The competition takes place at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. In the first round every Lied-Duo will appear with a 20-minute program (repertory A). This round must include at least five minutes with a Lied in Danish.
In the second round, the semifinals, there is a maximum of eight performing duos, and the program (repertoire B) has for each Duo a length of 30 minutes. This round must also contain a minimum of five minutes with Danish language Lied.
In the final, it is expected that there are four participating duos, all of which will receive an award. The program here has a length of 20 minutes. This program may contain up to 10 minutes of music from the first round (repertory A) supplemented by an additional 10 minutes of new repertoire. And in the finale it is required a minimum of five minutes performance of a Lied in Danish.
All contest participants disclaims copyright to their action. Parts of the competition will therefore be transmitted on radio and television, posted on the web or added to (not commercial) recording.
Age Limit for each of the performers in the duo is on the first competition day 35 years. It costs no fee to enter the competition. The selected duos must be paid DKK 1.000 deposit within five days of the selection. An amount that will be refunded upon attendance when the competition starts.
A pre-jury will select the 12 duos from the submitted sound recordings thus qualify to enter the competition.
The pre-jury will also have the opportunity to select 3 duos who are invited to the competition – in the case of withdrawal from the preliminarily selected. 14 days before the start of the competition the selected Lied-Duos will decide their repertoire, however without necessarily divided into repertory A and B and the Finale program.
The programme for the competition shall consist of 60 minutes of music of which at least 15 minutes must be in the Danish language. 12 duos perform in the first round: each duo with a programme of 20 minutes (repertoire A), of which at least 5 minutes must be in the Danish language.
8 duos perform in the second round: each duo with a programme of 30 minutes (repertoire B), of which at least 5 minutes must be in the Danish language.
4 duos perform in the final round: each duo with a programme of 20 minutes, of which at least 5 minutes must be in the Danish language. In this round 10 minutes of music can be from repertoire A.