Fourty nine participants from 20 nations fought for the prestigious prize which is presented by H.M Queen Sonja in Oslo. This year, German tenor Daniel Behle, who sang Mozart and Bizet in the final, won the first prize in addition to the prize for best Grieg-interpretation in the semi-final.
02/09/2005 :: Baryton Peter McGillivray from Canada won the second prize, and bass Insung Sim from Korea won the third place.
The Queen Sonja Competition is building an international reputation as an important event for young singers. The Competition is held every other year in cooperation with the Norwegian National Opera, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.
The 2005 finalists were: Peter McGilivary, baryton, Canada, Daniel Behle, tenor, Germany, Aileen Bramhall Itani, soprano, Ireland, Jekaterina Godovanets, soprano, Russia, Tae-Jin Park, tenor, South- Korea, Insung Sim, bass, South- Korea.