CONDITIONS Contestants Russian and foreign singers between 18 and 34 years old (on 1 January 1999) are invited to join the Competition. Application The application deadline is 1 March 1999 (as indicated by the postmark).

Applications should be sent to:
Russia 191025 St-Petersburg Nevsky ave., 65,
Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre "St-Petersburg Music-Lovers"
(Organising Committee of the Competition).
Tel/fax (812)3123675; Tel (812)2196204

Application should contain All papers should be submitted either in Russian or in English.
The contestant takes the full responsibility for the data brought forward to the Organising Committee's consideration.
The Organising Committee reserves the right to choose the candidates at the preliminary stage.
Each candidate whose participation in the Competition will be agreed will be informed in official procedure before 1 June 1999.
Each contestant should confirm his/her arrival to the Competition by telegram or by fax before 15 August 1999.
The Organising Committee retains the copyright on the information, photos, and audiovisuals to present it to mass-media.
All rights on audio- and video-recordings are reserved for the Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre "St-Petersburg Music-Lovers". Accompanists The Organising Committee can provide a service of an experienced accompanist to a contestant if applied before 1 March 1999.

In case if a contestant wishes to perform with his/her own accompanist, all the travelling and living expenses are covered by the contestant himself/herself.

If the service of an accompanist is provided by the Organising Committee, the contestant should send the notes of the compositions performed in the 1st and 2d Rounds before 15 August 1999.

Rehearsals The rehearsal rooms and time will be appointed for every contestant.

The orchestra rehearsal will be arranged for the contestants admitted for the 3d Round.

Admission fees Admission fee amounts to 75 US Dollars and is paid at the day of arrival to St-Petersburg; Russian contestants pay in the rouble equivalent according to the Central bank of Russia currency exchange rate. Accommodation Accommodation, legal support for the foreign participants (visa requests, etc.) and information services are provided by the Organising Committee. The visa could be issued at a Russian Consulate upon receiving a formal invitation.

Travelling and living expenses connected with the participation in the 1st Round are covered by the contestants themselves. Hotel accommodation of the participants of the 2d and 3d Rounds is paid by the Organising Committee.

The hotel accommodation could be reserved; the reservation should be informed before 15 August 1999.

The Organising Committee provides assistance in accommodating, attending the Competition events and cultural programmes for the accompanying persons, if requested before 15 August 1999. Expenses are not covered.

Concert clothes The 3d Round and the concert of the laureats are the white-tie occasion (i.e. the tail-coat or black suit for men and long evening dress for women are obligatory). Participation in the Competition requires the full acceptance of its conditions.