57th International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch
Opera | Oratorio
26 September - 5 October 2024
The International Vocal Competition (IVC) will organize the 57th edition of the competition in 2024, in which Opera and Oratorio are central. International singers compete for a total of € 45,000 prize money. The competition starts 26th September through 5th October 2024 in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Singers who wish to register for the competition must participate in the preliminaries via YouTube or via live auditions on location. Registrations open on 6th December 2023 via the IVC website.
The Opera | Oratorio competition alternates annually with the LiedDuo competition of the International Vocal Competition. The last edition of the Opera | Oratorio competition took place in 2022. Russian tenor Andrei Danilov won this edition. In addition to the competition rounds - participants also receive coaching sessions and master classes. The final is held on 5th October with the 'Philzuid' symphony orchestra, conducted by David Parry.
The jury consists of, among others, Roberta Alexander (soprano), Michael Chance (countertenor), Rosemary Joshua (soprano - head Dutch National Opera Studio), Pål Christian Moe (artistic administrator and casting adviser), Susanne Schmidt (casting director Opera Vlaanderen), Karen Stone (director Opera Europa), Monique Wagemakers (stage director). More names will be announced in the coming period.
Several prizes will be awarded, including the Grand Prix - which consists of a special medal and € 15,000. The Wagner Society Netherlands created the Wagner Prize worth € 5,000 to continue the training and further professional development of the winner. The Van Riemsdijk Prize worth € 3,500 is awarded to the participant who best interprets the compulsory piece Veronese's Green by composer Bart Visman in the version for symphony orchestra. In addition, several other prizes, such as the Young Talent Award for singers under 25, are awarded and various concerts and engagements are offered.
The IVC is a tough competition with a human touch, most aware of the pressures that young singers experience and strive to give every competitor – also the ones that do not win – a worthwhile experience that serves as an encouragement for the future. The IVC is an open community, a meeting place for all who work in and around opera, oratorio and Lied. The IVC also functions as a recourse center for young singers giving advice on problems they may encounter as well career counselling.