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

Icon gala concert winners and laureates

January 22, 2023

Gala Concert of winners and laureates

Season 2023/2024

stage debut

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PRIZES AND AWARDS

Competition prize fund icon

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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Finish of application`s acceptance on September 30
On September 30 we have finished the acceptance of applications for participation in the Hibla Gerzmava International Opera Singers and Accompanists Competition.
1 окт 2022
We thank everyone who expressed their desire to take part in this new music project. There are many of you, you are representatives of different cities of Russia and countries of the world, you are ready for experiments in your music career. Our experts have a lot of work to do - to analyze a huge number of applications for participation. We wish them good luck and patience! List of participants in full-time tours which will be held at the Stanislavsky Music Theater (Moscow, Russia) will be announced on October 17, 2022.
#threequestions Fabio Mastrangelo
2 сен 2022
"The Adventures of an Italian in Russia". This is how you can name the original career of a famous conductor Fabio Mastrangelo. He is bright, original, artistic, infinitely loved by russian public.

Having started his musical career as a pianist Fabio found himself in conducting and conquered the best stages of the world with his talent. But especially he managed to win over russian audience, who appreciates his generous emotionality.

Fabio Mastrangelo is a laureate of the international competitions for young conductors "Mario Guzella - 1993" and "Mario Guzella - 1995" in Pescari and "Donatella Flick - 2000" in London. But he was lucky to be on both sides of the competitive ramp. Fabio is often invited to the jury of various music competitions. Therefore he easily agreed to answer our #threequestions.

"For a young musician the competition is an opportunity to check at what stage of the career he is," Fabio says urging singers and pianists to apply for participation in the Hibla Gerzmava competition.



#threequestions Dmitriy Korchak
Dmitry Korchak, an artist who has conquered the world's best opera stages, answers the #threequestion.
26 авг 2022
Teatro alla Scala, Opera Bastille, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Teatro Real Madrid, National Academy "Santa Cecilia", Carnegie Hall and many others - Korchak is desired and loved in all opera capitals!


Two well-known international competitions became a real career springboard for the young vocalist Dmitry Korchak/ In 2004, Dmitry Korchak became a laureate of the International Competition named after Francisco Viñas (Barcelona, Spain) and the Operalia International Competition of Placido Domingo (Los Angeles, USA), where he received awards in two categories at once.
Frequently asked questions. Accompanists
22 авг 2022
1) Is it possible to play any scene аt the qualifying round, or choose from those that at  the list for the 2nd round of accompanists?

Answer: At the qualifying round you can play any scene.

2) Is it possible to play the concert version of the aria with a vocalist, or only, as at the clavier?

Answer: At the qualifying round you can perform a concert version of the aria.

3) If I participate at the competition alone, without a vocalist. Will I be provided with an illustrator vocalist?

Answer: Yes, you will be provided with an illustrator.

4) How will the final round of the accompanists go?

Answer: The final round of the Accompanist Competition will take place at the Small Stage of the Moscow Academic Musical Theater named after K. S. Stanislavsky and Vl. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko. The accompanists will pass a special  at it - reading from a sheet, performing a scene from an opera from the list proposed by the Organizers, working with a vocalist on an aria (also according to the list).

5) In the final round, can we show the work with own vocalist?

Answer: no, the vocalist will be provided by the General Partner of the competition. That is, it will be one of the artists of the Musical Theater.

#threequestions Vladislav Sulimsky
Outstanding cultural figures share their own experience of participating in competitions, answering three questions:
1) What was the value of participating in competitions for you?
2) What is your personal competitive experience?
3) What would you wish to the participants of the Hibla Gerzmava Opera Singers and Accompanists Competition?
19 авг 2022
Laureate of four international vocal competitions, winner of the Onegin national award, Sofit and Casta Diva awards, Vladislav Sulimsky conquered not only the Russian opera stage, but also the countries of Europe and America. He performed at theaters in Basel, Malmö, Stuttgart, Riga, Dallas, took part in Salzburg and Edinburgh festivals. One of the brightest singers of our time, Vladislav Sulimsky, advises all young vocalists to participate in competitions, noting that only "after the second vocal competition I was no longer afraid to go on stage!"

Debut in the theater
17 авг 2022
There are some​ theaters in the world musical community defining​ the main trends in the opera development:​ ​ the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater, as well as the Helikon Opera. These theaters provided special prizes for the participants of our​ Competition: debuts on their legendary stages! The dream comes true.
#threequestions Veronika Dzhioeva
Outstanding cultural figures share their own experience of participating in competitions, answering three questions:
1) What was the value of participating in competitions for you?
2) What is your personal competitive experience?
3) What would you wish to the participants of the Hibla Gerzmava Opera Singers and Accompanists Competition?
12 авг 2022
Нашу рубрику #тривопроса продолжает солист Мариинского театра Владислав Сулимский. Лауреат четырёх международных вокальных конкурсов, обладатель национальной премии "Онегин", премий "Софит" и Casta Diva В. Сулимский покорил не только российскую оперную сцену, но и страны Европы и Америки. Он выступал в театрах Базеля, Мальмё, Штутгарта, Риги, Далласа, принимал участие в Зальцбургском и Эдинбургском фестивалях. Один из самых ярких певцов нашего времени Владислав Сулимский советует всем молодым вокалистам участвовать в конкурсах, отмечая, что только «после второго конкурса уже не боялся выходить на сцену!»


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
+79636747710
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
+79636747710
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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