Competition notice and Regulation

The  Associazione Culturale Arcipelago


International Opera Competition “Jole De Maria”, 9th edition 

Guidonia Montecelio (Rome)

2024 May 8th-10th 

Teatro Imperiale - Piazza Giacomo Matteotti

in support of Cancer Research

registration deadline 2024 April 30th 


ART. 1

The competition will take place in Tivoli (Rome), from 11th to 13th May 2023 and will be divided into three phases:

- May 8th, Elimination (closed doors);

- May 9th, Semi-Final ( closed doors);

- May 10th, Gala Concert of finalists (open doors) during which the winners will be announced.

The tests will take place at the Estensi Stables - Piazza Garibaldi - Tivoli

ART. 2

The prizes will be:

-1° prize of € 2000 (two thousands)

-2° prize of € 1000 (one thousands)

-3° prize of € 500 (five hundred)

The most deserving Finalists may also be awarded a special prize: audition for Tosca by Giacomo Puccini that the Association Amintore Galli will organize at the Theater Amintore Galli of Rimini.

Singers will also be able to receive an opinion on their performance and preparation, speaking directly with the members of the Commission at the end of their test.

With the unquestionable decision of the Commission of selection, the roles and the prizes they may also not be assigned.

COMMUNICATION OF ANY HEARINGS AND TRAINING OF THE CAST will not take place at the end of the Competition, but will be made known individually afterwards, by phone or mail from the Secretariat.

The finalists' diplomas will be delivered during the gala concert. A Diploma of Merit will be awarded to the winner of the public prize. A Diploma of Merit will go to the best singing teacher for bringing the greatest number of competitors in the Final (minimum two)

ART. 3

The competition is open to singers of all vocal registers and of all nationalities. Participants must demonstrate that they have reached the age of majority of 18 at the date the Competition will take place. There is no age limit.

ART. 4

Participation in the competition is subject to:

A) payment of a registration fee equal to: €100(one hundred)

Registration fees, which are not refundable (except the non-celebration of the competition due to force majeure not depending by the will of the organization), must be paid by bank transfer to the following coordinates:


IBAN: IT89F0832703227000000006700 BIC  ICRAITRRROM   payable to

“Arcipelago Associazione Culturale” specifying the following: name, social security number and “Registration to the International Opera Contest Jole De Maria X 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, otherwise the singer will not be able to participate.

B) the provision of the following documents:

1. the filled application form//modulo-iscrizione in all the required fields, including a detailed description (title aria, opera and composer) of the arias presented with autograph signature and date. The lack of a 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) no more than one page and no photo.

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.

APPLICATION FORM//modulo-iscrizione

ART. 5

Submission of the registration as per Art. 4 can take place:

. A. sending a pdf. file via e-mail at:

B. sending a regular 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).

Registration must be made no later than April 30th, 2024

Will not be taken into account the applications submitted by mail that will arrive later than April 30, 2024 (the postmark will make faith) excluding those accepted at the discretion of the Artistic Director, after documentation indicating a serious impediment.

ART. 6

Competitors are required to present themselves at the Teatro Imperiale - Piazza Matteotti- Guidonia Montecelio, according to the meeting time which will be communicated by email two days before of the beginning of the Competition together with the rehearsal schedule with the pianists.

Competitors absent at the agreed time will be excluded from the Competition; the director Artistic reserves the right to admit any latecomers. Rehearsals with pianists will be made, upon reservation to be indicated in the registration form, (morning or afternoon) on the 11th for the Eliminatory and on the 12th for the Semifinal.

The candidates will present themselves in all the tests in the established order which will never be possible be modified, under penalty of exclusion from the Competition.

ART. 7

Competition Program:

- 5 arias taken from the Italian or foreign opera repertoire to be indicated in the registration form, performed in the original language and tonality, by heart, complete - where required - by recitative and cabaletta, appropriate to the vocal register for which they were written.

During the preliminary rounds the candidate will perform:

• an aria chosen by him from among those indicated in the registration form

• one at the request of the Jury among those indicated in the entry form.

Competitors will perform the chosen aria in its entirety only during the Preliminary phase and the Jury will have the right to interrupt the competitor's performance after the execution of the first song.

During Semifinal candidates will perform:

• one or more arias chosen by the Jury amongst those indicated in the application form. The Jury will have the right to interrupt the competitor's performance after the execution of the first song.

All competitors must bring with them all test scores for voice and piano of the pieces chosen for the program. The scores must be in good grafic conditions. 

During the Final round the candidate will perform an aria chosen by the Commission, among those indicated in the registration form. The Artistic Direction may ask the participants to send the scores of the lyric works -Italian or foreign - relating to the pieces they offer.

The finalists will perform in concert formal dress.

ART. 8

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 the pianist of the Competition.

ART. 9

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

ART. 10

Those who, by sending the necessary certification, attesting having won the 1st prize of an International Opera Competition in the last three years, go straight through to the Semifina. Also the winners of our previous editions may participate in the competition.


ART. 11

The Selection Committee will consist of prestigious personalities of the music world, among which will be appointed a Secretary. Voting will take place by secret ballot according to the rules established in the Internal Regulations.

The Jury's decision will be final and will be made known to the candidates at the end of each of the three phases of the Competition. The lists of those admitted to the next round will be made public immediately afterwards the fulfillment of bureaucratic obligations, on 8 and 9 May, by posting at the entrance to the test site and will be published on the website and on Facebook. In no case will they be communicated by telephone: will be ignored phone calls and emails about it.

ART. 12

Before taking office, the members of the Commission will declare that they are not in a position of  incompatibility with any competitor (kinship within the 4th degree, professional or educational relationships with the exception of any Masterclasses). If one of these conditions is in place, the member concerned will abstain from vote and this will be recorded.

In case of false declaration, the competitor will be disqualified, and will refund any prize money, even if the deception emerges within a year from the conclusion of the Competition.

ART. 13

The Commission's judgments will be expressed according to the Internal Regulations. In the event of a tie, the number of performances or the cash prizes will be divided equally. All Finalists will receive a Certificate of Participation.


ART. 14

The Management reserves the right to contact for future artistic collaborations i competitors they deem suitable 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 organization.

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