May 29 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.

Voice 2018 Official programme

Laureates

Mario Bahg
Mario Bahg
South Korea
First Prize & Opera Aria Award
Tenor
Aria
John Brancy
John Brancy
United States
First Prize & French Mélodie Award
Baritone
Art song
Emily d'Angelo
Emily d'Angelo
Canada-Italy
Second Prize, Radio-Canada People's Choice & Best Canadian Artist Awards
Mezzo-soprano
Aria
Julien Van Mellaerts
Julien Van Mellaerts
New Zealand-United Kingdom
Second Prize & German Lied Award
Baritone
Art Song
Konstantin Lee
Konstantin Lee
South Korea
Third Prize
Tenor
Aria
Clara Osowski
Clara Osowski
United States
Third Prize and Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
Mezzo-soprano
Art Song
João Araújo
João Araújo
Portugal
‘John Newmark’ Best Collaborative Pianist Award
Pianist
Art Song

Finalists

Gemma Summerfield
Gemma Summerfield
United Kingdom
Soprano
Art Song
John Brancy
John Brancy
United States
Baritone
Aria
Mikhail Golovushkin
Mikhail Golovushkin
Russia
Bass
Aria
Andrew Haji
Andrew Haji
Canada
Tenor
Aria

COMPETITORS

Mario BAHG
Mario BAHG
South Korea
Tenor
Aria
John BRANCY
John BRANCY
United States
Baritone
Aria & Art Song
Pianist : Peter Dugan
Rihab CHAIEB
Rihab CHAIEB
Canada/Tunisia
Mezzo-soprano
Aria & Art Song
Chanhee CHO
Chanhee CHO
South Korea
Bass
Aria
Kidon CHOI
Kidon CHOI
South Korea
Baritone
Aria
Emily D'ANGELO
Emily D'ANGELO
Canada/Italy
Mezzo-soprano
Aria
Axelle FANYO
Axelle FANYO
France
Soprano
Art Song
Suzanne FISCHER
Suzanne FISCHER
United Kingdom
Soprano
Art Song
Pianist : Jonathan Ware
ByeongMin GIL
ByeongMin GIL
South Korea
Bass
Aria
Mikhail GOLOVUSHKIN
Mikhail GOLOVUSHKIN
Russia
Bass
Aria
Andrew HAJI
Andrew HAJI
Canada
Tenor
Aria
Anush HOVHANNISYAN
Anush HOVHANNISYAN
Armenia
Soprano
Aria
Dilyara IDRISOVA
Dilyara IDRISOVA
Russia
Soprano
Aria
Ruslana KOVAL
Ruslana KOVAL
Ukraine
Soprano
Aria
Satriya KRISNA
Satriya KRISNA
Indonesia
Tenor
Art Song
Pianist : Felix Justin
Oleksandr KYREIEV
Oleksandr KYREIEV
Ukraine
Baritone
Aria
Konstantin Lee
Konstantin Lee
South Korea
Tenor
Aria
Lauren MARGISON
Lauren MARGISON
Canada
Soprano
Aria
Marie-Andrée MATHIEU
Marie-Andrée MATHIEU
Canada
Mezzo-soprano
Aria
Mihail MIHAYLOV
Mihail MIHAYLOV
Bulgaria
Tenor
Aria
Cécile MUHIRE
Cécile MUHIRE
Canada
Soprano
Aria
Anna-Sophie NEHER
Anna-Sophie NEHER
Canada/Germany
Soprano
Art Song
Petr NEKORANEC
Petr NEKORANEC
Czech Republic
Tenor
Aria
Christina NILSSON
Christina NILSSON
Sweden
Soprano
Aria
Clara OSOWSKI
Clara OSOWSKI
United States
Mezzo-soprano
Art Song
Irina Jae-Eun PARK
Irina Jae-Eun PARK
South Korea
Soprano
Art Song
Pianist : Dokyung Han
Tomi PUNKERI
Tomi PUNKERI
Finland
Baritone
Art Song
Olga RUDYK
Olga RUDYK
Ukraine
Soprano
Aria
Hagar SHARVIT
Hagar SHARVIT
Israel/Germany
Mezzo-soprano
Art Song
Magali Simard-Galdès
Magali Simard-Galdès
Canada
Soprano
Art song
Carolyn SPROULE
Carolyn SPROULE
Canada
Mezzo-soprano
Aria
Gemma SUMMERFIELD
Gemma SUMMERFIELD
United Kingdom
Soprano
Art Song
Suzanne TAFFOT
Suzanne TAFFOT
Canada/Cameroon
Soprano
Art Song
David TAYLOE
David TAYLOE
United States
Tenor
Art Song
Pianist : Mark Bilyeu
Julien VAN MELLAERTS
Julien VAN MELLAERTS
New Zealand/United Kingdom
Baritone
Art Song
Pianist : João Araújo
Jongsoo YANG
Jongsoo YANG
South Korea
Bass
Aria
Alexandra YANGEL
Alexandra YANGEL
Russia
Mezzo-soprano
Aria
Mengxi YOU
Mengxi YOU
China
Soprano
Art Song
Pianist : Jennifer Szeto

JURY

Zarin Mehta
Zarin Mehta
President of the jury
Edith Bers
Edith Bers
United States
Ben Heppner
Ben Heppner
Canada
Soile Isokoski
Soile Isokoski
Finland
Warren Jones
Warren Jones
United States
François Le Roux
François Le Roux
France
Dame Felicity Lott
Dame Felicity Lott
United Kingdom
Richard Rodzinski
Richard Rodzinski
United States
Joseph Rouleau
Joseph Rouleau
Canada
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
New Zealand

Prizes, Grants, & Awards

$270,000 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 offered by the Azrieli Foundation

+ Residency offered by the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity 
$2,500

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 offered by Aéroports de Montréal

Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award
$3,000

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

Three (3) CMIM Grants for the unranked finalists ($2,000 each) offered by Maurice Deschamps, Hélène & Peter Hunt, and Joseph Rouleau 

ART SONG


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

+ James Norcop Career Development Grant
$50,000

+ Residency offered by the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity 
$2,500

‘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

Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award
$3,000

CMIM Grant for the unranked finalist
$2,000 offered by Peter Symcox

PIANO

‘John Newmark’ Best Collaborative Pianist Award
$10,000 offered by Richard Lupien

 

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.

 

Official Pianists

The CMIM will retain the services of four local professional collaborative pianists for Voice 2018, namely Martin Dubé, Olivier Godin, Esther Gonthier, and Marie-Ève Scarfone.

Martin Dubé

Martin Dubé

Since September, 2000, Martin Dubé has been a vocal coach for the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and artistic co-director of the Quebec Chamber Music Society. He was on the faculty at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, and he has worked for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and San Diego Opera. Since 1995, he has been coach-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. He has served as accompanist for master classes given by such renowned singers as Marilyn Horne, Elly Ameling, Sherrill Milnes, Marlena Malas, Licia Albanese and Renata Scotto.

Olivier Godin

Olivier Godin

A native of Montreal, Olivier Godin is pursuing a brilliant career as a pianist and chamber player both in Canada and abroad. He was appointed as a professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal at the age of 25, and presently holds a position as director of the Opera Studies. He also works with promising young singers from McGill University and occasionally at the Atelier lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal. Godin was awarded the Prix avec grande distinction by the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in solo performance and chamber music, where he studied and worked with renowned pianist Raoul Sosa. He has studied organ with Jean Le Buis.

Esther Gonthier

Esther Gonthier

Esther Gonthier is much in demand in the world of vocal music. She regularly works for the Opéra de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Opéra de Québec and the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz, among others. She has assisted such renowned conductors as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Franz- Paul Decker, Rafaël Frühbeck de Burgos, Eliahu Inbal, Michel Plasson, Charles Dutoit, and Kent Nagano. She has over 80 operas in her repertoire and often works with young singers at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the Université de Montréal, and the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.

Marie-Eve Scarfone

Marie-Eve Scarfone

Marie-Eve Scarfone is a rehearsal pianist at the Opéra de Montréal and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, as well as a vocal coach at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. For several years, she has worked with the International Music Academy at Domaine Forget and the International Vocal Arts Institute. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music, and a winner of the piano prize at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Song Competition. She has performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

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 the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. 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 the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. 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.

Please click on the links below for general information about Voice 2018 and for 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