's-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition


The International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch (IVC; Dutch: Internationaal Vocalisten Concours 's-Hertogenbosch) is a music competition for classical singing founded in 1954. It is the only classical vocal competition in the Netherlands that also focuses, besides opera, oratorio and Lied.

This biennial event is organised by the Stichting Muziekstad 's-Hertogenbosch. The IVC is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions since 1959. 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 She has since been replaced by Ivan van Kalmthout.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.

List of notable IVC alumni[]

Year Edition 1st Prize 2nd Prize
1954 1 Annette de la Bije, Aukje Karsemeyer, Hans Wilbrink, Frans Meulemans Henriëtte Willems, Tim Jacobs
1955 2 Eva Bornemann, Jean Capiaux Arjan Blanken, Willem van der Sluys, Haasteren van Albert
1956 3 Elly Ameling, Adna Graham, Halina Lukomska, Ladeslav Mraz George David Galliver, Günther Wilhelms
1957 4 Maria van Dongen Valerie Cardnell, Ranken Bushby, Derek Stroud
1958 5 Elisabeth Simon, Ranken Bushby Halina Slonicka, Maria Antonietta Sighele, Aurelio Estanisko, Bernard Kruysen
1959 6 Arthur Loosli, Zofia Janukowicz, Mariëtte Dierckx Maya Breier, Lia Rottier, Juliana Falk, Djurdjevka Cakarevic, Harold Gray
1960 7 Karoly Schmidt, Lisé Arséquet, Irene Mierzwiak, John Wakefield Sigurdur Björnsson, Bert Olsson
1961 8 Thomas Carey, Yvonne Minton, Alfons Bartha Olga Maddalena, Karin Oster, Margaret Duckworth, Kenneth John Bowen, Hendrik Smit, John Wiles
1962 9 Jules Bastin, Zofia Anna Wilma Julijana Anastasijevic, Frederick Gersten, Richard Novák
1963 10 Dan Iordachescu, Margaret Duckworth Rina Cornelissens, Eva Debrowska, Lucienne van Deyck, Jean Jacques Schreurs, Antoni Dutkiewicz, Peter Leeming
1964 11 Janka Békas, Borena Kinas-Mikolajczak Marie Hayward, Anne Malewicz-Madey, Geoffry Shovelton, Patrick Costeloe
1965 12 Viorica Cortez, Ileana Cotrubas, Siegmund Nimsgern Faith Pulston Jones, Pompeiu Harasteanu
1966 13 Marina Krilovici, Ludovic Spiess Ana Maria Miranda, Norma Lerer, Marco Bakker
1967 14 Louis Williams, Stefanka Popangelova Sally Le Sage, Heljä Angervo, Nigel Wickens, Josef Loibl
1968 15 Hans-George Dahmen, Csilla Zentai Angela Beale, Wendy Eathorne, Ria Bollen, Oriel Sutherland, Ilie Baciu
1969 16 Maria Slatinaru, Else Paaske, Walker Wyatt Leslie Johnson, Karl Markus, Hubert Waber, Maurice Brown

54th International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch 2021 - LiedDuo[]

The 54th Competition will be held from 16 – 21 November 2021 at various locations in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly, award winner of IVC, will be Jury President of the 54th 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. The total prize money of the competition amounts to € 20,000. 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 Sarah Connolly, the International Jury includes Christoph Prégardien, tenor Howard Haskins, pianist Charles Spencer, pianist Roger Vignoles and Concertgebouw Amsterdam programmer Mirjam Wijzenbeek (Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam).

For the first round, the candidates send in a YouTube video. The video jury panel consists of Roberta Alexander (soprano), Jard van Nes (mezzo-soprano), Henk Neven (baritone), Hans Eijsackers (pianist) and Reinild Mees (pianist). IVC director Ivan van Kalmthout is the jury chairman.

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