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27th International Opera Competition Vichy & Clermont-Ferrand From 11 to 17 July, 2021

Suivre la finale en direct - Samedi 17 juillet 2021 - 15h


Suivre les demi-finales en direct - Jeudi 15 juillet 2021 - 20h

Suivre les demi-finales en direct - Jeudi 15 juillet 2021 - 14h



Let's be romantic…

At the heart of a double season celebrating freedom, Clermont Auvergne Opera, through its international Opera Competition embraces an artistic movement- romanticism - which originated at the end of the 18th century, to then flourish and develop in opera, during the first decades of the 19th century, celebrating the triumph of the freedom of expression of feeling and passion.

The 27th edition of the International Opera Competition - shared for the first time between Vichy and Clermont-Ferrand - will feature two operas and melodies from that period. L'Isola disabitata, Haydn's azione teatrale, will be auditioned for the Festival Pian'Opéra (operas performed on piano) with pianist Philippe Cassard and La Sonnambula, opera in 2 acts by Bellini will be the subject of an important co-production between no less than 8 French opera houses! Finally, a Romantic Recital with Susan Manoff will give us the opportunity to (re) discover the most beautiful melodies of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti.

The defining feature of this Competition – in addition to spotting young talents every two years, it offers monetary prizes and awards in the form of professional contracts. On average, more than 500 singers of various nationalities try their luck for those highly demanding professional auditions. This edition will see a close collaboration between Clermont Auvergne Opera’s already existing partnerships and various other lyrical Institutions from all over France. As for the jury, it will be chaired by a leading figure of the opera world, soprano Katia Ricciarelli.

A few winners from past editions: Elsa Dreisig, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Christelle Di Marco, Florian Laconi, Armando Noguera, Cyril Auvity, Anna Kasyan, Julien Dran, Cyrille Dubois, Jiwon Song…

New : On July 12 and 13, 2021 the qualifying rounds will take place at the Vichy Opera house, the only Art-Nouveau Opera house in France. A sign of regional artistic cooperation between Clermont-Ferrand and Vichy !

Applications can only be made by filling in the application form on the competition’s website - Application Deadline - 16 November, 2020



La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini

Prizes: Engagement 15 performances

New production by Clermont Auvergne Opera in coproduction with the Vichy Opera, Grand Avignon Opera, Imperial Theater-Opera of Compiègne, Limoges Opera, Massy Opera, Metz Opera and Reims Opera.

Auditioned Roles :

  • Amina, soprano
  • Elvino, tenor
  • Lisa, soprano
  • Comte Rodolfo, bass
  • Teresa, mezzo-soprano
  • Alessio, bass

Performances Seasons 2021-2022 and 2022-2023

  • January 23 and 25, 2022 – Clermont-Ferrand Opera
  • January 30, 2022 – Vichy Opera
  • February 18 and 20, 2022 – Avignon Opera
  • Beginning of April 2022 – Metz Opera
  • May 13 and 15, 2022 – Reims Opera
  • April 7 and 9, 2023 – Limoges Opera
  • May 12 and 14, 2023 – Massy Opera
  • May 25, 2023 – Imperial Theater-Opera of Compiègne
L’Isola Disabitata by Joseph Haydn

Prizes: Engagement 1 performance (Concert version)

New production by Clermont Auvergne Opera

Auditioned Roles :

  • Costanza, soprano or mezzo-soprano
  • Gernando, tenor
  • Silvia, soprano or mezzo-soprano
  • Enrico, bass

Concert - Clermont-Ferrand Opera
Season 2022-2023 - February 4, 2023

Romantic Recital

Prize: Engagement - 1 recital

New production by Clermont Auvergne Opéra


  • 2 artists of different ranges

Recital - Season 2022-2023
Clermont-Ferrand Opéra - November 4 or 5, 2022

First round

Vichy Opera House
12 and 13 July 2021
14:00 - 17:00 and 20:00 - 23:00


Clermont-Ferrand Opera House
15 July 2021
14:00 - 17:00 and 20:00 - 23:00


Clermont-Ferrand Opera House
17 July 2021



  • « Bernard Plantey » AUDIENCE AWARD - € 1,500
  • « Ville de Clermont-Ferrand » YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD - € 1,500
  • « Cia Opera São Paulo » AWARD -  € 2,000


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