Rules

Rules of the 58th Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest

1.- The 58th Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest, of Barcelona, is open to all singers regardless of nationality, as follows: 

a) women between 18 and 32 years old, both ages being reached in 2020. 
b) men between 18 and 35 years old, both ages being reached in 2020. 

There is no exception to the age limits. 

2.- The contestant must send the online application formThe following documents should be attached

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); 

d) Artistic photography of the bust (High quality).

 

3.- The final deadline for registration is: October 1st, 2020. 

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.
  • Bank adress: Av. Diagonal 431 bis, 08006 Barcelona
  • 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 58th Tenor 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:  

  • Berlin, 9.11.2020 (recorded)
  • Milan, 11.11.2020 (recorded)
  • London, 12.11.2020 (recorded)
  • New York, 16.11.2020 (recorded)
  • Beijing,17.11.2020 (recorded)
  • Los Angeles, 18.11.2020 (recorded)
  • Paris, 18.11.2020 (recorded)
  • Moscow, 19.11.2020 (recorded)
  • Madrid, 19.11.2020 (recorded)
  • Barcelona, 11.12.2020 (recorded)

Each candidate must indicate on the application form the city where he or she wants to have the Preliminary Audition (refer to article 8). 

 

II.- Final Round 

The Final Round of the Contest will take place in four auditions, from January 17 to 24, 2021:

  1. The Second Audition, in public (with piano) will take place in the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, 88 Nou de la Rambla Street, on Sunday 17 and Monday 19 January (refer to article 9). 
  2. The Semifinal Audition, in public (with piano) will take place in the auditorium of the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, 88 Nou de la Rambla Street, on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 January (refer to article 10). 
  3. The Final Audition, in public (with piano) will take place in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, on Friday, January 22 (refer to article 11). 
  4. The Concert for Winners, in public (with orchestra) will take place in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, on Sunday, January 24 (refer to article 16). 

The Organizing Committee will place a pianist at the disposal of each contestant. 

There will be no rehearsals with the pianists till the Semi Final Audition.

 

8.- Due to the current Coronavirus situation, all the Preliminary Auditions will be held by video. The recordings must be sent before:

  • November 9th, for the Deutsche Oper Berlin audition;
  • November 11th, for the Teatro alla Scala audition, Milan;
  • November 12th, for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden audition, London;
  • November 16th, for the Metropolitan Opera House audition, New York;
  • November 17th, for the National Centre for the Performing Arts audition, Beijing**;
  • November 18th, for the Los Angeles Opera audition;
  • November 18th, for the Opéra National de Paris audition;
  • November 19th, for The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia audition, Moscow;
  • November 19th, for the Teatro Real de Madrid audition; 
  • December 11th, for the Gran Teatre del Liceu audition, Barcelona.

**The requirements to participate in the preliminary audition organized by National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, on November 17th, are:  

  1. To have the Chinese nationality accredited by Chinese passport.  
  2. Be a resident in China. Accredited by official document. 
  3. Both documents have to be attached in the registration form in the "Scan of an officialdocument section" in a single pdf document.  

Once the applicaiton form and supporting documents have been received, the registration will be confirmed. Participants will then receive an official e-mail requesting a recording of the preliminary aria wich is listed on the application form (links accepted). Recordings may not be edited or cut,  it is important that sound quality be clear and that the singer is visible up close. 

 

The aria provided in the preliminary audition video cannot be sung in the Final Round of the Competition.

 

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. 

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 not sung in the Preliminary Audition. 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 Preliminary or Second Auditions. 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 works will be chosen by the contestant from those on his or her program not sung during the Preliminary, 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 or Verdi Special Prize must proceed as follows: 

Two of the five arias selected on the application form will be from the prize selected. 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 from the prize selected. 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 from the prize selected. 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 in the Oratorio-Lied Classification who compete for the Schubert Extraordinary Prize must proceed as follows: 

Two of the works selected on the application form must be from Schubert. One of the two works must be sung in the Final Round, not in the Preliminary Audition. 

 

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 23 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 addition to taking part in the “Concert of the Prizewinning Artists of the 58th edition of the Tenor Viñas Contest” to be held on June 6, 2021 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 June 4 to 5). 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 Tenor 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.

 

HOTEL 

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 16th, 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 16th. 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.