The Associazione Culturale Arcipelago

International Opera Competition Jole De Maria, 7th edition


May 9-11/2019  


9-10th of May - Museo della Città di Tivoli – Piazza Campitelli

May 11 - Convitto Nazionale Amedeo di Savoia Duca D'Aosta - Piazza Garibaldi -

   Registration of January 2

€ 60 until January 31

€ 70 until February 28

€ 80 until March 31

€ 90 until April 20

€ 100 as of April 21 with registration deadline May 4

Soon the Regulations on our web site


ART. 1
The competition will take place in Tivoli (Rome), 9 to 11 May 2019 and will consist of 3 phases:  one day of Elimination, a Semi-Final and the Final. The first phases will be held daytime at the Museo della Città di Tivoli – Piazza Campitelli. The last test will take place in the evening in the Convitto Nazionale Amedeo di Savoia Duca D'Aosta - Piazza Garibaldi - in form of gala concert. In one day 8 May) the pianist M° Leonardo Angelini and M° Fabio Centanni will be available at the location of the Competition prior mandatory reservations.

ART. 2
The competition is open to singers of all vocal registers and of all nationalities. Participants must demonstrate that they have legal age at the date the Competition will take place. There is no age limit.

ART. 3
Participation in the competition is subject to:

  • A) pay a registration fee of € 100.00 (one hundred euro) not refundable (except the non-celebration of the competition due to force majeure not depending by the will of the organization) by bank transfer to the following coordinates:  BANCA DI CREDITO COOPERATIVO DI ROMA SOC.COOP. A R.L.,       IBAN IT89F0832703227000000006700       BIC ROMAITRRXXX    payable to “Arcipelago Associazione Culturale” specifying the following: name, social security number and "registration to the International Opera Contest Jole De Maria VII ed."In case of serious difficulties in making the payment, upon agreement with the organization, the participation fee can be accepted  directly before the singing test.
  • B) the provision of the following documents:
    1. the filled application form (use microsoft word) in all the required fields, with autograph signature and date. The lack of regular subscription formula for authorization to the processing of data will prevent the person concerned to be admitted to the tests. Informations on the proposed program must be detailed and precise. Otherwise, the registration will not be considered valid.After the expiration of the term of registration, no adjustments to the program presented will be accepted;
    2. documentation of money transfer for registration;
    3. a recent photo;
    4. a short curriculum of musical studies, prizes awarded and professional activities (in Italian or English);
    5. a copy of an official document (passport mandatory for non-Eu citizens)

The material submitted by the participants will not be returned under any circumstances.
The sending of the application form will confirm the full knowledge and unconditional acceptance of all the rules of this announcement and of the Jury’s decisions.

ART. 4
Submission of an entry as per Art. 3 can take place:

  • A. as pdf. file via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • B. by sending a registered mail to the following address: “Secretariat: Ass. Culturale Arcipelago, via 1° Maggio 35, Fonte Nuova (RM) 00013 Italy”, by registered letter with return receipt (the postmark will make faith and on the receipt must appear the name of the candidate).

For the admission to the Competition membership shall be made no later than May 4, 2019.
Not be taken into account the applications submitted by mail that will arrive after May 8, 2019 excluding those accepted at the discretion of the Artistic Director, after documentation indicating a serious impediment.

ART. 5
The candidates are required to be on May 9, 2019 at the Museo della Città di Tivoli – Piazza Campitelli at 10:00, for the appeal and for the order call. It will not be sent any notice of the call. Competitors who are absent will be excluded from the competition; the Artistic Director will reserve the right to admit any straggler; but only before the draw of the execution order.
Competitors may attend the drawing and the preliminary will start immediately after.
The candidates will present themselves, in all tests, following the order established by the drawing, which cannot be changed, otherwise will be excluded from competition

ART. 6
All 5 arias of operas, indicated in the registration form, Italian or foreign, will be performed in original language and tonality, from memory, full of recitative and cabaletta.
During the Qualifying Round, the candidate will perform:

  • an aria of his choice from those indicated in the application form
  • an aria requested by the Jury from those indicated in the application form.

Contestants will perform an aria of their choice, but during the elimination phase, the Jury can have the right to interrupt the performance of the competitor, after the execution of the first track.

During Semifinal and Final candidates will perform:

  • two arias chosen by the Jury amongst those indicated in the application form, that will be executed in full.

All competitors must bring with them all tests scores for voice and piano of the pieces chosen for the program.
The art direction will require participants to send the scores of operas - Italian or foreign - about the tracks they propose.
The finalists will perform in concert formal dress.

ART. 7
The Association will provide the piano accompaniment of the participants.
In the first two phases, Preliminary and Semifinal, each contestant may be accompanied, at its expense, by a pianist of his trust, this must be stated on the registration form. In the final competitors will be accompanied only by pianist of the Competition.
On May 8, the pianist will be available at the location of the Competition (10:00/13:00 and 15:00/ 18:00) prior mandatory reservations by sending an e-mail to the Competition Secretary. The test exercise will take place as a rule in the order of booking.

ART. 8
Travel, food and accommodation will be afforded entirely by the competitor.

ART. 9
Those who, by sending the necessary certification, attesting to have won the 1st prize of an International Opera Competition  in the last three years, go straight through to the semi-final.
The winners of the our first three awards of past three editions will not be able to attend the Competition.


ART. 10
The Selection Committee will consist of five prestigious personalities of the music world, among which will be appointed a President and a Secretary. The Jury may decide to make use of the Musical Director or a Head of organizational to perform the functions of Secretary or substitute in case of serious impediments of one of the Jurors. Voting will take place by secret ballot. The decision of the Jury will be final and will be made known to the candidates at the conclusion of each of the three stages of the competition. The list of candidates admitted to the next test will be made public immediately after the fulfillment of bureaucratic obligations, May 9 and 10, by posting it at entrance of the place of the trials, and will be also published on the website and on Facebook. In no case will be notified by phone.

ART. 11
Can not participate in the Competition people who have a family relationship with one or more judges or organizers. In the event that a competitor is a student of a member of the jury, the member has the obligation to inform and to abstain from voting for that competitor. This abstention will be mentioned in the minutes.
The abstained Commissioner will be replaced by the Artistic Director or his delegate, previously identified.
In case of a false declaration, the competitor will be disqualified and must return the prize eventually won while the Juror will be paid 50% of the attendance fee: even if the deception emerge within one year from the conclusion of the

ART. 12
The Commission's judgments will be expressed in YES / NO in the Elimination and Semifinal and in 10th in the Final. In case of serious disagreement, the President's vote is double.

In case of a tie, the prizes will be divided equally.
All finalists will receive a Certificate of Merit.


ART. 13
The winners will be awarded the following prizes:
1st Prize: Euro  2.000,00 
2nd prize: Euro 1.000,00
3rd prize: audition at the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari
With unquestionable decision of the Jury, the prizes may not be assigned or assigned in part.

Singers deemed worthy will be invited WITHOUT AUDITION to attend the "Mascagni Opera Studio" of the Teatro Goldoni Foundation in Livorno.

Certificate of Merit will be awarded to the winner of the public prize
Certificate of Merit at the best Conservatory for bringing the largest number of competitors in the final (minimum three).
Certificate of Merit for the best singing teacher for bringing the largest number of competitors in the final (minimum two).



ART. 14
The President, the Commissioners of the Competition, the Artistic Director and the Head of organizational reserve the right to contact for future artistic collaborations competitors they deem appropriate for this purpose.

ART. 15
The organization reserves the right to film and record, without time limit, the Final without any compensation to the participants that, by signing the application form, hereby expressly agree to transfer free of charge to the organizers of the competition any right to use and economic exploitation of such recordings.

ART. 16
The Associatione Culturale Arcipelago reserves the right to make changes to this announcement that may be necessary for technical or organizational reasons, and to interpret it in via authentic, final and unappealable. For everything not included in these regulations, will decide the organs of the organizing.

ART. 17

The Tivoli Forum is competent In the event of a legal dispute, and the text of these Rules shall be valid in Italian.

ART. 18
The Archipelago Cultural Association is signatory of an insurance policy with the Compagnia Assicurazioni Generali for civil liability during all phases of the Contest. No responsibility or liability for any additional risks or damages of any kind that may arise during the Competition.

Art Director: Irene Bottaro, mezzosoprano