52nd International Vocal Competition - Opera | Oratorio
7 - 15 September 2018


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


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.

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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.  

Age limit 52nd IVC 2018
Male singers: born after 16 September 1985
Female singers: born after 16 September 1987

Participants are not younger than 18 years 

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

25 & 26 May 2018
Theater aan de Parade 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Application deadline: 25 April 2018


  • Roberta Alexander soprano
  • Annett Andriesen mezzo-soprano | general manager IVC 
  • Albert Bonnema tenor
  • Brian Masuda pianist | coach
  • Roger Smeets baritone | Conservatorium Maastricht

>> Apply for the live auditions in 's-Hertogenbosch <<


Preliminary Rounds via YouTube or DVD recording
Jury viewing sessions in April/May 2018
Application deadline: 17 April 2018
Singers who reside in the Netherlands or in Belgium cannot participate in the Youtube preliminary rounds, unless the Direction of the IVC indicates otherwise.

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

Previous Preliminary Rounds
2 & 3 November 2017
Ecole de Musique et Salle de Concert du Centre ARCA, Bertrange, Luxembourg

6 February 2018
Academy of Music, Łódź, Poland

17 & 18 February 2018
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam, Netherlands

14 & 15 April 2018
Ningbo University, China
Application deadline: 31st March 2018

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