The first deadline for applications ends on October 16, and the second round of applications starts on Tuesday, October 17. Applications will be open until October 30.

We would like to inform you that the 20th International opera competition "Lazar Jovanović", organized by the Cultural element will be held from November 9th to November 12th 2023 at the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, located at Studentski trg 5, Belgrade.

We take this opportunity to invite you, as in previous years to respond to the invitation to the competition, as well as to ask you to share information about the competition with your colleagues and register your students for participation and the opportunity to win valuable prizes at the most prestigious opera competition in a country supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia.

All information, propositions, rules, jury members and prizes can be seen on the official website of the competition at:  www.takmicenjelazarjovanovic.com

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About the competition

The international opera competition "Lazar Jovanović" is one of the most important opera competitions in this part of Europe and the largest and most important opera competition in Serbia! It is intended for young artists ready to start their professional careers and to measure their knowledge, artistic qualities and show their talent in front of an authoritative international jury. It was founded in 2004 in honor of the famous Yugoslav tenor Lazar Jovanović and is held at the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment. Every year, the competition welcomes over a hundred participants from over ten countries. So far, some of the biggest names in the domestic and world music scene and pedagogy have appeared in the competition jury, and the winners of the competition have confirmed themselves as excellent musicians in recent years, conquering world concert podiums and opera stages.


About the organizer

The Cultural element is an artistic association founded in 2011 in Belgrade, which brings together a large number of young artists, actors, dancers and musicians, top professionals in their fields. Together, they form one of the most eminent art groups, which has so far realized dozens of projects across the country. The members of the Cultural element have a common goal, which is to contribute to the popularization of culture and art in this area with their education, energy and experience. By carefully selecting the members, a quality team has been created that is capable of creating something new and creative, while nurturing tradition and respecting the cultural heritage that has been given to us. Open to the modern, in constant connection with tradition, the Cultural element creates new art forms, nurtures the cultural work of ancestors and educates younger generations, directing them in the ways of culture and art.

Apply Now!

Before applying, please check and study the programme description of your interest. Each description has its specific paragraph about the application process and a link to the online application platform. Fill in the online application form, upload the necessary documents and check your mailbox regularly.

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