Saturday 11 September 2021 at 7pm,  Deakin Edge, Federation Square  POSTPONED

Regrettably, due to the Victorian Government’s extension of Melbourne’s ongoing lockdown, the RMP is not able to proceed with the postponed planned performances of Rutter’s Requiem, or the Final of the 2021 RMP Aria on 11 September as previously advised.
Having already lost so many weeks of rehearsal, and with contestants in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane currently unable to rehearse or collaborate with accompanists etc due to ongoing restrictions, the RMP committee have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the performance of Rutter’s Requiem, and to move the RMP Aria competition to an online format this year.
The competition will be postponed until mid-October to give as many of the singers selected as finalists as possible the chance to participate. The online event will be re-advertised and on sale from 24 September via the RMP website: www.rmp.org.au.
There will be several streaming options provided at different times for patrons who wish to tune in and watch.
All previously booked tickets to the event rescheduled for 11 September have been refunded via the Trybooking system. Refunds will be automatically sent to the account from which the original booking was made, and patrons should receive their refund within the next 48 working hours. Please contact us if this is not showing in your account by Tuesday 14th September.
If you wish to book for the October online event, you will need to rebook via the rmp website: www.rmp.org.au from 24 September.
The good news is that RMP is still planning to resume in-person performances in time for December, but like everyone else, we are waiting until restrictions are lifted on public gatherings to make this possible. We look forward to re-connecting with all our wonderful collaborators and supporters as soon as it is safe to do so.


Please note that due to the extension of Melbourne’s lockdown, the date of this event has now been postponed until Saturday 11 September. Subsequently, the deadline for entries to the 2021 RMP Aria has now been re-opened and extended until 5pm Friday 27 August, 2021.

Now firmly established as one of Australia’s most prestigious singing events, the RMP Aria is Australia’s pre-eminent competition for oratorio soloists. Previous winners now rank amongst the nation’s most successful concert artists, with many having gone on to spectacular international careers.

The Finalists of the 2021 RMP ARIA will battle it out for the chance to win thousands of dollars worth of cash, professional photography packages, language coaching and various other prizes – as well as future engagements with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic.

Each singer will perform a short program of arias and recitatives from the world of oratorio, accompanied on piano by outstanding pianist and RMP Principal Accompanist Stefan Cassomenos. A distinguished panel of judges will decide over $6000.00 worth of cash prizes, as well as other awards including language coaching and professional photographic packages and future performance opportunities with the RMP.

At the end of the Final, RMP Chief Conductor Andrew Wailes will direct a full scale performance of the RMP Oratorio Festival Choir, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble in a performance of  John Rutter’s beautiful  Requiem.

  • Please note that if due to Covid-19 restrictions the event is not able to involve a live audience, all tickets will be fully refunded and the final will be streamed online. Interstate applicants unable to travel due to border closures will be permitted to submit via video and these will be incorporated into the live event or online event as necessary. 

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED: 5pm on Friday  27th August 2021

1. Eligibility
The RMP Aria Competition is open to all classical singers, amateur or professional
Eligible entrants must be:
i) under 35 years at 11 September, 2021
ii) an Australasian citizen or current resident.

Any previous or current member of the RMP choir, or a previously engaged soloist with the RMP is still
permitted to enter the competion, provided they meet the two criteria above.

To enter, all singers must complete the official entry form and return it to the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic by email as soon as possible by 5pm on Friday 27th August 2021  DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM HERE
PLEASE EMAIL musicdirector@rmp.org.au for information. 

Phone enquiries should be directed to Andrew Wailes +61 (0)433 661 971, or by email:


Book tickets HERE
Please note, that there will be a comprehensive Covid-19 safety plan in place for this event. All attendees will be expected to check-in using the Victorian Government QR Code, and depending on Health Department regulations, masks may need to be worn, or social distancing observed. In the event of cancelation or no live audience being permitted, all tickets will be fully refunded.