ABOUT Big Opera 2016



Watch the new season of the vocal competition The Big Opera every Saturday evening from 8 October!

The Big Opera is an unprecedented TV competition for young singers organized by Russia-Kultura TV Channel. The Big Opera Project is the only professional TV competition for young opera singers. The main goal of the Project is to reveal the new names of talented vocalists and help them to gain fame. 

  • The Big Opera is a search for bright personalities.
  • The Big Opera is polishing of artist’s skills.
  • The Big Opera is subtle promotion of musical masterpieces.
  • The Big Opera is a huge audience and a following high demand for participants. 

The first three seasons of The Big Opera attracted great interest of the audience and became one of the most successful projects of the Russia-Kultura TV Channel. It is not a surprise, as the Project effectively combines the elements of a show and an academic concert, it both entertains and cultivates a taste for good music. Together with Russian participants singers from Germany, Austria, Mongolia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan were involved in the project showing the best achievements of their opera schools and traditions.


2014 – Saltanat Akhmetova (the Republic of Kazakhstan)
2013 – Vladimir Magomadov (Russia)
2011 – Veronika Dzhioeva (Russia)

Prominent opera stage professionals have been The Big Opera Jury members from one year to another, such as: world opera stars Elena Obraztsova, Tamara Sinyavskaya, Maria Gulegina, Ildar Abdrazakov, Paata Burchuladze, Sergei Leiferkus; famous opera administrator Ioan Holender who was the director of the Vienna State Opera over 20 years; Dmitry Bertman, an opera production director; Makvala Kasrashvili, a singer, the Bolshoi Theatre soloist; Galina Kalinina a singer, the Bolshoi Theatre soloist; Dmitry Vdovin, Head of the Bolshoi Theatre Youth Program. The best Russian symphony orchestras accompanied project participants from one year to another: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the "Novaya Rossiya" State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, Feliks Korobov, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Fabio Mastrangelo, Peter Feranec.


Russia-Kultura TV Channel starts to accept applications for participation in the New Season of The Big Opera 2016 Project.  

The Big Opera 2016 Television Project consists of the Preliminary Selection and 12 thematic programs of the Main Competition. At Final, during live transmission from the Bolshoi Theatre on 26 December, the Project winner will be determined by the viewers’ SMS voting. All the programs of the Big Opera 2016 will be broadcast on Russia-Kultura at prime-time from October 2016 weekly for three months.     

The Competition Jury will consist of famous opera stage masters, opera production directors and music theatres’ directors, representatives of the biggest music agencies.

The Project consists of the Preliminary Selection and the Main Competition.

Professional opera singers aged from 20 to 36, musical theatres’ artists and senior high music schools students, are welcome to participate in the Project. On the basis of submitted   video recordings the Organizing Committee shall form the list of candidates for the Preliminary Selection. The Preliminary Selection shall be held in person in Moscow. Upon the Preliminary Selection the Organizing Committee shall form the final list of participants of the Project’s Main Competition.

In order to participate in the Project, the applicants from Russia and abroad shall submit an Application to the Organizing Committee by August 20, 2016, including:

  • performer’s CV with information on education;
  • participant’s photo in electronic form (the file name is to be composed of applicant’s first name and family name);
  • a video recording of a performance not less than 2 compositions (an aria from a foreign opera in the original language and an aria from a Russian opera);
  • a postal address, phone/fax, participant’s e-mail address.

The Application Form is to be filled in on Russia K TV Channel’s web site or sent at the Organizing Committee’s address: big-opera@tv-culture.ru
Please keep in mind that the Organizing Committee shall consider only the application forms that are filled in correctly and fully, and forwarded to the Project Organizing Committee within the deadline and according to the form specified in the present Regulations.


In each round of the Project the participants perform one, in some rounds two, musical works.
The musical program of the Project consists of: 

  • arias  and duets  from classic operas by Russian, Soviet, West-European and national composers (18th – 20th  century);
  • arias and duets from musicals, classic and Soviet operettas, Spanish zarzuelas;
  • Neapolitan songs, national folk songs (a cappella or with accompaniment), songs by Soviet composers, songs by national composers.

All the works are to be performed in the original language, from memory. Participants’ performances will be accompanied by a symphony orchestra.


The Project recordings will be held in Moscow within the period from late September through December, 2016. The recordings will be held in blocks. For the recording period of the Main Competition the Organizing Committee shall bear the travel and accommodation costs of non-resident participants. The Preliminary Selection will be held in presence in Moscow in early September. Non-resident applicants participating in the Preliminary Selection shall bear their own travel and accommodation costs. Participants in the Preliminary Selection and in the Main Competition shall be provided with an accompanist paid by the Organizing Committee.


The Organizing Committee reserves the right to use the photo, video and text materials sent by participants for providing them to Mass media representatives on request. 


The Organizing Committee
e-mail address: big-opera@tv-culture.ru
phone nr: +7 (495) 633 - 53 - 99