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


Hannah Bradbury. Finale 49ste IVC 2012


The Competition will award the following prizes:


Prizes will be partially awarded after the semi-finals and partially after the final. 

The Competition will award the following prizes after the final: 

Grand Prix City of ’s-Hertogenbosch  € 7,500
Special award in the form of a medal and the above mentioned amount that will go to the winner of either the Opera or the Oratorio Prize. 

Opera Prize € 7,500   
The winner must have sung at least 4 opera arias during the Competition. 

Toonkunst Oratorio Prize € 7,500
The winner must have sung at least 4 oratorio arias during the Competition. 

Wagner Prize of the Netherlands € 5,000
The Wagnergenootschap Nederland has consciously chosen to create a prize that will continue the education and further professional development of the winner. This amount can also be used to cover the costs of participation in masterclasses given by a Wagner specialist. 

Young Talent prize of the Province of North Brabant € 3,500
The Young Talent Prize of the Province of North Brabant is awarded to a singer under the age of 25. The winner will be determined in the Semi-finals. 

Dioraphte Award € 3,000
The Dioraphte Award will be given to the participant who best performs the compulsory piece by Sylvia Maessen. 

Audience Prize € 1,500
The Audience Prize will be chosen by the members of the audience during the Finals. 

Netherlands Opera Prize € 2,500
For best Dutch candidate. The award is made available by www.operanederland.nl. The winner will be determined during the Semi-finals. 

Annett Concert Prize
A concert in the Chinese city Ningbo for two (semi)finalists.

The following prizes will be awarded after the semi-finals: 

Prize Association Friends of the IVC € 1,500 

Press Prize € 1,000
Awarded by the press jury. 

Junior Jury Prize € 500
Awarded by students in voice and music theatre. 

Various Laureates' Concerts and Engagements
Various concerts and engagements are offered by artistic directors and opera houses attending the competition if a role is available and appropriate quality is given.

  • Dutch National Opera
  • Dutch National Touring Opera 
  • Opera Zuid
  • Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Residentieorkest The Hague
  • South Netherlands Philharmonic
  • North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
  • Sinfonia Rotterdam

Further engagements: 

  • Bachfestival Dordrecht
  • Festival Musical Olympus Saint Petersburg
  • Operadagen Rotterdam
  • Dutch Händel Association
  • Bach cantata series ’s-Hertogenbosch
  • St Matthew Passion Heusden & Oisterwijk (14, 18, 19 April 2019)
  • St John Passion Oosterhout (14 April 2019)
  • Le Prix la Bonne Espérance (Koninklijk Mannenkoor La Bonne Espérance)
  • 'Opera & Brunch' concerts Theater aan de Parade 's-Hertogenbosch
  • Rotary Gala Concert Vught
  • 'Noten op de Noen' Helvoirt (17 February 2019)

More engagements to be announced

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