31st August – 2nd September 2022

Montecatini Terme Italy

General Director: Lorenzo Lavarini

Artistic Director: Maria Giulia Grazzini


Application Regulations

The Cultural Association “Il Parnaso”, in the name of its Artistic director Maria Giulia Grazzini and in collaboration with the Municipality of Montecatini Terme, is staging the 7th International Opera Competition “M.O.A.” for Opera singers of all vocal registers and nationalities. The competition will take place from 31st August to 2nd  September 2022 in Montecatini Terme (Italy), a famous Spa-town in the heart of Tuscany which offered hospitality in the past to the great composers of Italian opera such as Verdi, Leoncavallo and Puccini.

Article 1 – The Jury

Maria Giulia Grazzini, Artistic Director “Montecatini Opera Festival” and “M.O.A.” – Montecatini Terme (President of Jury)

Mario Menicagli, General Director “Teatro Goldoni” – Livorno

Paolo Cuccaro, Artistic Director “Taranto Opera Festival” – Taranto

Daniel Serafin, Artistic Director “Oper im Steinbruch” – St. Margarethen

Carlo Ponti, Music and Artistic Director “LAV Orchestra” – Los Angeles

Dulat Tokanov, Artistic Director “ABAY Kazakh National Opera Theatre” – Almaty

Christian Carlstedt, Casting Staatsoper Hannover, Bühnen Bern, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, NTR Zaterdag Matinee, Casting-Consultant Komische Oper Berlin

Article 2 – Prizes

To the winners will be offered concerts and engagements by the partners of the M.O.A. if the quality is sufficient and convincing.

Concerts and engagements in the opera season 2023
“Teatro GOLDONI” Award
Concerts and/or roles in a production of the opera season 2023
Masterclass “Mascagni Academy” 2023

Concerts and/or roles in a production of the opera season 2023
Concerts and/or roles in a production of the opera season 2023
One concert in the season 2023
“ABAY Kazakh National Opera Theatre”Award
Invitation to “OPERALIA International Festival of Classical Music” September 18th 2022
“ROTARY CLUB Distretto 2071” Award
2 scholarships
Dr.Christian Carlstedt will offer an audition for a role at one of the Theaters he represents


– Diploma of the Jury to the youngest talent

– Diploma of the Jury to the best interpretation

– Diploma of the Jury to the best Verdi’s voice

– Diploma of the Jury to the best Puccini’s voice

A certificate of attendance will be given to all participants.

Article 3 The programme of MOA Competition

The competition will take place as follows.

Candidates admitted to the Competition must meet on 31st  August 2022 at 09:00 a.m. at Cinema Teatro Imperiale, Piazza d’Azeglio 5, Montecatini Terme.

The Artistic Director and the Jury will decide in what order the candidates should perform.

The preliminary round is closed to the public and will be held on Wednesday 31st August from 10:00 a.m. onwards. Each candidate must sing 1 free choice aria among the presented ones, performed in original language and key. The Jury may listen to all or part of a second aria selected from the list prepared by the candidate.

The semi-finals are closed to the public and will be held on Thursday 1st  September from 10:00 a.m. onwards. Applicants must submit 1 aria in the original language and key chosen by the Jury among the free choice arias (not already performed during the preliminary round) + 1 duet chosen by the Jury among the panel of required arias and duets.

The finals are open to the public and will take place as a Gala performance with the Montecatini Opera Festival Orchestra conducted by Maestro Stefano Seghedoni. They will be held on Friday 2nd  September at the Tettuccio Spa in Montecatini Terme at 9:30 p.m.

In the finals, candidates must sing 1 aria chosen by the panel of required arias. The Jury may also request to perform a duet from those required.

Formal dress is required.

The reharsal of the finalists with orchestra will take place on Friday 2nd September at 11:00 a.m. (time to be confirmed).

The Jury will allow participation to the successive rounds with a simple indication of suitability.

The final judgment will instead be expressed with a numerical points system resulting from the average marks given by individual jury members. In the event of a tie, the Chairman of the Jury’s vote will prevail. The final results will be announced at the end of the Gala concert on Friday 2nd September.

All decisions of the Jury are final.

Article 4 – Music programme

All candidate must present: 2 arias of their choice + 2 arias chosen from the required repertoire + 1 duet chosen from the required operas. 

Once the program has been sent it cannot be changed.

Required Arias 


Ah! Non credea mirarti (La sonnambula) 

Quel guardo il cavaliere (Don Pasquale) 

Una voce poco fa (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) 

Caro nome (Rigoletto)

Quando me’n vo (La Bohème)

Regnava nel silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor)

O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi) 

Tu che di gel sei cinta (Turandot)

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La rondine) 

Sì, mi chiamano Mimì (La Bohème)

Un bel dì vedremo (Madama Butterfly)

È strano (La traviata) 

Mezzosoprano Habanera (Carmen)

Stride la vampa (Il trovatore)

Voi lo sapete, o mamma (Cavalleria rusticana)

Acerba voluttà (Adriana Lecouvreur)

O mio Fernando (La Favorita) 


Una furtiva lagrima (L’elisir d’amore) 

Dei miei bollenti spiriti (La traviata) 

Che gelida manina (La Bohème)

La donna è mobile (Rigoletto)

Addio fiorito asil (Madama Butterfly)

E lucevan le stelle (Tosca) 


Largo al factotum (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

 Come Paride vezzoso (L’elisir d’amore) 

Di Provenza il mar il suol (La traviata) 

Cortigiani vil razza dannata (Rigoletto)

Cruda funesta smania (Lucia di Lammermoor)

 Votre toast (Carmen)

O Carlo ascolta (Don Carlo) 


Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Don Giovanni)

Udite, udite o rustici (L’elisir d’amore) 

O tu Palermo (I vespri siciliani) 

Vecchia zimarra (La Bohème)

La calunnia è un venticello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

Required duets from: 

Le Nozze di Figaro

L’Elisir d’amore

La Traviata

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

La Bohème

I racconti di Hoffmann


Competitors must bring the scores of their chosen pieces.

Article 5 – Registration

The Competition is open to male and female Italian and foreign opera singers who are aged 18 or over on 31st August 2022.

Please send all applications via email to the M.O.A. Administration (info@montecatinioperacademy.com)

Please enclose the following with your application:

· A completed application form (available to download from our website www.montecatinioperacademy.com )

· A photocopy of your passport / I.D. document

· Proof of payment of the application / Competition fee: € 120,00 (not reimbursable).

Students who attended MOA Masterclass 2022: € 70,00 (not reimbursable).

· A recent photography (JPEG format)

· An up-to-date copy of professional resume (maximum two pages) in Italian or in English Application deadline: 23:59 (GMT + 1) on 20th August 2022 (candidates submitting late applications will be excluded from the competition).

The application procedures may be modified at the Director’s discretion.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application implies the acceptance of all regulations. 

Article 6 – Payment

The payment of the application fee can be made by: 


-Bank transfer

Recipient: Associazione culturale Il Parnaso, Viale Guido Baccelli 10, 7 – 51016 Montecatini Terme (PT) Account number: 000000605479

Branch: Credito Cooperativo della Valdinievole – Montecatini Terme, (PT) – 51016 Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, Italy

IBAN: IT58D0800370462000000605479 BIC: ICRAITRR030 Reference: MOA Competition 2022: registration fee

Candidate (name and surname).

A copy of confirmation of payment should be included with the application. The application will not be considered valid if the fee has not been paid, and the application will not be considered by the examining committee even if complete in all other respects.

Participants are responsible for the cost of transport and accommodation. Prices for accommodation in our partner hotels are available on request.

Article 7 – Final points

The Cultural Association “Il Parnaso” reserves the right to film and record all competition activities for performances  using  videotape,  tape,  CD-DVD,  films,  Internet  use,  Radio  and  TV,  with  no  obligation whatsoever towards any of the participants. Participation in the Competition implies full consent for the use of images and sound from events from the entire course, and prize performances for eventual radio, TV or Internet broadcasts, with no rights or fees of any kind being paid under any circumstances.

Article 8 Data controller and persons responsible for the processing of personal data

The data controller is the Cultural Association “Il Parnaso. In compliance to the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 the candidate’s personal data will be collected and processed solely for the purposes of the current selection as well as for similar future selections.

Article 9

The above regulations are published in Italian, English and Russian. In case of controversy only the Italian version should be considered valid.

Application deadline: 20th August 2022

Make sure you apply on time!