Congratulations from us at Stenhammar Competition!

We are thrilled for Christina Nilsson! In the upcoming season, she will be stepping into the role of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, a role that signified her breakthrough at the Stockholm Opera six years ago.

From Christina Nilsson’s facebook page:

🚨Breaking News – Aida at The Metropolitan Opera House – March 2025🚨

It’s official!! I am making my debut as Aida next season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York together with a stellar cast 😻🎶🎉 I couldn’t be happier that my debut will be with my beloved Aida, the role I made my operatic debut with six years ago in Stockholm and that have brought me so much joy!! Ahh words a too small right now, I’m just so freaking excited 😅💃🏼♥️


Photo by Hilda Ståhl

The application period has been extended to March 3. Welcome!

Sopranen Christina Nilsson, som vann Stenhammartävlingen 2016, kan nu höras på Europas främsta scener och även på Kungl.Operan i både Tosca och Elektra under 2023. Christina debuterar i juni med Aida i Berlin.

Vi följer hennes karriär med stor spänning!

Läs hela artikeln från tidningen Opus: Christina-Nilsson-OPUS-116!

The application for WSIMC 2022 is now open. You can find information under current competition. Welcome with your application, and do not forget to look at the repertorie and the sheet music from Wilhelm Stenhammar.

Stenhammar Competition in June 2021 is cancelled! We had really hoped that it would be possible to arrange the WSIMC competition in June. Unfortunately, we still see a worrying spread of Covid-19, both in Sweden and abroad. Many countries still have closed borders and have also introduced costly PCR tests. The vaccine has also been delayed in many countries. In addition to all that, international flights are still going to a very limited extent. Therefore, it seems impossible that 70 singers, from 28 countries, could gather in Norrköping in June 2021. Due to the above details and restrictions, the WSIMC Board, has now decided to cancel WSIMC 2020/2021 and instead return to even years. We will therefore announce a new competition in June, 2022 with the schedule below.

Preliminary schedule

9 June Registration
10-12 June Round 1
13-15 June Round 2
16 June Rehearsal with finalists and The Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
17 June Final Concert

The application for WSIMC 2020 is now open. You can find information under current competition, the full program will be published later on. Welcome with your application, and do not forget to look at the repertorie and the sheet music from Wilhelm Stenhammar.

63rd WFIMC General Assembly 2019, held in Norrköping Sweden 8-11 May 2019, was launched at The Swiss Embassy in Berlin. Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition (WSIMC ) was represented by Sonja Stenhammar and Claes Egnell, hosts of the General Assembly 2019. Click here to continue reading!


Photo by WFIMC (left to right): Didier Schnorhk (President, WFIMC), Benjamin Woodroffe (Secretary General, WFIMC), Sonja Stenhammar (Founder & Artistic Director, Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition), Paul R. Seger (Swiss Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany), Claes Egnell (President, Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition)

Sonja Stenhammar is a member of the jury in the VL International Musical Competition this year. The competition is organized to honor Dr. Luis Sigall, and it is held in Viña del Mar, Chile, between November 9th to 16th 2018.

Olga Kondina, our jury member and famous opera singer and professor from St. Petersburg, has generously offered to hold a short “master class.” Here you can see some of the moments of this fantastic event (12.06.18).

© Photo: Tanja Volkova

Today is our last day of “The Week of Prizewinners”!
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And the Winner of Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition is …
He is young and handsome! He is very talented and charismatic tenor! His homeland is South Korea! Warmly greet our winner Yohan Kim!! Congratulations, dear Yohan!

And now is the time to know a little bit more about our winner. We hope that you will enjoy his answers. We were truly impressed by his words!

-How do you feel after winning our competition?

“When announcing the first place of competition, I was very surprised. Also, I could not believe my eyes while watching my name on the certificate of award. I doubt it and keep watching the certificate of award. I have won many competitions. But, this award is special to me. After I got the medical malpractice during wisdom teeth removal surgery 2 years ago, inflammation of my throat and jaw torment me. To remove the inflammation, I underwent the big surgical operation for 4 hours and received hospital treatment for one year. I practice a lot for recovery of my voice. I think that is why I got good performance. I am a Christian. I thank God for his grace and glory.”

-What does it mean for you to be on stage in front of an audience? / What inspires you?

“My joy in singing in front of an audience is not depending on my performance. I just want them to be happy with my song. So, I want to communicate with them and sing for them. I love the color of nature. I get the positive energy form natural landscape such as trees, flowers and green fields. With this positive energy, I sincerely sing a song.”

Final concert
Such heart touching words! Thanks a lot, dear Yohan! And thanks for such emotional performances (G.Donizetti, La Fille du Régiment; G. Puccini, La Boheme). Well done!

Congratulations and good luck in your future career!