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The 55th International Vocal Competition Opera | Oratorio: apply now!


Applications Open for Opera | Oratorio Competition Netherlands 2022

Auditions via YouTube & live in Amsterdam, Monte-Carlo, Łódź or ’s-Hertogenbosch

The 55th International Vocal Competition (IVC), Opera | Oratorio category, is held 23rd June to 2nd July 2022 in 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven, Netherlands. International singers compete for various prizes, including the main prize: the Grand Prix, Opera Prize, Toonkunst Oratorio Prize, Young Talent Award and the Dutch Wagner Prize.
Singers who wish to register for the competition must participate in the preliminaries via YouTube or via live auditions on location. Registrations are open and go through the IVC website. 
In addition to the competition rounds - participants also receive coaching sessions and master classes. The final is held on July 2nd in Eindhoven with the South Netherlands Philharmonic conducted by Hartmut Haenchen.

Prizes 2022
Several prizes will be awarded, including the Grand Prix - which consists of a special medal and € 15,000. The Dutch Wagner Society created the Wagner Prize worth € 5,000 to continue the training and further professional development of the winner. The Van Riemsdijk Prize worth € 2,500 is awarded to the participant who best interprets the compulsory piece Vermeer's Gold by composer Bart Visman in the version for symphony orchestra. In addition, various other prizes are awarded (see IVC website) and various concerts and engagements are offered. 

Jury 2022
The jury consists of, among others, Deborah Polaski (soprano), Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo-soprano), Javier Menéndez (opera director of Seville) and Damià Carbonell Nicolau (head of artistic affairs Dutch National Opera).

Preliminary rounds: dates, locations, deadlines
29 & 30 January 2022 | Amsterdam | Deadline registration: 4 January 
25 & 26 February 2022 | Monte-Carlo | Deadline registration: 26 January 
14 March 2022 | Łódź (Poland) | Deadline registration: 23 February
2 & 3 April 2022 | 's-Hertogenbosch | Deadline registration: 1 March 

Singers can register via the IVC website:

The last edition of the Opera | Oratorio competition took place in 2018. Canadian tenor Josh Lovell won this edition. He also won the Opera Prize. The Toonkunst Oratorio Prize was won by Rosina Fabius and Claire Barnett-Jones won the Wagner Prize. Other laureates include Elly Ameling, Thomas Hampson, Pretty Yende and Dame Sarah Connolly.


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