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.

COMPETITORS

The competitors selected to participate in VOICE 2018 will be announced in March 2018.

JURY

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

  • Edith Bers (United States), soprano, chair of the Juilliard Voice Department and faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program;
  • Ben Heppner (Canada), tenor, three-time Grammy winner, and host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner on CBC-Radio;
  • 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;
  • François 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.

Click on their photo to read their bio. 

Prizes, Grants, & Awards

$265,000 in prizes, awards, and grants will be awarded at the CMIM Voice 2018

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ARIA

First Prize
$30,000 offered by the Ville de Montréal

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

Pierre Péladeau and Raymonde Chopin Second Prize
$15,000 offered by Québecor

Third Prize
$10,000 Offered by Stingray Classica

SPECIAL AWARDS
Opera Aria Award
$5,000 offered by Opéra de Montréal

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

50e OFQJ Award
$5,000 offered by the Office Franco-Québécois de la Jeunesse

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

 

 

GRAEME JENKINS


Photo credit: Karen Almond

 

My Opera Career has given me the chance of conducting masterworks across the entire repertoire: from the Italian baroque, most of Mozart’s stage works, the defining Operas of the 19th Century to the more contemporary of the 20th and 21st Century including Tobias Picker and Thomas Ades. I’m hoping that this experience will inspire candidates as we collaborate with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal to give world-class performances in front of a jury of great international talent.”

The British conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience in the field of Opera. Graeme Jenkins studied music at Cambridge University, conducting at the Royal College of Music with Norman Del Mar and David Willcocks. Straight from the Royal College of Music, he was appointed Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-91). He then spent 20 years as Music Director of the Dallas Opera (1994-2013) and was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Koln Oper (1997-2002).

As Music Director in Dallas, he conducted 60 productions including the transition into Lord Foster’s Winspear Opera House, which he opened with Otello in 2009. Other highlights there include Wagner’s Ring cycle, Wozzeck, Ariodante, Boris, Pique Dame, and Tristan. Most recently he conducted Manon there in 2016. Elsewhere in North America, he has worked for Opera Theater St Louis, Glimmerglass and the Canadian Opera Company. Maestro Jenkins has conducted in all five continents with most of the leading orchestras.

Most recently, he conducted Kat’a Kabanova at the Vienna State Opera, his 187th operatic production of 116 different works. Earlier in 2017, he made his debut with the Lisbon Opera conducting Tristan and Peter Grimes. In August 2017, he was in Glasgow with the RNSO and the Chinese Soprano Li ping Zhang recording a CD of Verdi aria for DECCA. In 2018, he makes his debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in California in a Haydn, Mozart, Bartok set of concerts.

Because of his wide repertoire he has been at the helm of several Singing competition finals, notably Cardiff, Toulouse, ARD (Munich), Neue Stimme in 2015 and in 2017. Graeme Jenkins is also a Choral and Orchestral conductor, renowned for his interpretations of Mozart, Richard Strauss and Britten.

 

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 semi-finals.

Semi-final (at Maison symphonique)
12 semi-finalists 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 semi-finals.

Semi-final (at Bourgie Hall)
Eight (8) semi-finalists 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.

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

 

Voice 2018 information

Aria List of work

Age limit:
Born on or after January 1, 1983