IVC's Posts (19)

5 questions for ‘Young Talent’ winner Stefan Astakhov

The young bariton Stefan Astakhov (Moskou, 1997) won the ‘Young talent’ award at the IVC competition in 2018. Are you just as curious as we are on how he experienced the competition in 2018 and what advice he has for the finalists this year and for you? Then read along!


3709544675?profile=RESIZE_710x1) What did winning the IVC young talent award mean to you?

Winning the IVC Young Talent Prize was a great honor for me, because it showed me that the hard work was worth it and that it was appreciated by the Jury, and I was very happy about it.          

2) What’s your best memory of the IVC 2018?

My best memory of the IVC 2018 is the whole competition! It was my first time in ´s-Hertogenbosch, I instantly fell in love with the city and it´s friendly and warm atmosphere. The whole experience of the competition was not stressful at all, which is unusual with other competitions. I felt like at home!

3) What are your plans or dreams for the next 5 years?

A: My plans and dreams for the next 5 years are of course to stay healthy and sing on the opera or concert stage as much as possible! 

4) What advice do you have for the (Young) IVC contestants this year?

Don’t over-think, and don’t over-rehearse! And if you have already done competitions — remember: a big competition, like the IVC, is exactly like a small competition, only it`s bigger :)

5) What advice do you have for all the current students who also want to win an IVC award in the future?

Don`t be afraid to show your feelings to the public. Interpretation is the key to a successful and interesting performance. If you achieve that — you will win all possible awards :-)

Read more…

6 questions for Josh Lovell, winner IVC 2018

The 53rd IVC is coming! Time to look back at the 2018 edition. You probably remember winner Josh Lovell. In 2018 Josh not only won the Grand-Prix, he also won the opera award. We can say this Canadian Tenor is on his way to make a more than promising career. Curious and excited as we are, we asked him about his IVC experience and what winning the IVC competition in 2018 brought him last year. He also shares his best advice for this year finalists and students. Enjoy!

3685727691?profile=RESIZE_710x1) What did winning the IVC Grand Prix & Opera award mean to you?

Winning both of the prizes meant a tremendous amount. I haven’t been able to participate in many competitions and being chosen as the winner of both prizes was very exciting. I’ll never forget the moment when my name was called and how I felt, and for that I will always be grateful.

2) What’s your best memory of the IVC 2018?

The best moment for me was when I was able to have a conversation with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The day following the competition included the both us of on live television (Paul Witteman red.); I performed one of my winning arias and she was interviewed. Before going on TV, I was invited to her room to talk with her and meet her adorable dogs. I’ve always thought that Dame Kiri’s voice was astoundingly sublime to listen to but being able to speak with her and receive her advice was very special.

3) What did winning the IVC awards bring you last year?

The IVC is a wonderful competition with great renown and winning it gave me recognition with the classical music community, opera houses, and orchestras all around the world. All of which is needed for securing contracts!

4) What are your plans or dreams for the next 5 years?

I am currently in Vienna where I just finished performing my first role of Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Wiener Staatsoper and am now preparing my next role. I plan on being here for a few years in order to learn, perform, and perfect my craft. My dream is that after completing my time in the ensemble at the Staatsoper, I will be able to perform all around the world.

5) What advice do you have for the IVC contestants this year?

The best advice I received for competitions is to go into them with confidence, hope for the best, and sing with the goal of touching your audience. I encourage all of the competitors this year to enjoy the competition, meet and get to know their fellow contests, and have fun! 

6) What advice do you have for all the current students or singers who also want to  get the best out of their careers? 

My advice would be to find music that speaks to you and allows you to excel and sing your best. Olympic runners don’t put all of their energy into each type of race but instead focus on particular heats. Whether it’s long distance or sprinting each runner has their own specialty and I think that artists too must each find their own specialization. Play around with singing, explore with different composers, languages, and styles and find out what kind of artist you want to be!

Read more…

Share your music

Sharing = caring. "The love of singing is a never ending story. And I think to share it with eachother is great."

Please share your opinion with us in a comment!

Read more…

Passion in Music

What is music without passion? We asked the Summer School attendees what "passion" means for them.


What does passion in music mean for you? Please share your comment!

Read more…

We are proud the present our Vocal Community!

Welcome to the  International Vocal Community !

 The IVC has a 65-year tradition of connecting everybody in the vocal community through our competition and our courses. We reach professional singers, students, amateurs, fans, and decision makers in the industry. Connecting you to other vocal community members will be continually possible now that we have this online forum! 

You can share stories, experiences, pictures and concert dates with your peers, exchange advice, be in touch with music lovers and enjoy our new annotated masterclass service. 

The pillars under this community are passion, inspiration and honesty. You can discuss anything here but please be respectful to the other users.

Ivan van Kalmthout

Read more…