Rules of the 55th Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest
1.- The 55th Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest, of Barcelona, is open to all singers regardless of nationality, as follows:
a) to all women between the ages of 18 and 32, both ages being reached in 2017.
b) to all men between the ages of 18 and 35, both ages being reached in 2017.
There is no exception to the age limits.
2.- The contestant must send the online application form. On the same day, he/she must also send to firstname.lastname@example.org:
a) a scan of an official document confirming his/her age and nationality;
b) a short outline of his/her musical studies, prizes awarded and professional activities;
c) a scan of the bank document confirming that the contestant has paid the registration fee for the Preliminary Audition (refer to article 3 below).
3.- The final deadline for registration is: October 2, 2017.
The registration fee for the Preliminary Auditions is 50 €. The candidate must pay this amount through a bank transfer (banking commissions to be paid by the candidate) to the following account:
- Bank: Caixabank, S.A.
- Name of Account Holder: Fundación Privada Francesc Viñas
- IBAN: ES40 2100 3060 5922 0201 8670
- BIC: CAIXESBBXXX
and must send the bank document confirming the payment to the secretariat of the competition along with the rest of materials (refer to article 2). Without this bank document, the registration will not be valid. No other form of payment will be accepted and the registration fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.
The registration fee for the Final Round is 50 €. This fee must be paid in cash in Barcelona. After this payment, the candidate will receive a Contestant Identification Card. Without this card, the contestant will not be allowed to participate in the Final Round.
4.- Candidates must specify on their application form the city where they want to participate in the Preliminary Audition (refer to article 7), and the titles and composers of the selections they will present in the Preliminary Audition and in the Final Round of the Contest (refer to article 5).
The application will not be considered valid unless the program is submitted as directed. No changes in any program will be accepted by the Organizing Committee after the closing date for registration.
5.- The contestant must indicate on the Application Form the type of voice (soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, counter-tenor, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone or bass) as well as the classification in which he or she will participate: Opera or Oratorio-Lied (participation in both classifications is not possible)and if he or she wishes to compete for any of the Special Prizes.
For the Opera Classification the contestant must present:
For the Preliminary Audition: 1 opera aria.
For the Final Round: 5 opera arias.
Opera Classification also includes: concert arias, zarzuela arias (a maximum of 2), operetta arias (a maximum of 1). At least 3 out of the 5 works of the Final Round must be opera arias.
For the Oratorio-Lied Classification the contestant must present:
For the Preliminary Audition: 1 oratorio aria, 1 song.
For the Final Round: 3 oratorio arias, 5 songs.
Oratorio includes Cantata, Mass, Motet, Passion, etc.; and Lied includes melodies and classical, romantic or modern Lieder.
6.- The program chosen by the contestants must be made up of at least four works preferably from the following repertories: German, Italian, French, English, Latin, Russian, Spanish and Catalan; other languages are accepted. Contestants must sing in at least two languages. The works will be sung preferably from memory and always in the original language.
7.- The 55th Francisco Viñas Contest will take place in two phases:
I.- Preliminary Auditions – The candidate will audition in one of the following cities, according to the dates provided as follows:
- Beijing, 06.11.2017
- Milan, 06.11.2017
- London, 07.11.2017
- New York, 13.11.2017
- Paris, 14.11.2017
- Berlin, 20 and 21.11.2017
- Moscow, 20.11.2017
- San Francisco, 21.11.2017
- Madrid, 24.11.2017
- Barcelona, 10 to 12.01.2018
Each candidate must indicate on the application form the city where he or she wants to have the Preliminary Audition (refer to article 8).
Any candidate needing to apply for a visa will be obliged to have the Preliminary Audition in Barcelona (except in the case of candidates registered for the Beijing or Moscow Preliminary Auditions).
II.- Final Round
The Final Round of the Contest will take place in four auditions, from January 14 to 21, 2018:
II.1.-The Second Audition, in public (with piano) will take place in the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, carrer Nou de la Rambla 88, on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 January (refer to article 9).
II.2.- The Semifinal Audition, in public (with piano) will take place in the auditorium of the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, carrer Nou de la Rambla 88, on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 January (refer to article 10).
II.3.- The Final Audition, in public (with piano) will take place in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, on Friday, January 19 (refer to article 11).
II.4.- The Concert for Winners, in public (with orchestra) will take place in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, on Sunday, January 21 (refer to article 16).
All contestants must provide scores, both vocal and piano, for their selections.
The Organizing Committee will place a pianist at the disposal of each contestant. The contestant is free, however, to use his or her own accompanist in which case this arrangement should be noted on the application form.
There will be no rehearsals with the pianists till the Semi Final Audition.
8.- The Preliminary Auditions will take place on:
- November 06 : National Centre for the Performing Arts of China, Beijing;
- November 06 : Teatro alla Scala, Milan;
- November 07: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London;
- November 13: The Metropolitan Opera, New York
- November 14: Opéra National de Paris;
- November 20 and 21: Staatsoper, Berlin;
- November 20: Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Moscow;
- November 21: San Francisco Opera;
- November 24: Teatro Real, Madrid,
- January 10 to 12, 2018 : Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (in the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu).
The candidates will be notified with the time schedule and exact address of the auditions once the registration form is received.
At this Preliminary Audition the contestant will sing:
Opera Classification.- 1 opera aria
Oratorio-Lied Classification.- 1 oratorio aria, 1 song
The works will be chosen by the contestant and will not be sung again at the Final Round. The contestant’s performance may not exceed 5 minutes for the Opera Classification and 8 minutes for the Oratorio-Lied Classification.
Results will be announced to the contestant by the secretariat of the competition and the list of contestants selected for the Final Round will be posted on the Contest website.
9.- Second Audition.- The contestant will sing:
Opera Classification.- 1 opera aria.
Oratorio-Lied Classification.- 1 oratorio aria, 1 song.
The works will be chosen by the contestant from his or her program. The contestant’s performance may not exceed 5 minutes for the Opera Classification and 8 minutes for the Oratorio-Lied Classification. The Jury reserves the right to suppress part of any work presented.
10.- Semifinal Audition.- The contestant will sing:
Opera Classification.- 2 opera arias.
Oratorio-Lied Classification.- 1 oratorio aria, 2 songs.
The works will be chosen by the contestant from those on his or her program not sung in the Second Audition. They may be sung in the order desired. According to the length of the Semifinal Audition, the Jury may decide to omit one work. In any case the duration of the contestant’s performances may not exceed 10 minutes for the Opera Classification and for the Oratorio-Lied Classification. The Jury reserves the right to suppress part of any work presented.
11.- Final Audition.- The contestant will sing:
Opera Classification.- 2 opera arias.
Oratorio-Lied Classification.- 1 oratorio aria, 2 songs (the 2 songs must be by Schubert for the contestants applying for the Schubertiade prize).
The works will be chosen by the contestant from those on his or her program not sung during the Second or the Semifinal Auditions. However, the Jury, if it sees fit, reserves the right of requesting the contestant to repeat a work previously sung, in which case the contestant will be notified in advance.
The contestant may sing the works in the order desired. According to the length of the Final Audition the Jury may decide to omit one selection. The Jury reserves the right to suppress part of any work presented.
12.- The contestants in the Opera Classification who compete for the Wagner Special Prize, Verdi Special Prize or French Music Special Prize must proceed as follows:
Two of the five arias selected on the application form will be by Wagner, Verdi or French Music, respectively. One will be sung in the Semifinal Audition and the other in the Final Audition.
13.- The contestants who compete for the Mozart Special Prize or the Russian Music Special Prize must proceed as follows:
Opera Classification: two of the five opera arias must be by Mozart or Russian Music, respectively. One will be sung in the Semifinal Audition and the other in the Final Audition.
Oratorio-Lied Classification: two songs and one oratorio aria must be by Mozart or Russian Music, respectively. One of the songs will be sung in the Semifinal Audition and the oratorio aria and the other song in the Final Audition.
14.- The contestants in the Opera Classification who compete for the Zarzuela Special Prize must proceed as follows:
Two of the works selected on the application form must be Zarzuela. One of the selections will be sung in the Semifinal Audition and the other in the Final Audition.
15.-The contestants who compete for the Oratorio-Lied Extraordinary Prize must proceed as follows:
-Preliminary Audition: 1 oratorio aria and 1 song.
-Second Audition: 1 oratorio aria and 1 german Lied (not Schubert).
-Semifinal Audition: 1 oratorio aria by Bach, 1 french song and 1 spanish song.
-Final Audition: 1 oratorio aria by Haendel and 2 Lieder by Schubert.
16.- The Concert for Winners and the Prize Presentation Ceremony are compulsory for all those who have been awarded an Official Prize (First, Second ,Third, Fourth, Fifth or Sixth), Special Prize or Extraordinary Prize. Failure to participate in this concert and to attend the Prize distribution will signify the surrender of the prize by the winner. Monetary prizes will be paid by transfer.
In the morning and afternoon of Saturday 20 January, a rehearsal with orchestra will be held at the «Gran Teatre del Liceu», and all winners must attend it.
If the winners do not provide the scores and accompaniment for the works to be sung at this concert, they will be obliged to accept those available to the Organizing Committee.
The Organizing Committee reserves the right to add other participants to this concert.
The four main prizewinners, in adition to taking part in the “Concert of the Prizewinning Artists of the 55th edition of the Francisco Viñas Contest” to be held on April 15, 2018 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, will also receive approximately 2000-euro contract, paid travel arrangements and four nights of accommodation to be paid for by the Teatro Real (These singers must be available from April 13 to 14). Participation in this concert is mandatory and failure to do so will require the prizewinner to relinquish the prize.
17.- Through his/her act of registration in the contest, the candidate agrees to accept these contest rules, as well as the decisions of the Jury.
18.- The Fundació Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest have the world rights to record and broadcast on radio or television or any other existing or future recording, reproducing and/or broadcasting audiovisual means, the performances of the contestants, who by virtue of their participation in the contest express and formally renounce all the rights to which, from this fact, they could be entitled.
The Organizing Committee will pay the hotel expenses (bed and breakfast) for the contestants who are selected for the Final Round and who are not residents of the province of Barcelona from Saturday, January 13th, until they are eliminated from the competition.
To benefit from this paid accommodation, these contestants must stay at Hotel Catalonia Sagrada Familia***, C/Arago 569 bis, where their rooms will be reserved for them from Saturday January 13th. This reservation and condition refers to shared accommodation. If the contestant prefers a single room he/she will have to pay the difference due to its higher price.