The 19th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition

The 19th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition will take place from 8th to 15th May 2021. The 19th edition of the Competition will be held on May 8-15, 2021 in Nowy Sącz (Poland). Applications for the competition can be sent until December 30, 2020.

The Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition is one of the two largest international competitions for opera singers in Poland, held regularly every two years since 1985. It was in Nowy Sącz, on the competition stage, that artists such as Piotr Beczała, Andrzej DobberMilijana NikolićAnna SimińskaAnna Lubańska, Aleksandra Kubas-KrukHanna-Elisabeth MüllerAdriana FerfeckaHubert ZapiórMiriam Albano and Arnold Rutkowski began their careers.

We would like to draw your attention to the new application rules of this edition. 




Starting receiving applications


Deadline for receiving applications


Announcement of the list of eligible competition participants


Submission of application forms by qualified competition participants


Draw to determine participant's' order of performances


Competition Opening


Stage I


Stage II


Rehearsal with the orchestra for the finalists


Stage III


Awards Ceremony and Winners Gala Concert



  • 1st prize in each group - the equivalent of € 5,000
  • special prize for the best performance of a piece by W.A. Mozart
  • special prize for the best performance of a piece by a Polish composer
  • Ada Sari’s prize for the best coloratura soprano
  • prize for the best accompanist


ADA SARI (1886-1968)

Polish coloratura soprano, Ada Sari, was born under the name of Jadwiga Szayer on June 19th, 1886 in Wadowice, Poland. Three years later her father was appointed mayor of Nowy Sącz, where Jadwiga took singing, piano and foreign language classes. She returned there after studying in Cieszyn and Krakow. Between 1905-1907, she took singing lessons in the Countess Pizzamano’s private school in Vienna, then in Milano with Professor Antonio Rupnick.

In 1909, she debuted at the Teatro Nazionale in Rome with the part of Marguerite in Ch. Gounod’s Faust and accepted the artistic pseudonym of Ada Sari. In the following years she performed in: Milano (Teatro Dal Verme), Naples (Teatro di San Carlo), Alexandria, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Lviv, Krakow, Vienna, and Warsaw. In 1923, she performed the part of Queen of the Night at the Teatro alla Scala in W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte under Arturo Toscanini’s direction. In 1928, she sang a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York. After the War, between 1945-1947 she taught singing at the State Higher School of Music in Krakow, and later at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw, where she received the title of Professor. She died on July 2nd, 1968, in Aleksandrów Kujawski in Poland. 

Ada Sari gained worldwide fame. She performed under the baton of such brilliant conductors as Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni and Arturo Toscanini. On stage, she sang alongside Beniamino Gigli, Mattia Battistini, Titta Ruffo, Tito Schipa, Fyodor Shalyapin, Leonid Sobinov and Aureliano Pertile. Fritz Kreisler and Pablo Casals accompanied her performances.

Ada Sari was a teacher who really transplanted the great school of Italian singing onto Polish ground. She served as tutor to: Halina Mickiewiczówna, Vittoria Calma, Bogna Sokorska, Maria Fołtyn, Barbara Nieman, Janina Głodzińska “Stano”, Zdzisława Donat, Jerzy Karolus, Urszula Trawińska-Moroz and many other outstanding figures of the Polish vocal artistry.