International Vocal Competition ´s-Hertogenbosch
The International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch (Dutch: Internationaal Vocalisten Concours 's-Hertogenbosch, IVC) has been in existence since 1954. This biennial event is organised by the Stichting Muziekstad 's-Hertogenbosch. The IVC is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions; it is one of the most renowned music competitions in the world and is also the only classical vocal competition in the Netherlands. The IVC attaches great importance to the discovery, development and delivery of talent in the field of classical vocal music, in which not only opera but also oratorio and Lied play important parts. The IVC offers singers the chance to perform for casting directors, concert managements, impresarios, the media and a concert and theatregoing audience.
Alongside its competition the IVC also presents master classes, workshops, summer schools and concerts. Concerts are organised in collaboration with various organisations, these including Operadagen Rotterdam, the Grachtenfestival, the Peter the Great Festival, November Music and the Stabat Mater Festival. The IVC also provides much useful advice on repertoire, career possibilities, media management and audition tips.
The IVC has been instrumental in launching the careers of many internationally renowned singers, including Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Thomas Hampson, Petra Lang, Jard van Nes and Lenneke Ruiten but also Ileana Cotrubas, Viorica Cortez, Nelly Miricioiu, Jules Bastin, Wolfgang Schöne, Ruth Ziesak, Howard Haskin, Elzbieta Szmytka, Yvonne Minton, Measha Brueggergosman, Yevgeny Nesterenko and Vladimir Pankratov. Annett Andriesen, herself an opera singer and a prizewinner of the IVC in 1975, has headed the IVC since 2008.
The IVC is open to singers of all nationalities who have had conservatory training or have reached an equivalent level. However, there is an age cap of 31 for women and 34 for men. The competition has two categories: Opera, Oratorio/Lied. Competitors may only compete in one of the two categories.
49th International Vocal Competition 2012
The 49th International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch was held from 21 through 30 September 2012. Preliminary rounds were held from 17 through 19 September 2012.
Jury International Preliminary Rounds
- Lenneke Ruiten (soprano / First Prize IVC 2002)
- Miranda van Kralingen (soprano / artistic director Opera Zuid)
- Mary King (mezzo-soprano / teacher / BBC commentator), Eline de Kat (casting Opéra de Monaco)
- Boris Ignatov (casting Teatro Real, Madrid), Timothy Nelson (stage director / artistic director Opera Studio Nederland)
- President of the jury is Annett Andriesen (mezzo-soprano / teacher/ general manager IVC)
- Chairman: Ioan Holender (former intendant Vienna State Opera and currently advisor to the Metropolitan Opera a.o)
- Nelly Miricioiu (soprano)
- Peter Schreier (tenor / conductor)
- Sergei Leiferkus (baritone)
- Arnold Alons (casting Opera Toulouse and Santiago de Chile)
- Peter de Caluwe (intendant La Monnaie Brussels)
- Hein Mulders (de) (intendant of the Aalto Theatre Essen as of 2013)
- Jesús Iglesias Noriega (artistic administration De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam)
Candidates will be judged on musicality, understanding of style, choice of repertoire, quality of voice, presentation, intonation and potential.
A representation of the finest national daily newspapers and internationally acclaimed magazines will be present during the Semi Finals.
Young Persons' Jury
The Young Persons' Jury will consist of students from the Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg and pupils from St. Jans College.
- 1st Prize Grand Prix of the City of 's-Hertogenbosch € 10.000
- Arleen Auger Prize (All-round) € 5.000
- First Prize Opera € 5.000
- Margie Weideman First Prize Song € 5.000
- First Prize Toonkunst Oratorio € 5,000
- The Prize of the Province of North Brabant € 3.500
- Jeroen Bosch Prize € 2.500
- The Staetshuys Fonds Prize € 3.500
- Rabobank Audience prize € 2.500
- NTR Media Prize € 2.500
- Junior Jury Prize € 500
Further prizes in the form of engagements, laureates' concerts and Elly Ameling Liedcourse