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The International Vocal Competition '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 with two categories: Opera, Oratorio and LiedDuo. 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. The IVC also provides advice on repertoire, career possibilities, media management and auditioning.
The IVC has been instrumental in launching the careers of many internationally renowned singers (see List of notable IVC alumni). Annett Andriesen, herself an opera singer and a prizewinner of the IVC in 1975, was head of the IVC from 2008 until 2018. She has since been replaced by Ivan van Kalmthout.
The IVC is open to singers of all nationalities who have had conservatory training or have reached an equivalent level. The competition has two categories: Opera/oratorio and Lied Duo. For Preliminary Rounds, Rules & Regulations see the IVC website.
The 53rd Competition will be held from 20 – 24 November 2019 at the 'Theater aan de Parade' venue in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Soprano Dame Felicity Lott will be Jury President of the 53rd International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch (IVC), category LiedDuo.
The IVC offers young and talented singer-pianist duos the chance to perform for an international jury, casting directors, concert managements, impresarios, the media and public. This year’s prize money amounts to more than € 13,000 and various engagement prizes are offered. The IVC is open to singers and pianists of all nationalities. Candidates for this year’s competition can apply for several live First Round auditions or submit their application via YouTube.
Besides Jury President Dame Felicity Lott, the International Jury includes prominent musicians such as mezzo-soprano Jard van Nes, baritone Thomas Oliemans, pianists Graham Johnson and David Selig, and programmer Mirjam Wijzenbeek (Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam).