May 27 to June 7, 2018

In 2018, the CMIM will hold its seventh edition dedicated to voice. Starting with this edition, the Competition will feature two divisions: Aria and Art Song. The online application, rules and conditions of particpation and general information and required repertoire are available by clicking on the link below. 

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Here is the pre-approved list of works for the Aria semifinals and finals.

 Aria List of works

Application deadline:
December 15, 2017

Age limit:
Born on or after January 1, 1983

Presided over by André Bourbeau, CMIM co-founder and president, the 2018 international jury for both Aria and Art Song divisions will include:

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  • Ben Heppner (Canada), tenor, three-time Grammy winner, and host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner on CBC-Radio;
  • Hartmut Höll (Germany), pianist and music professor specialized in art song accompaniment;
  • Soile Isokoski (Finland), opera soprano as well as concert and lieder singer;
  • Warren Jones (United States), world-renowned pianist and long-time member of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music as well as the Music Academy of the West;
  • Francois Le Roux (France), baritone and co-author of Le chant intime : De l’interprétation de la mélodie française;
  • Dame Felicity Lott (United Kingdom), world-renowned soprano;
  • Joseph Rouleau (Canada), internationally-renowned bass and CMIM cofounder; and
  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (New Zealand), world-renowned soprano and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Patron.

 

 

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Guest conductor

To be announced.

Prizes, Grants, & Awards

$260,000 in prizes, awards, and grants will be awarded at the CMIM Voice 2018

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ARIA

‘Jon Vickers’ First Prize
$30,000 offered by the Ville de Montréal

+ ‘Joseph Rouleau’ Career Development Grant 
 $50,000 funded by the Azrieli Foundation

‘Raoul Jobin’ Second Prize 
$15,000

‘Teresa Stratas’ Third Prize 
$10,000

SPECIAL AWARDS
Opera Aria Award
$5,000

Oratorio Award
$5,000

People’s Choice Award
$3,000

Best Canadian Artist Award 
$3,000 offered by the Bourbeau Foundation

Three (3) CMIM Grants for unranked finalists ($2,000 each)

 

PIANO

‘John Newmark’ Best Collaborative Pianist Award
$10,000

ART SONG


 
‘Léopold Simoneau’ First Prize
$30,000 offered by the John R. Stratton Trust 

James Norcop Career Development Grant
$50,000 

‘Maureen Forrester’ Second Prize
$15,000 offered by Colleen Sexsmith

‘Lois Marshall’ Third Prize
$10,000 offered in memory of Dr. Clive Mortimer

SPECIAL AWARDS
French Mélodie Award
$5,000 offered by Diane Loeb

German Lied Award
$5,000 offered by Arija and Clarence Stiver

Best Canadian Artist Award
$3,000 offered by the Bourbeau Foundation

People’s Choice Award
$3,000

CMIM Grant for the unranked finalist
$2,000

 

Selection process

All eligible singers may choose to apply to one or both of Voice 2018’s two divisions. The Competition consists of three rounds: first, seimifinal, and final rounds. A preliminary selection committee appointed by the CMIM will review and evaluate the video auditions. A maximum of 40 singers (24 for Aria and 16 for Art Song) will be selected to compete at Voice 2018. Note that some singers may be selected to compete in both divisions.

ARIA rounds

First round (at Bourgie Hall)
No more than 24 competitors will each perform a 15-minute programme with piano accompaniment. The12 singers who receive the highest scores from the international jury will move on to the semifinals.

Semifinal (at Maison symphonique)
12 semifinalists will each perform a 14-to-18 minute programme with full orchestras. The six (6) singers who receive the highest scores from the international jury will move on to the final round.

Final (at Maison symphonique)
Six (6) finalists will each perform a 14-to-18 minute programme with full orchestra. The prizewinners will be announced following the finals on June 7. 

ART SONG rounds

First round (at Bourgie Hall)
No more than 16 competitors will each perform a 15-minute programme of works for voice and piano. The eight (8) singers who receive the highest scores from the international jury will move on to the semifinals.
 
Semifinal (at Bourgie Hall)
Eight (8) semifinalists will each perform a 20- to 25-minute programme of works for voice and piano. The four (4) singers who receive the highest scores from the international jury will move on to the finals.

Final (at Bourgie Hall)
Four (4) finalists will each perform a half-recital of 30 to 35 minutes.  The prizewinners will be announced following the Aria finals on June 7.