“Music is a prayer. The Creator granted us the music to pray without words. Music is a must, as the air to life.”
Vera Kovač Vitkai

About the Competition

Singing competition “Vera Kovač Vitkai” was held for the first time in November 2014 at “Isidor Bajić” Music School in Novi Sad. Honorary member of the jury was prima donna herself, Professor MA Vera Kovač Vitkai.

Competitors can apply at registration page


Executive director
Marta Balaž

Artistic director
Florijan Balaž

Secretary general
László Vitkay – Kucsera

Matjaž Robavs

Matjaž Robavs was born in Ljubljana. He attended the Ljubljana High School of Music and Ballet, studying with Professor Marcos Bajuk. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where he studied with Professor Helena Lazarski. In 2000, he completed his post-graduate studies with Professor Robert Holl, receiving a Masters of Arts degree.

Matjaž Robavs has participated in many singing competitions and has received the following awards. In 1991 and 1993, he took first prize in the Slovenian national competition for young musicians. (He also won first prize in the last all-Yugoslav competition for young musicians in 1991).

In 1997, he took first prize in the European student competition for solo singers in Krakow, Poland and in the world student competition for young musicians in Tokyo, Japan. In 1998, he won first prize in the international singing competition Jugend musiziert in Leoben, Austria, and in 1999, he won the audience prize in the international competition Ada Sary in Poland. In 2000, he participated in the prestigious international singing competition S-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, taking first prize for the best solo interpretation and for the best singer in all categories.

Matjaž Robavs has performed at many international festivals: among others at the Salzburg Festival, Charintischer Sommer festival in the Austrian region of Carinthia, the Wratislavia Cantans (Poland), the international Baroque festival in Varaždin (Croatia), the Wexford Opera festival (Ireland), the Zommeropera Festival in Antwerp (Belgium), the Baden-Baden festival (Germany) and many more.

He has performed as a guest at opera houses in Zuerich, Klagenfurt, Schwerin, Vienna (Volksoper, Teater an der Wien), Ljubljana, Antwerp, Wexford, Salzburg (Salzburg Festival) and Frankfurt. He has played the following roles:

Schischkov (Aus einem Totenhaus, Janacek), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart), the speaker (Zauberflöte, Mozart), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart), Nr. Vier (Das verratene Meer, Henze), Ping (Turandot, Puccini), Vater (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck), Dottore Malatesta (Don Pasquale, Puccini), Dancairo (Carmen, Bizet), Švanda Dudak (Švanda Dudak, Weinberger), Germont & Baron Dauphol (La Traviata, Verdi), Schaunard (La Boheme, Puccini), Poliferno (Niobe, regina di Tebe), Kilian (Der Freischütz), Officier (Dialogues des Carmélites) und Haudy (Die Soldaten, Zimmermann).

He has worked with the following conductors: I. Metzmacher, T. Hengelbrock, B. Kontarsky, J. Reynolds, B. De Billy, K. Penderecki, P. Stangel, K. Kessels, U. Lajovic, V. Kranjčevič, L. Hemleb, R. Carsen, N. Brieger, D. Michieletto, R. Wilson, H. Akina.

He has performed on concert stages in Europe, Japan and Canada. He has recorded for Slovenian, Austrian, Belgian and Japanese television. He has four solo recordings: Slovenian love songs, Slovenian patriotic songs, Slovenian drinking songs and old Christmas songs. He sang the title role on the English company Naxos’ recording of the full-length opera, Svanda Dudak, the first recording of the opera in the Czech language.