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!

Vera Talerko, who received both the First prize and the Audience prize in the WSIMC competition 2022,
has just made a brilliant debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper! Vera appeared in the world premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s
“Venere e Adonis”, directed by the Opera Director himself, as well as our juror, Georges Delnon, and chief conductor
Kent Nagano. A 70-minute long and strong drama – based on the myth – with a very sparse musical costume that
makes great demands on the international ensemble.

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!


Zaza Gagua, Bass, Georgien

Yohan John Ji, Baritone, Southkorea

Abigail Levis, Mezzosoprano, USA

Clarke Ruth, Bass, Canada

Marie Dominique Ryckmanns, Soprano, Tyskland/Frankrike

Emma Sventelius, Mezzosoprano, Sverige

Vera Talerko, Soprano, Lettland

Rebecka Wallroth, Mezzosoprano, Sverige



After 2 years with Covid-19, its finally time for competition!

An excellent opportunity to meet our coming opera stars!

Competition days,  June, 10-15 10.30-18.00  ( Free entrance)

Final Concert Friday 17 June 6 pm. with The Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and 8 finalists



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

Due to the continued spread of Covid-19, the current guidelines issued by health officials, and the restrictions introduced to eradicate the disease worldwide, Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition, has decided to postpone WSIMC 2020 to June 2021. This decision was taken by the WSIMC board April 17, 2020.

We are of course very disappointed by this development – we have been working very hard with all the planning for several months. But, it was with great satisfaction, we noticed, that our “pre-jury” had selected 70 excellent singers for the competition in June. We are therefore very pleased, to be able to offer, all the 70 selected singers, the opportunity to participate in the competition 2021 instead of 2020 and with the same rules and terms.

Preliminary schedule 2021

10 June          Registration

11-13 June     Round 1

14-16 June     Round 2

17 June          Rehearsal finalists and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra

18 June          Final Concert


It´s amazing that 120 singers, from around 30 countries, have signed up for WSIMC 2020!

We are also very happy to announce, that for the first time, the final concert on June 10, 2020, will be broadcast live in The Swedish Radio P2. In addition to that, all the competition days will be “streamed” on our website – which means that parents, teachers, friends and others,  can listen to “their” singers from all over the world. This is a big step forward into the future of the competition!