54th International Vocal Competition
Opera | Oratorio
28 Nov - 6 Dec 2020
's-Hertogenbosch

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Jury
Pål Christian Moe
jury president

Deborah Polaski
soprano

Vesselina Kasarova
mezzo-soprano

Yue Liu
bass
professor Central Conservatory of Music Beijing

Vincent Boussard
stage director

Hein Mulders
intendant Oper, Philharmonie, Essener Philharmoniker

Damia Carbonell Nicolau & Rosemary Joshua
Dutch National Opera Amsterdam

Vesselina Kasarova


The 54th edition of the International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands will be held 28 November – 6 December 2020 with young and talented singers, performing Opera and Oratorio. ’s-Hertogenbosch is known for its medieval architecture, peaceful canals and plentiful museums. Every year it also becomes a home for some of the most promising vocalists on the planet, who compete for the coveted Grand Prix ’s-Hertogenbosch.

The jury includes prominent singers, such as Vesselina Kasarova, Deborah Polaski, Yue Liu, as well as artistic leaders Hein Mulders (Intendant Essen), Damià Carbonell Nicolau and Rosemary Joshua (Dutch National Opera). Being successful on the opera stage doesn’t depend on singing beautifully alone. That's why, for the first time and as one of the few singing competitions worldwide, the IVC is including a stage director in the jury, Vincent Boussard. Jury President is international casting consultant Pål Christian Moe (Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival). Hartmut Haenchen conducts the South Netherlands Philharmonic in the Grand Final. During the Competition there will also be a Workshop by the Dutch composer of the compulsory work Bart Visman, as well as other Masterclasses by members of the jury.

This year’s total prize money amounts to € 42,000 and various engagement prizes are also offered. Special prizes for performance of repertoire by Richard Wagner and for young talent under the age of 25. Candidates are being qualified during several Preliminary Selections worldwide.

The IVC opens doors to the international opera and concert stages by offering singers the chance to perform for an international jury, casting directors, impresarios, media and the opera-loving public. And may the best win!

Preliminary Selections:

  • 11 February 2020, Academy of Music Łódź, Poland
  • 29 & 30 August 2020, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Video auditions via YouTube, deadline 12 August 2020