THE HIBLA
GERZMAVA

Opera Singers and Accompanists Competition

The Competition is held with the support of the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives

The Hibla Gerzmava Opera Singers and Accompanists Competition is initiated by Hibla Gerzmava, the People’s Artist of Russia and the Russian State Prize laureate. The Competition is organised by the Hibla Gerzmava International Charitable Foundation with the support of the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.

The Competition will provide young performers with the opportunity to make their debut on the leading opera stages and to take part in concerts organised by the Hibla Gerzmava Foundation.

The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre is the General Partner of the Competition.

The Сompetition will be held once every two years, gradually expanding the geography of participants, varying formats, and updating the repertoire.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The International Opera Singers and Accompanists Competition will bring together leading singers, directors, conductors, and opera agents as members of the Jury and the Expert Council. The Jury will be chaired by Hibla Gerzmava.

We believe that the Competition will attract and foster a new audience of listeners of academic music, and that it will contribute to the development and promotion of Russian musical culture.

Winners of the Competition will not only receive monetary prizes but will also have the opportunity to make their debut on the opera stages of the best theatres of Russia.

PARTICIPANTS OF THE COMPETITION

Vocalists,
with a university degree, or students of musical schools.

Participants must be between 18 and 35 years of age.

All types of voices representing any country in the world may participate in the Competition.

Accompanists,
who have higher musical education or students of musical schools.

Participants must be between 20 and 42 years of age.

A maximum of 16 vocalists and 16 accompanists are selected for the First Round, which will be held in-person.

Vocalists and accompanists selected for the in-person competition rounds will have their travel and accommodation in Moscow covered by the Organiser. No entry fee is required.

ROUNDS OF THE COMPETITION

Vocalists
Accompanists
PRELIMINARY AUDITION
From June 1 to September 30, 2022

Applicants must submit a video recording of a performance of two different arias, or a link to view this video recording on a file-sharing or internet resource:

  • video must be of high quality (in MP4 or AVI format)
  • only video recordings created in 2022 will be accepted
  • no video editing is allowed, except for multi-camera filming of the performance
  • any audio editing is forbidden
  • all works are to be performed by vocalists from memory, in their original language and key tonality
COMPETITION
First round January 13–14, 2023

For the First Round of the Main Vocal Competition a participant must perform three (3) arias:

Second Round January 17, 2023

A maximum of 10 vocalists will be selected. Competition auditions will be held with piano accompaniment.

Second Round programme:

  • folk song a cappella
  • an aria from a classical operetta from the suggested list ( Appendix 2 )
  • for countertenors, instead of an aria from a classical operetta, an aria chosen by the participant from the suggested list ( Appendix 2a )
  • duet or duet scene from the proposed list (the list will be published after the selection of 16 vocalists participating in the Main Competition)
  • an aria of the performer’s choice
Third Round January 20, 2023

A maximum of 6 vocalists will be selected for the Third Round. The Third Round shall be accompanied by the theatre symphony orchestra.

Three pieces must be performed in the Third Round:

  • two arias of the performer’s choice;
  • one aria from an opera by a Russian composer of the 19th–21st century*


*Suggested list of arias for countertenor. A participant may also perform an aria not from the current list (Appendix 3)

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS
From June 1 to September 30, 2022

Applicants must submit a video recording or a link to view the video recording on a file-sharing or internet resource: a scene from an opera (without a collaborative vocalist, an accompanist is encouraged to hum the vocal part); an accompaniment of an aria from an opera with a collaborative vocalist (free choice).
Video recording requirements:

  • video must be of high quality (in MP4 or AVI format)
  • only video recordings created in 2022 will be accepted
  • no video editing is allowed, except for multi-camera filming of the performance
  • any audio editing is forbidden
COMPETITION
First Round January 13–14, 2023

In the First Round an accompanist must perform an accompaniment to a vocalist-participant or a collaborative vocalist:

  • an aria from any Mozart opera
  • an aria from an opera of the 19th century of the performer’s choice
  • an aria from an opera of the 20th century of the performer’s choice
Second Round January 19, 2023

Second Round programme:

  • reading from the sheet
  • performance of a scene from an opera from the list suggested by the Organiser ( Appendix K )
  • working with the vocalist on the aria according to the suggested list. The list will be presented after the First Round. The General Partner gives the opportunity to work with one of the artists of the opera company.
    The following must be attached to the application form:
  • a portrait photo of the participant.

DATES AND VENUES

June 1 – September 30, 2022

Call for applications

June 1, 2022

The Expert Council members confirmed

October 17, 2022

Announcement of nominees: 16 vocalists and 16 accompanists

December 1, 2022

The Jury members confirmed

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January 11-22, 2023

Main Competition:
– 3 rounds for vocalists
– 2 rounds for accompanists

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January 22, 2023

Gala Concert of winners and laureates

Season 2023/2024

stage debut

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PRIZES AND AWARDS

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The prize fund for the Competition has been

set at 6,700,000 rubles plus special prizes.

Vocalists:
Grand Prix
2 500 000 ₽
Debut on the stage of the General Partner or other music/opera theatre
First prize
1 500 000 ₽
Debut on the stage of the General Partner or other music/opera theatre
Second prize
1 000 000 ₽
Third prize
800 000 ₽
Accompanists:
First prize
400 000 ₽
Second prize
300 000 ₽
Third prize
200 000 ₽
Special prizes

Special prize from Hibla Gerzmava to a vocalist.

Special prize from Hibla Gerzmava to an accompanist.

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News for accompanists
10 авг 2022

The Organizing Committee of the competition received proposals from the musical community related to the age restrictions of the accompanist competition. The desire to show themselves in the competitive competition is shown by specialists whose age is more than 35 years. Until now, they have not had the opportunity to prove themselves in such a professional competition. Such a serious competition for opera accompanists is almost a unique phenomenon!

In this regard, the Organizing Committee of the Competition and its President Hibla Gerzmava made a decision: musicians aged 20 to 42 will be able to participate in the accompanist competition. Now age limits are significantly expanded.

Travel and accommodation of the participants
10 авг 2022

The Organizing Committee of Hibla Gerzmava Opera Singers Competition pays for the travel and accommodation of the contestants who have passed the qualifying correspondence round. 16 vocalists and no more than 16 accompanists will be admitted to the first full-time round. An entrance fee is not required.

Frequently asked question
18 июл 2022
1. In the in-person rounds, is it possible to sing the works performed in the virtual qualifying round?
Answer: Yes.

2. If vocalist and accompanist perform together, can they send the same recordings?
Answer: Yes.

3. In the Second Round, does an accompanist choose a scene from an opera, or is he/she assigned to it?
Answer: Accompanist chooses a scene himself/herself.

4. Two arias by vocalists or a scene and an aria by an accompanist have to be sent through the same link, or can I make two different recordings?
Answer: Whichever is convenient for a participant: you can send one file or two different recordings.

5. Do I have to have conservatory education to enter the Competition?
Answer: Even if you are still in college and only planning to enter a conservatory but can already handle the programme of the Hibla Gerzmava Competition, you are eligible to enter!
Change in the age limit for applicants
Changes of the Competition Regulations have been made to regarding the age limit of its participants.
1 июл 2022
Initially, vocalists and accompanists who, at the time of the Competition, on January 11, 2023, were no more than 35 years old, could take part in it. After making changes, new data appeared.

Now young artists and musicians who are no more than 35 years old at the time of the deadline for accepting applications, the specific date is September 30, 2022, can take part in the Hibla Gerzmava Opera Singers Competition.
Video-invitation from Hibla Gerzmava
18 июн 2022
Special prizes
The success of a real artist is not measured by a fee, winning a competition is not only a cash prize, but, above all, a successful promotion in the opera world. In our competititon, each special prize is a real jackpot!
10 июн 2022
Debut on the stage of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre
Debut on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
Debut on the stage of the Moscow Musical Theatre "Helikon-Opera"
Recording of a chamber programm at "Melodia" company
Concert at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic
Participation in the Gala Concert accompanied by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov at the the Moscow concert hall "Zaryadye"
Special prize from the rector of the Moscow State Conservatory Alexander Sokolov and recital on the stage of the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory
Special prize from the Onegin National Opera Award
Special prize from Andey Konchalovsky
Special prize from two outstanding and eminent coach-accompanists


The full list of special prizes will be published before the start of the competition rounds.
Hibla Gerzmava announced the launch of the International Competition of Vocalists and Accompanists
The launch of the International Competition of Vocalists and Accompanists of Hibla Gerzmava was officially announced at the press-conference on June, 2. Applications for participation in this project will be accepted until September 30, 2022.
2 июн 2022

People's Artist of Russia Hibla Gerzmava, artistic director of opera of the Stanislavsky Music Theater Alexander Titel and the chief conductor of this theater Felix Korobovtook part in a press-conference.

"The inner stylistic diversity of Hibla gives us the opportunity to look at the young participants, at these young singers and understand how they will navigate in this world. In any case, you need to be a personality. We will look for personality!" Felix Korobov said at a press-conference.

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Press conference dedicated to the first Hibla Gerzmava International Opera Singers Competition for vocalists and accompanists
On June 2, TASS will host a press conference focused on the first Hibla Gerzmava International Opera Singers Competition for vocalists and accompanists
22 May, 2022
22 май 2022

The press conference will be attended by:

Alexander Borisovich Titel, the People’s Artist of Russia, the Artistic Director and Chief Director of the Opera Company of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, Felix Pavlovich Korobov, the People’s Artist of Russia, the Chief Conductor of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre, and Hibla Gerzmava, opera singer, the People’s Artist of Russia, the Artistic Director and creator of the International Opera Singers Competition.

Competition
team

Julia Goldman

Julia Goldman

Creative director
+79163948484
goldman@hibla.ru

Irina Gorbunova

Irina Gorbunova

Head of music planning department
info@competitionhibla.ruч

Varvara Trofimova

Varvara Trofimova

Press-manager
press@competitionhibla.ru

Elena Bukhmak

Elena Bukhmak

PR-Manager
+79168492711
pr@competitionhibla.ru

Olga Bestuzheva

Olga Bestuzheva

Administrator
+79151614557
competition@hibla.ru

Anastasia Belokopytova

Anastasia Belokopytova

Content manager
+79269258158

Julia Goldman

Julia Goldman

Creative director
+79163948484
goldman@hibla.ru

Irina Gorbunova

Irina Gorbunova

Head of music planning department
info@competitionhibla.ruч

Varvara Trofimova

Varvara Trofimova

Press-manager
press@competitionhibla.ru

Elena Bukhmak

Elena Bukhmak

PR-Manager
+79168492711
pr@competitionhibla.ru

Olga Bestuzheva

Olga Bestuzheva

Administrator
+79151614557
competition@hibla.ru

Anastasia Belokopytova

Anastasia Belokopytova

Content manager
+79269258158

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