Rules & Regulations

Registration conditions

Candidates must be between the ages of 18 – 36;
Candidates must bring original scores, official sheet music or copies purchased online (with proof of payment). Other copies will not be accepted for the competition.
Incomplete registration forms will not be accepted.
Candidates having previously won first prize in the competition may not
apply again. We would be happy to invite first prize winners to participate as guest artists at future festivals.

Rules & Regulations
Candidates must satisfy all conditions and prepare ALL 7 pieces from EACH of the following categories by memory (exception oratorio)

• “Opera” category (4 Arias at least 1 in French and 1 in Italian)
• “Melody” category (1 French Mélodie) ;
• “Lied” category (1 German Lied) ;
• “Free Choice” (1 free selection)

The competition is in 3 phases :

Phase I: Application based selection :
Pre-selection will be based on both the application form and a recording; MP3, MP4, Internet links (youtube etc… ), CD or DVD which must be postmarked on or before the September 17th dead line.

Information and required documents
1 completed registration form (pdf)
1 identity card with date of birth (scan)
1 photograph (scan)
1 short artistic CV (biography)
1 recording containing at least two pieces from the list on the application in the approved formats. One of the recorded pieces has to be in French.
• Incomplete applications will not be accepted .
• Application must be postmarked by the 25th of September
• A registration fee of 70 euros by bank check, postal check or traveler’s checks or international money order must be paid only after receiving a confirmation email on or about October 2d. is recommended for foreigners) ; or per transfer onto the account of Vienne en voix, IBAN: FR76 1940 6000 3800 0805 2701 052  (BIC: AGRIFRPP894)
A list containing your selected repertoire including your name and voice type .
All eventual changes in repertoire must be announced and accepted by the festival organisation before October 8th.

Phase II: Semi- finals
The semi-finals take place Tuesday, October 22d in Vivonne. Candidates must bring original sheet music or authorized scores. All semi-finalists should be present Tuesday morning between 9 a. m. and 10:30 a. m. in order to confirm their audition times. Those who arrive early will be able to choose their times , those who arrive late will be assigned remaining audition times. All candidates must be present .

Candidates will be allowed to choose their first selection .
Pieces should not exceed 5 minutes. Should candidates choose pieces longer than 5 minutes, the piece must be edited in such a way that the essential difficulties are retained. After the first piece has been performed or the 5 minute limit reached, the jury is then free to choose other selections or parts of the chosen repertoire until the accorded audition time is over .
Duration of each audition : 10 minutes .
Candidates will be judged based on their vocal and musical capability, their
presentation and their interpretation .

Accompanying Pianists
Accompanying pianists are provided by the organizers free of charge for candidates. Candidates may be accompanied by their own pianist at their own expense but ONLY during the semi-finals. All candidates (without exception) will be accompanied in the finals concert by the pianist designated by the association Vienne en Voix.
The list of finalists will be announced after the semi-finals and deliberation of the jury Tuesday evening. All candidates are invited to a reception with the press. The presence of all candidates is mandatory!

Phase III: The finals
Masterclasses / Coaching
Wednesday 23d and Thursday 24th 2024
Individual coachings and masterclasses will be organized for the candidates. All finalists are required to be present for the masterclasses and individual coachings. It is important to be punctual!

Friday, October 27th 2023 at 8 p. m. in Vivonne
2 pieces will be chosen to perform from the candidates’ repertoire list , with the consent of the Artistic Director, accompanying pianist and jury. Selections must be from different categories and must be in different languages. One selection must be in French.
All finalists are required to be present at the beginning of the finals concert.
Candidates will be judged based on their vocal and musical capability, their
presentation and their interpretation. The awards ceremony will take place in the evening directly after deliberation of the jury. Prize winners are encouraged to include their awarded prize in their CV/biography.

Total prizes money 5,000 € :
The jury may also award one or more prizes to candidates in recognition of a particular talent. All finalists will receive a certificate .
In the case of a tie vote, the prize money will be divided equaly


Accommodation ;
Semi finalists should find and pay for their own accommodation. A list of possible accommodation will be sent. Finalists will have the possibility of being housed in by local families if so desired. If not, the finalists are free to pay for their own accomodations.

Dress Code :
Informal dress is accepted for the semi-finals and mastersclasses.
Formal evening dress is required for the finals concert on Friday.

Traveling to Vivonne:
VIVONNE, City in the department of « La VIENNE » (86)
near FUTUROSCOPE located 20 km south of POITIERS
BY TRAIN SNCF, Poitiers – Bordeaux (change trains at Poitiers) — the connection to Vivonne is by train or bus
BT CAR (or Bus) in the direction Bordeaux
Exit Poitiers Sud
National highway N 10, direction Angoulême – Bordeaux

download the rules & regulation (French) pdf
download the registration form / pdf

Festival international d’art lyrique de Vivonne
Vienne en Voix • BP 20014 • 86370 Vivonne (France)
Jeanne Rallet • Responsable du concours Tél : +33 6 80 13 56 33