International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch Postpones Festivals, Announces Mozart Masterclasses

By Logan Martell

As most theaters worldwide remained closed due to the coronavirus, the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch has announced that their annual competition will be pushed back to 2021, and their biennial Opera / Oratorio competition has been postponed to 2022.

The decision is explained by IVC Director Ivan Kalmthout, who cites the impracticality of not only the social distancing measures but also the travel restrictions which would affect the artists hailing from countries worldwide.

Instead, this autumn will see the company putting on a series of masterclasses focused around the works of Mozart.

Eight soloists will get to receive coaching from mezzo Vesselina Kasarova, soprano Roberta Alexander, and baritone Thomas Oliemans. The classes will begin on November 28 and culminate in a concert on December 3, with the series itself ending the following night with a concert from Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and members of the South Netherlands Philharmonic.