Judging Criteria

During the prescreen and the live auditions the singers will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Beauty/ Quality of Tone

  • Beautiful clear timbre, focused, not breathy
  • Negotiates passaggio well
  • Sound is not pushed or manufactured


  • Voice is well supported in all registers
  • Excellent intonation
  • Difficulty of repertoire
  • Good flexibility


  • Excellent diction
  • Performer clearly understands every word they sing
  • The text is interpreted in a sensitive manner


  • Sensitive use of dynamics
  • Excellent rhythm & tempo
  • Phrasing follows the text and makes sense vocally
  • Musicianship supports and enhances interpretation
  • Awareness of interaction with accompanist

Stage Presence

  • Overall impression of performer