the Artistic Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany

Viviana Barrios was born in Germany as daughter of Chilean parents. From her early childhood she was introduced to music, singing in the choir, playing the flute and participating in the theater of her hometown Bielefeld in the kids and extra choir.
After finishing school and a 6-month-stay in Brussels, she entered University. She obtained her law degree (both state examinations in German law and a certificate in Spanish law) followed by a two-years „Referendariat“ and an postgraduate study of Cultural Administration/Management. Her first contract in the business was at Theater Bielefeld where she started in the Main Office and the Sales Management but was called only 5 month later to become the Intendants Assistant. In that position she remained for 3 years. From there she was recommended to the Board of Deutsche Oper Berlin.
As Associate to the Artistic Director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she has focused her professional interest on casting and mentoring young and talented opera singers. In her position she is involved in the selection and the accompany of singers for/of the scholarship, casting issues, auditions but also in programing all kind of special events at Deutsche Oper Berlin, one of the most distinguished European Opera Houses. Another field of activity has become her interest for Singing Competitions. While making her experience over many years as a steady member of the panel for Deutsche Oper Berlin auditions, she was sent since many years to assist singing competitions. In 2015 she became part of the prestigious jury at the Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in Barcelona, replacing the Artistic Director, Christoph Seuferle. Reinvited to Barcelona in 2017 and 2019, she led the preliminary rounds in Berlin. In May 2017 she was invited as jury member of the Ada Sari Festival and Competition in Nowy Sacz/Poland and recently (November 2018) she was member of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang/Junior in Berlin.

Peter Edelmann

Peter Edelmann
Artistic Director of Seefestspiele Mörbisch Festival, Austria 

Peter Edelmann studied singing with Otto Edelmann at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and graduated in Cultural Management from the Institute for Culture Management at Vienna University of Music. In 1985, he completed his singing studies. After his first engagement at the Stadttheater Koblenz, where he was engaged for five seasons, Edelmann emerged as the winner of the main prize and the Mozart prize, as well as the seven-time winner of special awards at the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.
From 1990, he was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He made his debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In addition, he has been a guest at the Volksoper in Vienna, Semperoper in Dresden and many more. Peter Edelmann has been freelancing since 2001. He sings in venues including: Staatsoper, unter den Linden Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro la Fenice Venezia and Teatro Massimo Palermo.
From 2010, he was University Professor of Singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and was also Chairman of the Institute for Singing and Musical Theatre for three years.
Along with the mdw and the otto edelmann society, the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition Vienna was created. This competition for singers is under the organizational leadership of Peter Edelmann, and it attracts more than 100 young singers to Vienna every year.
Since September 2017, Peter Edelmann has been Artistic Director at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch festival.

Nino Sanikidze

Nino Sanikidze
Head Coach of LAO's Young Artist Program

Georgian pianist Nino Sanikidze has held the position of a Head Coach for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera since the program’s inception in 2006. In addition to her duties with the Young Artist Program, she often serves on LAO Music staff as a pianist and a prompter, working closely with Plácido Domingo and James Conlon. Outside of LA Opera, she has been engaged with such companies as Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Municipal di Santiago, Washington National Opera or Cleveland Opera. A frequent collaborator with the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, her notable concert appearances include a recital with tenor Marcelo Alvarez and a recital with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca. She has performed in a recital with world-renown guitarist Angel Romero at Palm Springs Life Festival. Since 2008 she has been an official pianist for Placido Domingo’s World Opera Competition Operalia. In this capacity she has performed on various stages like Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House in London and Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon.
Dr. Sanikidze serves on various judging panels such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Richard Tucker Music Foundations Study and Center Stage Opera Competition. A sought-after clinician, she has been a principal guest coach for the USC Thornton School of Music and has conducted masterclasses at Chapman Conservatory, Opera Santa Barbara, University of Kansas, Songfest, Music Center Spotlight, and YoungArts Los Angeles. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Award for Excellence in Vocal Accompanying. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is an alumna of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera, as well as the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Center, Cleveland Art Song Festival, and SongFest. She has served on the faculty of prestigious Vocal Institute at the Music Academy of the West since 2014.

  Sangmu Choi

Sangmu Choi
Artistic Director at the Daegu Opera House, Korea

Sangmu Choi studied singing at Kyungpook National University and continued his study in choral conducting, artistic education and opera acting at national academies, such as A.I.ART, ARENA and A.R.A.M, and graduated from ‘Lorenzo Perosi’ Conservatorium, Italy in 2004.
After he returned to Korea, he started giving lectures in Kyungpook National University and Daekyeung University. Additionally, he founded Amor Opera, Ital Opera Orchestra and Choirs and has also been active as a dramatist, starting with the script for the opera “Imetal” in 2012. Since 2014, he has been artistic director at Daegu International Choir Festival and KBS Radio panel. Since February 2017, he has been Artistic Director at Daegu Opera House.

Application dateJanuary 15th, 2019 – March 15th, 2019 (for Semi-Finals in Europe)
January 15th, 2019 – April 15th, 2019 (for Semi-Finals in Asia)
LocationOnline application including YouTube video links
Fee100 EUR / 100.000 WON
Age limitUnder 35 (everyone who was born after March 16th, 1983)
ResultsMarch 22nd, 2019 (Europe), April 22nd, 2019 (Asia)
Date / LocationApril 15th, 2019 Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna – Austria
Date / LocationApril 16th, 2019Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin – Germany
Date / LocationMay 10th, 2019Daegu Opera House, Daegu – Korea
ResultsMid-June, 2019Via email and homepage
DateAugust 28th – 31st, 2019 (3 days) 
LocationDaegu – Korea*

*Transportation and accommodation will be provided 


Following documents shall be submitted with the application:

• Completed application form
• Completed Personal Data and Privacy Policy Form
• Application user fee (100 EUR/ 100.000 WON) and proof of payment
• 1 scanned copy of passport 
• Short biography (max. 150 words, written out)
• Portrait photo (minimum size 4x6cm, resolution 300 dpi, format JPEG)
• 2 YouTube video links (see video requirements for further details)

All required documents must be sent to apply@dioa-korea.com by the following dates:
Semi-Finals in Europe: March 15th, 2019 by 23:59 CET,
Semi-Finals in Asia: April 15th, 2019 by 23:59 KST.

Applicants will be informed in writing, after receiving the complete application with all documents and the registration fee. Incorrect data and incomplete documents may result in the applicant not being admitted to the DIOA competition. The application fee and all submitted documents cannot be refunded.

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The user fee must be paid when applying for DIOA to one of the two accounts. 
Europe account: 100 EUR for applicants, who want to attend the Semi-Finals in Berlin or Vienna
Korea account: 100.000 WON for applicants, who want to attend the Semi-Finals in Daegu.

(Semi-Finals Berlin or Vienna)

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(Semi-Finals Korea)

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Please pay according to the location of your preferred Semi-Finals location. The application fee and all submitted documents cannot be refunded.
The following repertoire must be prepared (bindingly): a total of 6 arias in 2 different languages and three ensembles (duet and trio). At least one of the arias must be an Italian aria. The arias can overlap during the competition.

For the Qualification (YouTube):
2 arias (One Italian and one in another language)

For the Semi-Finals (Europe/ Asia): 
All 6 arias (Jury will choose the arias to be performed on the day of the Semi-Finals)
Note: Participants, who pass the Semi-Finals must choose 2 arias from the chosen repertoire. One of them must be an Italian aria. At the end of July 2019, jury will choose 2 of the 3 submitted ensembles. Participants will be informed via email.

For the Finals: 
3 arias, 2 ensembles (1 aria each, for the August 28th and 29th must be chosen by the participants. 2 ensembles chosen by the jury will be performed on August 31st. The final aria for August 31st, 2019 will be announced by the jury on August 29th, 2019). 

August 28th, 2019: 1 Italian aria only (piano accompaniment*)
August 29th, 2019: 1 aria in any language except for Italian (piano accompaniment*)
August 31st, 2019: 1 aria and 2 ensembles (orchestra accompaniment)
Note: *Pianist will be provided by the host for the Semi-Finals and the Finals.


Applicants must upload two videos to YouTube (see video requirements) and send the video links with all required application documents (see application requirements) to apply@dioa-korea.com until March 15th, 2019 by 23:59 CET (for Semi-Finals in Europe), April 15th, 2019 by 23:59 KST (for Semi-Finals in Asia). Each video should contain one opera aria (one Italian and one in another language). The application and the videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Selected participants for the Semi-Finals will be contacted and notified in writing via email and announced on the homepage.

Eligibility: Participants (m/f) of all nationalities are invited to enter the competition if they are born after March 16th, 1983.

Requirements for YouTube video recording:

• Only video recordings will be accepted (no audio-only recordings will be accepted)
• Only high quality and recent recordings (not older than a year) will be accepted
• Recordings must not be edited  
• 2 arias are required to be performed in the original language (one in Italian, one in another language)
• 2 separate videos with one aria each
• YouTube video links must be available on YouTube until August 31st, 2019


The Semi-Finals are the second round of the DIOA. Participants who passed the Qualifications, will be informed via email and on the homepage. There are two main locations for the Semi-Finals: Europe and Korea. Participants must choose the preferred city while applying for the DIOA. Only 20 participants will be chosen for the Finals, which will be held in Daegu. Transportation and hotel will be provided to all 20 participants.

The Semi-Finals will be held at the following locations: 
Vienna – Austria: Wiener Staatsoper, Monday, April 15th, 2019
Berlin – Germany: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Daegu – Korea: Daegu Opera House, Friday, May 10th, 2019


The Finals are open to public and divided into 3 days.

1st day: Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, 
Location to be announced

2nd day: Thursday, August 29th, 2019,
Location to be announced

3rd day: Saturday, August 31st, 2019, 3pm
Daegu Opera House
• Performance with an orchestra in form of an opera gala concert 
• Award ceremony after the concert (+ additional events are expected)


1st Prize
Sungjun Cho, Bass Prize money \10,000,000 Won

2nd Prize
Ahyoung Kim, Soprano Prize money \5,000,000 Won 

3rd Prize
Gyuseok Jo, Tenor Prize money \3,000,000 Won

Debut Prize

     • Daegu Opera House

        Sungjun Cho, Bass
        - Aug. 2020 2nd Daegu International Opera Awards – Opera <L’elisir d’amore>

        Ahyoung Kim, Soprano
        - 2020 18th Daegu International Opera Festival [Opera]

        Gyuseok Jo, Tenor
        - Aug. 2020 2nd Daegu International Opera Awards – Opera <L’elisir d’amore>
        - Offering participation in the Opernstudio of the Daegu Opera House in 2020

     • Oper Köln

        Sungjun Cho, Bass
        - 2019/20 Season [Opera]

     • Deutsche Oper Berlin
        Sungjun Cho, Bass
        - Selected as scholarship student at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in cooperation between Daegu Opera House and WCN(World Culture Networks)
        - 2020 Season [Opera]

        Ahyoung Kim, Soprano
        - 2020 Season [Opera]

     • LA Opera

        Sungjun Cho, Bass
        - Invitation to the final round of the 2020 Young Artist Program Audition

        Eunil Cho, Soprano
        - Invitation to the final round of the 2020 Young Artist Program Audition

     • Wiener Staatsoper

        All DIOA Finalists
        - Invitation to the final round of the 2019/20 Season Opera Audition

★ Semperoper Dresden

        Kyungwook Jang, Bass
        - 2020 Season [Opernstudio]
        - Selected as scholarship student by Daegu Opera House at the Semperoper Dresden

Prizes of the Daegu International Opera Awards are provided by Daegu Opera House. 

1. Prize: 10,000,000 WON
2. Prize: 5,000,000 WON
3. Prize: 3,000,000 WON

Debut prize
All 20 participants, who make it to the Finals, have the chance to debut at one of the Opera Houses of the jury, as they may nominate participants to make a debut at their opera house for the 2020/2021 season.





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