52nd International Vocal Competition - Opera | Oratorio
8 - 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
8 – 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.

Legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will be Jury President of the 52nd edition of the International Vocal Competition (IVC) ‘s-Hertogenbosch, category Opera |Oratorio. This prestigious Competition will be held from 8 – 15 September 2018 in Theater aan de Parade in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. 

Hartmut Haenchen will lead the Finals with the South Netherlands Philharmonic. “We are proud to present Dame Kiri as our Jury President and to welcome conductor Hartmut Haenchen to be involved in the competition and conduct the Final”, Annett Andriesen, director of IVC commented.

The IVC offers young and talented singers  the chance to perform for an international jury, casting directors, concert managements, impresarios, the media and public.
This year’s total prize money amounts to € 45,000 and various engagement prizes by Opera Houses and Symphony Orchestras are  offered. The IVC is open to singers of all nationalities. 

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. 

The Competition includes master classes, media training, feedback from jury members, career development, travel refund for (semi-)finalists and accommodation at host families, ingredients that make up this unique and internationally renowned event.  

Besides Jury President Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the International Jury includes prominent singers such as mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzovic, countertenor Andrew Watts,  bass Robert Holl, tenor Zizheng Yu (Ningbo University, China) as well as Nicholas Payne (director of Opera Europa),  Joel Ethan Fried (Artistic Director Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Jesús Iglesias Noriega (head of artistic administration Dutch National Opera), Eline de Kat (artistic coordinator Opéra de Monte-Carlo) and Evamaria Wieser (Salzburger Festspiele). In November 2019 the 53rd International Vocal Competition Lied Duo will be held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

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