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

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.  

Age limit 52nd IVC 2018/2019
Female singers: born in 1988 or later
Male singers: born in 1986 or later

Pianists Lied Duo category 2019: born in 1983 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:

52nd IVC 2018 - Opera | Oratorio

Preliminary Rounds & Masterclasses | Łódź
5 & 6 February 2018 Preliminary Selections
7 & 8 February 2018 Masterclasses (organized by the Academy of Music, Łódź)
Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland
Application deadline: 20 January 2018

For more information on the Masterclasses on 7 & 8 February 2018,
please write an email to info@ivc.nu.


  • Roberta Alexander soprano
  • Annett Andriesen mezzo-soprano | general manager IVC
  • prof. dr hab. Urszula Kryger mezzo-soprano
  • Albert Bonnema tenor
  • prof.dr. Wojciech Maciejowski professor Academy of Music in Poznan
  • Jadwiga Rappé alto
  • Siebe Riedstra conductor | pianist | coach

Preliminary Rounds | Amsterdam

17 & 18 February 2018
Dutch National Opera & Ballet Amsterdam, Netherlands
Application deadline: 24 January 2018


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

Preliminary Rounds Ningbo, China
14 & 15 April 2018
Ningbo University, China
Application deadline: 20 March 2018

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

Preliminary Rounds | Sulmona
23 June 2018
Teatro Maria Caniglia, Sulmona, Italy
In participation with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)
Application deadline: 1 June 2018

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

Past Preliminary Rounds
2 & 3 November 2017
Ecole de Musique et Salle de Concert du Centre ARCA

Organized in partnership with Nei Stëmmen Luxembourg

IVC listens to (Attention: you need a Spotify account to be able to listen to music)