Voice 2022

Voice 2022

General Information for Applicants

Voice 2020 ARIA and ART SONG

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ELIGIBILITY

The Voice 2022 edition of the CMIM is an elite-level international competition open to classical singers of any nationality, born between 1989 and 2004 (inclusive), who are in the early stages of (or intending to pursue) a professional performing career.

Eligible singers may choose to apply to either one or both of Voice 2022’s two divisions: Aria and Art Song

singers applying to compete in the Aria division will perform from the standard repertoire composed for voice and orchestra (opera, oratorio, cantata, mass, concert arias, orchestral songs, etc.);

singers applying to compete in the Art Song division will perform from the standard repertoire composed for voice and piano (lied, mélodie, etc.).

First Prize laureates from previous CMIM voice editions are not eligible to apply.

 

PRIZES, AWARDS AND GRANTS

CMIM – Aria 2022

First Prize ($30,000)

Second Prize ($15,000)

Third Prize ($10,000)

Opera Award ($5,000)

Oratorio Award ($5,000)

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

Best Canadian Artist Award ($3,000) 

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

 

CMIM – Art Song 2022

First Prize – Leopold-Simoneau ($30,000) sponsored by the John R. Stratton Trust

Second Prize – Maureen-Forester ($15,000) sponsored by Roy and Marjorie Linden

Third Prize – Lois-Marshall ($10,000)

German Lied Award ($5,000) sponsored by Arija and Clarence Stiver

French Mélodie Award ($5,000) sponsored by Diane Loeb

Best Canadian Artist Award, Art Song ($3,000) 

Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award, Art Song ($3,000)

Best Collaborative Pianist Award ($10,000)

 

Prizes accessible to all competitors:

Joseph-Rouleau Career Development Grant ($50,000)

sponsored by Azrieli Foundation

Artist Residencies for CMIM First Prize Laureates ($2,500 each)

sponsored by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

September 15, 2021: start of online registrations

December 15, 2021: application deadline

February 15, 2022: preselection results announced

May 30 – Jun. 9, 2022: live competition rounds in Montréal

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications must be submitted online via the CMIM’s official application portal by midnight (ET) by December 15, 2021. Only one application is required per singer, even if applying to both divisions of the competition.

An application comprises the following:

a) a completed application form, including contact information for two (2) musical references, and proposed repertoire for all competition rounds

b) a non-refundable application fee of CA$150

c) two (2) high-resolution colour photographs (including one headshot) suitable for publication and promotional use

d) three (3) audition videos per division entered (one video per song/aria):

Aria applicants: three (3) different arias from the standard repertoire for solo voice and orchestra (performed with piano accompaniment or with orchestra), in at least two (2) different languages.

Art Song applicants: three (3) different songs from the standard art song repertoire in their original versions, in at least two (2) different languages, with at least one song by Franz Schubert.

All audition videos must be high-quality with excellent audio, shot from one angle with a single fixed camera (no zooming, tilting, or panning), with the singer’s face fully visible at all times. Videos must not be edited, enhanced or modified in any way.

All recordings must be made after July 1, 2020.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

CMIM officials will review all of the applications to ensure they are complete and meet the required technical standards.

The CMIM reserves the right to disqualify any candidate who has failed to fulfill all of the application requirements.

A preliminary selection committee appointed by the CMIM will review and evaluate the video auditions. A maximum of 36 singers (24 for Aria and 12 for Art Song) will be selected to compete in Voice 2022.

Singers who apply for both divisions should be prepared to compete in both divisions if selected.

Singers will be notified of the preliminary selection results by February 15, 2022.

 

COMPETITION ROUNDS AND REPERTOIRE – Aria

First Round

selected competitors will each perform a 15-minute programme with piano accompaniment which must include at least three (3) arias from the standard repertoire in at least two (2) different languages. The 12 singers who receive the highest scores from the international jury will move on to the semifinal round.

Semifinal

12 semifinalists will each perform a 14- to 18-minute programme with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal which must include three (3) arias in at least two different languages. The six (6) singers who receive the highest scores from the international jury will move on to the final round.

Final

six (6) finalists will each perform a 14- to 18-minute programme with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal which must include three (3) arias in at least two (2) different languages.

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Repertoire selected for performance during the competition rounds may include any of the works recorded for the audition videos.

Aria competitors may repeat one (1) aria from their First Round programme on their final programme. No other duplication of repertoire is permitted in the competition rounds.

Singers in this category must select their semifinal and final repertoire from the CMIM’s official Aria list (Annex 1).

Singers who opt to include at least one aria from an oratorio, cantata, mass or passion in their semifinal or final programme are eligible for the Oratorio Award.

 

COMPETITION ROUNDS AND REPERTOIRE – Art Song

First Round

Selected competitors will each perform a 15-minute programme of works for voice and piano which must include repertoire in French, English, and German, with at least one song by Franz Schubert. The six (6) singers who receive the highest scores from the international jury will move on to the semifinal round.

Semifinal

Six (6) semifinalists will each perform a 20- to 25-minute programme of works for voice and piano which must include repertoire in French, German, and at least one (1) other language. The three (3) singers who receive the highest scores from the international jury will move on to the final round.

Final

Three (3) finalists will each perform a recital of 30 to 35 minutes of works for voice and piano which must include repertoire in at least three (3) different languages.

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Repertoire selected for performance during the competition rounds may include any of the works recorded for the audition videos.

 

PIANISTS – ART SONG DIVISION

Singers applying in the Art Song division are strongly encouraged to apply with a collaborative pianist of their choosing.

Pianists who perform in competition (excluding official CMIM pianists) born in 1989 or later, will be eligible for the Best Collaborative Pianist Award ($10,000).

Singers applying alone will be assigned to an official CMIM pianist.

 

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

All selected competitors (and their pianists, if applicable) are required to be free of all engagements and available to perform in Montréal between May 30 through June 9, 2022.

CMIM will provide return economy-class travel to Montréal and arrange free accommodation with a volunteer host family in the Montreal area.

Competitors who wish to make other arrangements may do so at their own expense.

 

For further information please contact: Scott Tresham, Director of Artistic Operations and Strategy.

 

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CMIM officials reserve the right to make changes, if necessary, to any of the information contained in this document.