Rules & Regulations

Registration conditions

Candidates must be between the ages 18 & 36;
Candidates must bring original scores or official sheet music.
If you have purchased your scores or sheet music online you must bring the receipt as proof of payment ( photo-copies will not be accepted for the competition).
Incomplete registration forms will not be accepted.
Candidates having previously won first prize in this competition may not
participate , but they may be invited to participate in the festival if they so wish.

Rules & Regulations
Candidates must satisfy all conditions and prepare ALL 7 pieces from EACH of the following categories

• “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 of any musical style)

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 13th 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 (any format ) containing at least two pieces chosen for competition
• Incomplete applications will not be accepted .
• postmarked the 18th of September at the latest
• registration fee of 70 euros by bank check, postal check or postal mandate (traveler’s checks or international money order is recommended for foreigners) ;
A list containing your selected repertoire including your name and voice type (for the pianist) .
All eventual changes in repertoire must be announced and accepted by the Artistic Director before the 3d of October.

Phase II: Semi- finals
Tuesday 25th of October 2022:
The semi-finals take place Tuesday the 25th at the Château of Vounant in Vivonne as part of the festival. Candidates must bring original sheet music or authorized scores for the pianists . Arrival of the candidates: All semi-finalists should be present Tuesday morning between 10 a. m. and 11 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 .
This elimination round will allow the jury to assess both the quality and range of voice, as well as the candidates interpretation .
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 charge and during the semi-finals ONLY. All candidates (without exception) will be accompanied in the finals concert by the pianist chosen by the association Vienne en Voix.
The list of finalists will be announced Tuesday evening , after the audition of all semi-finalists and deliberation of the jury . All candidates are invited to a reception with the press. The presence of all candidates is mandatory!

Phase III: The finals
Masterclasses / Coaching
Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th 2022
Individual coachings and Masterclasses will be organized for the candidates. All finalists are required to be present at the masterclasses .
Friday 28th 2022 at 8 p. m. in the Church St. Georges of Vivonne
Candidates must choose 2 pieces to perform from their repertoire list , with the consent of the Artistic Director, accompanying pianist and jury. (No two selections from the same category are permitted and must be in different languages. One selection in French must be offered.)
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 after deliberation of the jury. All finalists will receive a money prize, and for the following three years must include in their CV/biography the prize awarded in the competition .

Total prizes given 5,000 € :
The jury may award one or more prizes to a candidate in recognition of a particular talent. The balance of the prize money will be divided between the laureates. All finalists will receive a certificate .


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.
Evening dress is the minimum accepted for the finals concert of Friday.

Finding Vivonne:
VIVONNE, City in the department of « La VIENNE » (86)
near FUTUROSCOPE located 20 km south of POITIERS
Train SNCF, Poitiers – Bordeaux Change trains at Poitiers, connection to Vivonne by train or bus
Car /Bus, Bordeaux
Exit Poitiers Sud
National highway N 10, direction Angoulême – Bordeaux