51st International Vocal Competition - Opera | Oratorio
9 - 16 September 2017


Hannah Bradbury. Finale 49ste IVC 2012

International Vocal Competition

In 1954 the International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch was founded in the historic city of 's-Hertogenbosch. 

52nd International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch
Opera | Oratorio
7 – 15 September 2018

52nd International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch
Lied Duo

21 – 24 November 2019
Applications open in 2018


The International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch is the sole classical vocal competition in the Netherlands that involves oratorio and art song as well as opera, with much attention also being paid to 20th century and to contemporary music. It is a unique cultural institution with long-standing connections to the province of North Brabant and to the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch.

The IVC is open to professional singers of all nationalities, who have completed their professional education or are currently in their final year and aim for a professional career or have an equivalent level of training. 

52nd International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch (IVC)
Opera | Oratorio 
7 – 15 September 2018

Age limit 52nd IVC
Female singers: born in 1988 or later
Male singers: born in 1986 or later
Participants are not younger than 18 years

Candidates wishing to enter the 52nd Competition must take part in one of the Preliminary Rounds:

Preliminary Rounds Luxembourg

  • Thursday, 2nd November 2017 | 14h00 - 21h00
  • Friday, 3rd November 2017 | 14h00 - 21h00

Ecole de Musique et Salle de Concert du Centre ARCA
Address: 17 rue Atert. L-8051 Bertrange, Luxembourg

Deadline for application 1 October 2017

Applications for the preliminary Rounds in Luxembourg have been closed.

In partnership with Nei Stëmmen Luxembourg


  • Roberta Alexander soprano
  • Annett Andriesen mezzo-soprano | general manager IVC 
  • Jennifer Larmore mezzo-soprano
  • Luisa Partridge-Mauro mezzo-soprano | artistic director Nei Stëmmen
  • Alexander Müllenbach pianist | composer | conductor
  • Siebe Riedstra conductor | pianist | coach



Preliminary Rounds & Masterclasses | Łódź

5 - 10 February 2018
Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland
Applications open 1 November 2017

Preliminary Rounds | Amsterdam
February 2018
Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Applications open 1 November 2017

Preliminary Rounds | 's-Hertogenbosch
25 & 26 May 2018
Theater aan de Parade 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Applications open 1 December 2017

Preliminary Rounds | Sulmona
23 June 2018
Teatro Maria Caniglia, Sulmona, Italy
In participation with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)
Applications open 1 December 2017

Preliminary Rounds via YouTube or DVD recording
May 2018
Applications open 1 December 2017

The management of the IVC and its Artistic Commission will decide whether prize-winners from other competitions may be admitted directly to the First Round.

Application fee Preliminary Rounds
Opera | Oratorio category: € 35

Accompaniment in the Preliminary Rounds 
Participants in the Opera | Oratorio category may bring their own accompanist.
If this is not possible, a pianist is provided by the IVC for an additional fee of € 25

Entry fee for the Competition proper
€ 130 Opera | Oratorio category
€ 150 Lied Duo category (per duo)
€ 200 Candidates who participate in both categories

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