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

Press release


51st International Vocal Competition - Opera | Oratorio

11 August 2017 Opera stars Cheryl Studer, Jennifer Larmore and Sergei leiferkus members of the international jury

51ste IVC 2017 - Opera Oratorium

51st International Vocal Competition
Opera | Oratorio division
9 – 16 September, 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven

From 9 till 16 September the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands will once again be the seat of the International Vocal Competition (IVC). Following the Lied Duo Competition that was held with great success in 's-Hertogenbosch last year, this year will feature the Opera | Oratorio division of the competition. Around 60 singers will be taking part this year, having been selected from over 600 applications from 59 countries. There is a total of € 32,500 in prize money as well as various engagement prizes to be won during the competition.
The 51st session of the IVC will this year be held in various locations in 's-Hertogenbosch and the final round will be held on Saturday 16 September in the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven.
The competition programme this year will also include master classes by such internationally renowned singers as Cheryl Studer, Jennifer Larmore and Sergei Leiferkus. A Lieder recital will also be given by the Japanese mezzo-soprano and previous IVC winner Mitsuko Shirai, together with her husband, pianist Hartmut Höll.


The jury of the Opera | Oratorio division is made up of a combination of renowned singers and representatives of the opera and concert worlds. It includes legendary soprano Cheryl Studer, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, tenor Zizheng Yu (University of Nanjing, China) and baritone Sergei Leiferkus, opera consultant Pieter Alferink, Joel Ethan Fried (director of artistic administration, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Jesús Iglesias Noriega (head of artistic administration, Dutch National Opera) and Eva Wagner-Pasquier (opera management, prev. Bayreuth Festival). Chairman of the jury will be Nicholas Payne (director of Opera Europa).


First Round
Sat 9 September • 10.30am – 7.00pm | Sun 10 September • 10.30am – 7.00pm
Theater aan de Parade, 's-Hertogenbosch

Tue 12 September  • 11.00am – 7.15pm, Theater aan de Parade, ’s-Hertogenbosch

with the philharmonie zuidnederland conducted by Kenneth Montgomery
Sat 16 September • 7.00pm • Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven

Workshop, Master classes, Lied recital and Family concert
Workshop Dutch composer Monique Krüs
Composer of the IVC Commission and set work Lunam, ne quidem Lunam
Mon 11 September  • 4.00pm, Willem Twee Concertzaal, ’s-Hertogenbosch

Lied recital & Master class Mitsuko Shirai mezzo-soprano & Hartmut Höll pianist
Wed 13 September  • 7.30pm, Theater aan de Parade, ’s-Hertogenbosch

Master class Jennifer Larmore mezzo-soprano and Sergei Leiferkus baritone
Fri 15 September • 2.00pm • Theater aan de Parade, ’s-Hertogenbosch

Master class Cheryl Studer soprano
Fri 15 September • 7.30pm • Theater aan de Parade, ’s-Hertogenbosch

Family concert ‘Kids Time’
Francis van Broekhuizen soprano
Sat 16 September • 11.00am, Muzerije, ’s-Hertogenbosch


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