Viva Classic Live - Vocal Competition
1. General Conditions
3. The Competition
4. Programme & Repertoire
1. General Conditions
1.1. The 2023 Viva Classic Live Vocal Competition (VCLVC or “the Competition”) will take place in Mönchengladbach and Venlo, between 28 Augustus to 6 September 2023 inclusive.
1.1a. The Vocal Competition in 2023 has one category: Opera
1.2. The Competition is open to singers of all nationalities who:
a. are born on 7 september 1994 or later (max. 29 years);
b. are not younger than 18 years;
c. have completed their professional education or are currently student of a conservatory an equivalent level of training;
d. are from Limburg or North Rhine-Westphalia (relationship with the region through origin, residence, study or work, actual or in the past).
1.3. Singers wishing to enter the Competition must take part in the VCLVC First Round by submitting video registrations of two arias of own choice in two different languages and two different style periods, accompanied by piano (YouTube or Vevo weblinks).
Deadline: Friday July 21, 2023 (midnight)
1.4. All decisions of the jury shall be final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding its decisions.
1.5. The timetable of the competition is the following:
Friday July 21, 2023
Application deadline First Round (until midnight)
Monday 28 or Tuesday 29, August 2023
Second Round: live audition and two masterclasses in Theater Mönchengladbach
Monday 28 | 14.00 – 21.30 hrs
Tuesday 29 | 11.30 – 17.30 hrs
Masterclasses by Eva Maria Westbroek (vocal) and/or Sybrand van der Werf (scenic)
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Grand Final at Viva Classic Live / Theater De Maaspoort, Venlo.
10.00 – 12.00 hrs | Individual rehearsal with pianist
15.00 – 17.00 hrs | Joint rehearsal with orchestra
20.00 – 22.00 hrs | Final: Live performance with Orchestra by finalists at Viva Classic Live Grand Final
Competition schedule subject to change
2.1. Applications can only be made via the online registration form of the VCL Vocal Competition. The application is only definite after the Participant has paid the application fee and submitted all required information and documentation correctly.
2.2. Application and entry fee:
Payment and inscription deadlines for the first rounds are announced on our website.
Application fee is € 25 (incl. free entry at the Viva Classic Live Grand Finale)
The entry fee will not be refunded to Participants who withdraw from the Competition after acceptance.
3. The Competition
3.1. If the applicant gets through to the next rounds of the Competition, he/she will be informed about the exact schedule in due course.
3.2. The sequence of performances by the participants will be decided by the Competition.
3.3. The masterclasses in the second round are an integral and compulsory part of the Competition.
3.4. The members of the Jury of the Competition are the following:
Sef Thissen, Baritone and initiator of Viva Classic Live (chairman of the jury)
Hector Sandoval, Internationally renowed tenor
Andreas Wendholz, Opera director of Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach
Shortly, we will present a fourth, female, member of the jury
3.5. Participants shall not communicate with jury members during the Competition, nor shall any other person communicate with the jury members on behalf of any competitor. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification from the Competition.
3.6. Following the Semi-finals, each candidate not selected to go through to the Finals, may request a jury report.
3.7. Should a participant be a regular student of one of the members of the jury, the latter will abstain from the jury deliberations in his or her respect.
3.8. The jury has the right not to grant a prize.
3.9. The Finals are open to the public. Therefore, appropriate evening dress is advised for the Grand Final.
3.10. All participants entering the Competition proper shall provide the organisation with legible (not annotated) copies of the sheet music of their complete repertoire before 11 August 2023 via the online application portal.
3.12. The organisation cannot provide photocopying facilities during the Competition.
4. Programme & Repertoire
4.1. The Competition is divided into three Rounds: First Round, Second Round and the Grand Final.
4.2. Repertoire First Round:
Video registration of two Arias of own choice in two different languages and two different style periods, accompanied by piano;
Short motivation letter explaining the relation of the candidate with Limburg or or North Rhine-Westphalia through origin, residence, study or work, actual or in the past.
4.3. Repertoire Second Round:
Live performance of three Arias accompanied by piano;
Candidates make a program of six arias, at least three different languages and three different style periods, of which at least one aria by Mozart;
During the semi-final, the candidate may start with an aria of their choice and the jury will then select 2 more arias.
4.4. Masterclasses Second Round:
Participation in one or two Masterclasses will be an integral part of the semi-finals
4.5. Repertoire Grand Final:
Live performance of two Aria’s accompanied by orchestra
Candidates who are admitted to the Viva Classic Live Grand Finale may choose one aria from their Semi-Final program, the second aria from the Semi-Final program will be chosen by the jury.
4.6. The arias must be performed in the original language and for the various voice types authorized key.
4.7. The arias must be sung from memory.
The Competition awards the following prizes:
The Competition 2023 awards the following prizes in cash:
1st Prize € 1,500
2nd Prize € 1,000
3rd Prize € 500
In addition the Competition 2023 awards the following prizes in kind:
Willy Caron Trophy
Special Award for the 1ste place: The "Willy Caron Trophy", named after the famous opera singer from Venlo.
Opera Compact Award
Development prize for the 1ste place: a role in a future Opera Compact production
Opernstudio Niederrhein Award
Development prize for the 2nd place: participation as a singer in the festive opera gala "Homage to Maria Callas" in the Krefeld and Mönchengladbach Theaters on November 25 and 26, 2023.
Incentive awards for the 3nd – 5th place: free tickets for classical music and dance performances in the Maaspoort and Krefeld-Monchengladbach Theatres. Invitation for Masterclasses with the participants of the Opernstudio Niederrhein. Both in cultural season 2023-’24.
6.1. The Competition will supply the following:
a) Free lunch and refreshments during the semi-finals (live auditions and two masterclasses)
b) Free lunch, dinner and refreshments during the finals at the Open-Air-Concert. Participants who prefer hotel accommodations must make their own arrangements and cover the costs themselves. A list of hotels can be mailed upon request
6.2. Candidates participating in the semi-finals can practice with the pianist for 30 minutes prior to the audition. Prior to the grand finale, there is also a rehearsal with orchestra.
6.3. Participants of the Second Round not selected to proceed to the Grand Final are welcome to attend and to participate as audience for the Grand Final and the Open-Air-Concert. Ticket reservation can be done at the VCL secretariat until 4 pm on 1 september. Only finalists receive 2 free tickets for their family / friends to attend the Open-Air-Concert.
6.4. Following the competition, an exploratory interview will be held with each finalist to explore opportunities for further talent development, performances and engagements in the Euregio RMN.
7.1. The obtaining of appropriate travel documents, visas and insurance is the sole responsibility of each competitor. The Competition accepts no liability of any kind whatsoever for any personal illness or injury sustained by the competitor, nor for loss or damage to a competitor’s belongings during transit or while at the competition. Medical costs, of whatever nature, will not be reimbursed by VCL. A doctor will be on call for the duration of the Competition in case of any medical emergency.
7.2. Participants must refrain from all professional engagements or duties during the Competition. Exceptions can only be made at the discretion of the IVC directorate.
8.1. By submitting the application form through the website, applicants state their agreement:
a) with all articles in the regulations;
b) with all ensuing engagements as part of any prize.
c) that all concert and recording engagements obtained by the Competition or its designates as part of the prizes will not be subject to any fee payable to the prize-winner’s current or future artist management;
d) that the competition is authorized to record, videotape, film, broadcast, or photograph any Competition concerts or events for any purpose, without payment of any fee. All rights, including copyright in such media shall vest in and be owned by the Competition in perpetuity. Photographs or video recordings cannot be made by any other parties without prior written permission of the IVC.
8.2. All rights reserved. Programme subject to change.