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54th INTERNATIONAL ANTONIN DVORAK

SINGING COMPETITION

Karlovy Vary * November 8 - 15, 2019

    

     

    

A.  GENERAL PROVISIONS

  

1. The Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition (hereinafter “the Competition”) is an international interpretative Competition for young vocalists and is declared and managed by the International Antonin Dvorak Vocal Centre (hereinafter “the Vocal Centre”)

    

2. The executive body of the Competition is the Secretariat, with its office at:

Smeralova 40, CZ - 360 05 Karlovy Vary

Phone: +420 353 447 045

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

   

3. Following contests of the competition have been declared for 2019:

OPERA HOPES - women and men from 16 to 20 years of age, incl.

Two-round competition taking place in one day

JUNIOR - women and men both up to 24 years of age, incl.

Three-round competition, final round with Orchestra

OPERA - women and men both up to 35 years of age, incl.

Three-round competition, final round with Orchestra

SONG - women and men both up to 35 years of age, incl.

Two-round competition taking place in one day

   

    

Contestants must not exceed the set age limit in the year the Competition is held.

Contestants are allowed to perform in one of the contests or in two of them maximum, but only in following combinations:

JUNIOR + SONG or OPERA + SONG

The competition is not open in 2019 in the field of counter-tenor.

   

   

B.  EXPERT JURY

                      

  1. The Competition has two Juries: a separate Jury for the OPERA HOPES category and a separate Jury for the rest of categories.
  2. Both Juries shall be appointed by the director of the Vocal Centre.
  3. The Juries decisions are final. All Jury meetings and sessions are closed and confidential.
  4. Neither Juries nor the Competition organizers can inform contestants about the reasons for the Jury decisions.
  5. Should there be any dispute regarding the interpretation of the Rules of the Competition, this will be resolved by the Director of the Competition.

         

C.  RULES OF THE COMPETITION

  1. The maximum number of competitors in each category is forty. After filling the capacity of a given category, the receipt of entries into this category will be terminated.
  2. Contestants are required to proof their identity and age before the Competition starts.
  3. Former winners of the 1st prize of any category will not be admitted qualifying for the same category they have already won.
  4. The order of contestants and their performances shall be determined by lot.
  5. Constants must perform in a formal dress (an evening dress, suit…).
  6. Contestants must sing by heart (incl. baroque arias).
  7. The condition is the interpretation in original language version.
  8. Songs composed by Antonin Dvorak can only be sung in the Czech language.
  9. The sequence of compositions shall be decided by the contestant him/herself, at the enrollment at the latest.
  10. In the 1st round, the Juries have the right to interrupt contestant’s performance in exceptional cases. This stop concerns one task of the 1st round only.
  11. The director of the Competition and the Juries have the right to decide, at latest one day before the contest starts, about elimination of maximum one competition task of the 1st or 2nd round of any contest.
  12. Usually half the contestants from previous round of each contest shall proceed to the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
  13. In case of many applied singers in the OPERA HOPES category, the competition will be adjusted to one round competition.
  14. The laureates and winners of the JUNIOR and OPERA categories will perform at the Final concert with the orchestra on Friday, November 15, 2019.
  15. Winners and laureates of the competition are obliged in case they are invited to perform once at a concert for the Vocal Centre during three years after the competition, with a symbolic honorary. Accommodation and travel costs will be covered by the organizer.

    

By signing the application, the contestants confirm their consent and compliance with competition regulations and conditions of the competition in 2019. By signing the application, the contestants give their consent to personal data processing.

    

     

D.  AWARDS AND PRIZES OF THE COMPETITION

          

Regarding the point’s results of the second and third rounds the Jury decides about awards and diplomas.

The Jury may decide to divide or fuse awards, excluding the first prizes.

The first prizes cannot be divided. The prizes may be divided regarding the financial conditions of the organizer.

The Jury may also decide not to award a prize, if the performances do not reach a desirable level.

    

OPERA HOPES - WOMEN

1. prize 5.000 CZK

2. prize 3.000 CZK

3. prize 1.500 CZK

   

OPERA HOPES - MEN

1. prize 5.000 CZK

2. prize 3.000 CZK

3. prize 1.500 CZK

   

SONG in absolute order of women and men

1. prize 20.000 CZK

2. prize 10.000 CZK

3. prize   5.000 CZK

   

JUNIOR - WOMEN

1. prize 20.000 CZK

2. prize 10.000 CZK

3. prize   5.000 CZK

   

JUNIOR - MEN

1. prize 20.000 CZK

2. prize 10.000 CZK

3. prize   5.000 CZK

   

OPERA - WOMEN

1. prize 25.000 CZK

2. prize 15.000 CZK

3. prize   7.000 CZK

   

OPERA - MEN

1. prize 25.000 CZK

2. prize 15.000 CZK

3. prize   7.000 CZK

   

Prices in the amount of CZK 10,000 or more (also in the case of price cumulation)

will be taxed with 15% according to the tax law.

      

     

Special Prizes for 2019

         

The Prizes of the Czech and Slovak opera stages are defined when awarded usually as guest appearance in an opera role in next two seasons. In 2019 will be awarded:

  • The Prize of the National Theatre Prague
  • The Prize of the National Theatre Brno
  • The Prize of the National Theatre Bratislava, Slovakia
  • The Prize of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Ostrava
  • The Prize of the J. K. Tyl´s Theatre Plzen
  • The Prize of the Czech Radio Vltava and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • The prize of the International Music Festival Prague Spring
  • The Prize of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation
  • The Prize of PhDr. Zdeněk Levy, the Director of the Pilsen Czech Radio
  • The Jarmila Novotná Prize
  • The Vilém Zítek Prize
  • The Prize of the Antonín Dvořák Society
  • The Antonín Dvořák Prize
  • The Gustav Mahler Prize
  • The Prize of the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
  • The Prize of Mgr. Jana Mračková Vildumetzova, the Governor of the Karlovy Vary Region
  • The Beno Blachut Prize
  • The Josef Hercl Prize
  • The Milan Bürger Prize
  • The Carangelo Belcanto Academy Prize I. and II.
  • The Voice Centre Prague Prize
  • The Prize for the best Mozart aria interpretation awarded by Georg Fischer from Germany
  • The Jan Lucembursky Prize awarded by Geoffrey Piper from Luxembourg
  • The Conductor František Drs Prize
  • The Grandhotel Ambassador Narodni dum Prize
  • The Prize of the Director of Bohemia-Lázně a.s.
  • The Prize of the Audience Jury

Other awards and prizes are in negotiation.

Special interpretative prizes will be realized without the participation of the artistic agencies.

You can find the full text of the special prizes at www.singingcompetition.eu

   

   

E.  TIME-TABLE OF THE COMPETITION

      

Friday 08. 11. 2019 / ELISABETH SPA / 09:00 – 16:30

I. and II. round of the OPERA HOPES contest

   

Friday 08. 11. 2019 / Hotel KRIVÁŇ / 20.30

Opening of the Competition with drawing lots of the JUNIOR and OPERA contests

Results announcement of the competition OPERA HOPES

   

Saturday 09. 11. 2019 / ELISABETH SPA / 09:30 – 18:30

I. round of the JUNIOR contest

  

Sunday 10. 11. 2019 / ELISABETH SPA / 09:30 – 18:30

I. round of the OPERA contest

   

Monday 11. 11. 2019 / ELISABETH SPA / 13:00 – 18:30

II. round of the JUNIOR contest

  

Tuesday 12. 11. 2019 / ELISABETH SPA / 13:00 – 18:30

II. round of the OPERA contest

  

Wednesday 13. 11. 2019 / ELISABETH SPA

I. and II. round of the SONG contest / 09:30 – 18:30

   

Thursday 14. 11. 2019 / KARLOVY VARY MUNICIPAL THEATRE / 15:00 – 18:00

Final rounds of the JUNIOR and OPERA contests

Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, conductor František Drs

   

Thursday 14. 11. 2019 / Hotel KRIVÁŇ / 21:00

Festive results announcement

  

Friday 15. 11. 2019 / KARLOVY VARY MUNICIPAL THEATRE / 19:00

Festive opera concert of winners and laureates with orchestra and awarding ceremony

Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, conductor František Drs

    

CHANGES in time-schedule of the beginning and closing of each contest round reserved!

    

     

 

    

F.   COMPULSORY COMPOSITIONS FOR CONTESTANTS

      

Enclosed to the competition conditions the organizer issues the repertory annex,

which is a suggestion or orientation for choice of respective tasks.

This list must be respected by contestants in the 3rd rounds of JUNIOR and OPERA.

      

     

    

OPERA HOPES

    

Since 2016, the OPERA HOPES competition is included among the regular categories of the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition, and it is evaluated by a separate jury.

The OPERA HOPES category will run in two rounds in one day.

Approximately half of the competitors will advance to the second round of the competition based on the jury's score.

 

I. round

1. A song composed by Antonin Dvorak of the contestant’s choice in a printed version per given voice category.

2. A vocal piece composed by an author of Italian baroque (e.g. G. G. Carissimi, M. A. Cesti, A. Scarlatti, A. Caldara,

    B. Marcello. G. B. Pergolesi, G. Giordani…).

   

II. round

1. An artificial song of the contestant’s choice.

2. An opera aria of the contestant’s choice.

   

Special Statement

In case of many registered singers in the OPERA HOPES category, the competition will be modified to one-round with the following competitive tasks:

1. A song composed by Antonin Dvorak of the contestant’s choice in a printed version per given voice category.

2. A vocal piece composed by an author of Italian baroque (e.g. G. G. Carissimi, M. A. Cesti, A. Scarlatti, A. Caldara,

    B. Marcello. G. B. Pergolesi, G. Giordani…).

3. An opera aria of the contestant’s choice.

   

The results will be presented at the traditional opening ceremony on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. in the hotel Krivan.

   

    

  

SONG

      

Contestants in the SONG-contest cannot repeat the same song in both rounds of the SONG-category.

If a contestant chooses the song written by Antonin Dvorak for the second task of the first round,

this song must be from a different song cycle than the contestant will choose for the second task of the second round.

Contestants with combination JUNIOR + SONG must for the SONG contest choose a different song

from the one they choose for the JUNIOR contest.

   

1st round – duration up to 12 minutes 

           

                 1. A song written by F. Schubert, J. Brahms, R. Schumann, C. Loewe, H. Wolf G. Mahler or R. Strauss - in printed original version.

  

                 2. One songs of the contestant’s choice from song cycles by Antonin Dvorak according voice categories in original key

                     and sung in the Czech language from following possibilities:

                                   a) Love Songs, Op. 83 – soprano, tenor: No. 1 or 4

                                   b) Biblical Songs, Op. 99 – mezzo-soprano, alto, baritone, bass: No. 3 or 7

                                   c) Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55 – all voice categories: No. 3 or 7

                                   d) Evening Songs, Op. 3 (lyrics by Vitezslav Halek) – baritone: No. 2 or 3

   

                 3. A song of the contestant’s choice composed by a Czech composer or a composer of contestant’s nationality

                     from the 19th or the 20th Century.

    

Final - 2nd round - duration up to 12 minutes

     

                 1. A song by a Russian or French composer in the compositional style of romantics of the 19th or the 20th century

                     - in original printed version.

   

                 2. A song by Antonin Dvorak – choice as per voice categories performed in original keys and in the Czech language

                     from following possibilities:

                                  a)   Love Songs, Op. 83 – soprano, tenor

                                  b)   Biblical Songs, Op. 99 – mezzo-soprano, alto, baritone, bass

                                  c)   Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55 – all voice categories

                                  d)   Evening Songs, Op. 3 (lyrics by V. Hálek) – baritone

                                  e)   Songs, op. 2 (lyrics by G. Pfleger-Moravský) – soprano, tenor

                 or

                 a song of the contestant’s choice from song cycles by Bohuslav Martinů according voice categories in original version, for example:

                                  a)   New Slovak Songs (30) for voice & piano, H. 126 / higher voice

                                  b)   Three Songs to poems by G. Apollinaire, H. 197/ middle voice

                                  c)   Two Songs on Negro Folk-Poetry, H. 226/ middle voice

                                  d)   Nipponari - seven songs for female voice, H. 68 / alt

        

                 3. A song or part of a cycle in the 20th or 21st century compositional style of the contestant's choice,

                     duration minimum 4 minutes and maximum 6 minutes.

              As the compositional style of the 20th century is not considered a neo-romanticism based mostly on the musical tradition

                      of the 19th century (e.g. the songs of G. Mahler, R. Strauss, S. Rachmaninov, early songs by A. Berg, etc.).

       

        

JUNIOR

     

Contestants of the JUNIOR contest choose always a different song or aria for the first two rounds of the JUNIOR contest.

Contestants of the JUNIOR contest can repeat the aria from the 1st or 2nd round in the 3rd round with orchestra.

The Repertory Annex must be respected by contestants in the 3rd round of JUNIOR.

Contestants, who take part also in the SONG contest, choose different songs for each category.

       

      

1st round - duration up to 12 minutes

 

                 1. Mandatory song from the Antonín Dvořák cycle in the original tone and in the Czech language

                                  Soprano:  Love Songs, Op. 83 – No. 2V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest“

                                             or  Love Songs, Op. 83 – No. 7 „V té sladké moci očí tvých“

                       Mezzo-soprano, alto:  Biblical Songs, Op. 99 No. 5 „Bože! Bože! Píseň novou“

                                                     or  In Folk Tone, Op. 73 – No. 3 „Ach, není, není tu“

                                             Tenor:  Love Songs, Op. 83 No. 6 „Zde v lese u potoka“

                                                   or   Love Songs, Op. 83 – No. 8 „Ó duše drahá jedinká“

                                         BaritoneBiblical Songs, Op. 99 No. 4 „Hospodin jest můj pastýř“

                                                  or  Biblical Songs, Op. 99 10 „Zpívejte Hospodinu píseň novou“

                                              BassBiblical Songs, Op. 99 No. 2 „Skrýše má a pavéza má Ty jsi“

                                                   or  Biblical Songs, Op. 99 – No. 9 „Pozdvihuji očí svých k horám“

 

                 2. A vocal piece from the baroque or classicism period.

                     In case of baroque aria, the chosen piece will be performed without Da Capo al Fine.

    

                 3. An opera aria of the contestant's choice performed in the original printed version.

       

Semifinal - 2nd round - duration up to 15 minutes

    

           1. A song written in a romantic or new-romantic compositional style of the 19th century in the original printed version

                     with a possibility of unique style overlap of the piece creation in the first half of the 20th century.

 

                 2. An opera aria by a Czech composer or a composer of contestant’s nationality.

                     Upon request, the organizer provides information about Czech arias for different voice categories.

 

                 3. An opera aria of the contestant's choice.

                    To fulfill the tasks determined in points 2 and 3, the candidate shall make his/her choice

                    so that two arias by a composer of the same nationality are avoided.

      

Final - 3rd round - duration up to 7 minutes

     

                 One aria accompanied by orchestra selected from the Repertoire Annex (performed in original printed version).

   

   

   

OPERA 

      

Contestants in the OPERA contest shall not repeat any aria in the tasks of all rounds of the OPERA category.

The Repertory Annex must be respected by contestants in the 3rd round of the OPERA.

   

1st round - duration up to 12 minutes

   

                 1. An opera aria from the baroque or classicism period.

                    In case of baroque aria, the chosen piece will be performed without Da Capo al Fine.

   

                 2. An aria from any opera, cantata, mass or oratorio written by Antonin Dvorak.

   

                 3. An opera aria of the contestant’s choice performed in original printed version.

       

Semifinal – 2nd round - duration up to 15 minutes

   

                 1. A vocal piece of the 20th or 21st century compositional style.

                    As the compositional style of the 20th century is not considered a neo-romanticism based mostly on the musical tradition

                    of the 19th century (e.g. the songs of G. Mahler, R. Strauss, S. Rachmaninov, early songs by A. Berg, etc.).

     

                 2. An opera aria by a 19th century composer of the contestant’s choice, performed in original printed version.

     

                 3. An opera aria of the contestant’s choice performed in original printed version.

     

Final – 3rd round - duration up to 7 minutes

     

                 One aria accompanied by orchestra selected from the Repertoire Annex in original printed version.

   

   

   

   

G.  APPLICATION

   

Applications are to be posted to the address of the Secretariat by October 12, 2019.

Contestants and pianists who need to apply for a visa to enter the Czech Republic must send their application

to the address of the Secretariat by September 15, 2019 together with a copy of personal data in their passport.

    

Attached to the application should be a legible list of pieces selected for performance in accordance with the Competition conditions,

stating the duration in minutes of each piece, written carefully in Latin characters.

   

With signature of the application form contestants irreversibly agree with the conditions of the Competition.

By signing the application, the contestants give their consent to personal data processing.

   

In view of the limited number of participants in each category, we recommend sending the application as soon as possible.

   

   

H.   FEE

   

Participants in the contest shall pay an application fee.

OPERA HOPES:      100 €

song:                         160

JUNIOR:                      250

OperA:                320

   

In case of participation in two contests, a discount for the SONG contest will apply.

Combination     JUNIOR + SONG:     325

Combination     OPERA + SONG:     395

     

The contestant is obliged to pay the whole fee by Oct 12, 2019.

Payment must be made in full amount (regardless of bank charges).

     

In the case the applicant cannot participate for serious reasons, the registration fee,

after deduction of the 15% handling fee, will be returned to the account of the applicant. 

      

!!! IMPORTANT NOTICE !!!

Participation in the Competition will be confirmed only to those applicants, who will send a payment confirmation

together with the application to the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

   

Bank details (payments in EUR):

UniCreditBank Czech Republic Karlovy Vary, Zeyerova street, 360 01 Karlovy Vary

Account No: 5149130009 / 2700

IBAN CZ7227000000005149130009             

SWIFT (BIC): BACX CZ PP

   

Please, write down the full name of the organizer and owner of the account:

Mezinarodni pevecke centrum Antonina Dvoraka to the beneficiary address on your payment order.

In case of electronic payment please enter contestant´s name into the message to the recipient.

    

   

   

I.  ACCOMMODATION

    

For all categories – If a competitor requests a reservation for accommodation outside of the competition dates (e.g. she/he arrives early or departs later), the organizer will arrange accommodation at the cost of the participant for a symbolic price of 400 CZK per person / night in a double room without breakfast. In the case the request for accommodation in a single room, the organizer can arrange this according to the free capacity of the hotel for CZK 800 per night. Accommodation in a single room can be arranged only in case of free hotel capacity.

   

The hotel breakfasts in form of a buffet for the whole time of the stay can be bought in the Reception of the Hotel Kriváň for convenient price.

  

    

The arrival of the OPERA HOPES contest competitors is expected on Thursday, November 7, 2019. The draw of lots will take place during the enrollment. Competitors of this category will have a hotel accommodation without breakfast from Thursday 7.11.2019 to Friday 8.11.2019 (until 12:00) in a double room with another competitor at the expense of the organizer. In case of an earlier arrival or stay in Karlovy Vary after the end of the OPERA HOPES category, the participants will pay the accommodation themselves. Those interested in this possibility will inform the competition secretariat about their arrival (departure) and the secretariat will book a hotel accommodation with other competitors in a double room without breakfast for 400 CZK per person per night. This amount will be paid at the enrollment.

   

If participants in the competition require accommodation in single rooms, the extra supplement 400 CZK for each night (including the night of Thursday 7.11.2019 to Friday 8.11.2019) will be paid during the enrollment. Accommodation in a single room can only be arranged in case of free hotel capacity.

    

     

The arrival of the JUNIOR contest competitors is expected on Friday, November 8, 2019.

     

For the duration of the first round, they pay the accommodation themselves, that means until 10.11.2019 till 12:00 o´clock. The competition secretariat will reserve the hotel accommodation with another competitor in the double room without breakfast for the first round for a total amount of CZK 800 per person and two nights. The amount will be paid at the enrollment.

   

If participants in the competition require accommodation in single rooms, they will pay extra supplement 400 CZK for each night and room (regardless of the procedure in the competition) during the enrollment. Accommodation in a single room can only be arranged in case of free hotel capacity.

    

The organizer will provide the accommodation without breakfast for contestants who advanced to II. round of the JUNIOR contest from 10.11.2019 till one night after their last performance in the competition, except for the supplement for a single room.

   

The organizer will provide the accommodation without breakfast for contestants who advanced to the final round until the end of the Competition (till Saturday 16.11.2019 in the morning) except the single room supplement (CZK 400/night).

   

    

The arrival of the OPERA contest competitors is expected on Friday, November 8, 2019, eventually on Saturday, November 9, 2019.  

  

For the duration of the first round, they pay the accommodation themselves, that means until 11.11.2019 till 12:00 o´clock. The competition secretariat will reserve the hotel accommodation with another competitor in the double room without breakfast for the first round for a total amount of CZK 400 per person and night regarding the exact arrival date. The amount will be paid at the enrollment.

  

If participants in the competition require accommodation in single rooms, they will pay extra supplement 400 CZK for each night and room (regardless of the procedure in the competition) during the enrollment. Accommodation in a single room can only be arranged in case of free hotel capacity.

  

The organizer will provide the accommodation without breakfast for contestants who advanced to II. round of the OPERA contest from 11.11.2019 till one night after their last performance in the competition, except for the supplement for a single room.

  

The organizer will provide the accommodation without breakfast for contestants who advanced to the final round until the end of the Competition (till Saturday 16.11.2019 in the morning) except the single room supplement (CZK 400/night).

   

    

The arrival of the SONG contest competitors is expected on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

    

The organizer will provide the accommodation without breakfast in a double bedroom with another participant for al contestants in the SONG category from Tuesday November 12, 2019 until Thursday November 14, 2019.

   

Winners of the first, the second and the third prize of the SONG contest will have accommodation till Saturday 16.11.2019 (morning) provided by organizer on his costs, except for the supplement for a single room.

   

If participants in the competition require accommodation in single rooms, they will pay extra supplement 400 CZK for each night and room (regardless of the procedure in the competition) during the enrollment. Accommodation in a single room can only be arranged in case of free hotel capacity.

    

    

The organizer does not cover any accommodation costs for accompanists, for guides or family members of the contestants. The organizer shall reserve rooms for them upon request at their own costs, the price for one person without breakfast being 500 CZK in a double room for each night, in case of a single room the price is 800 CZK for each night without breakfast. Accommodation in a single room can only be arranged in case of free hotel capacity.

    

  

    

   

  

J.   PIANO ACCOMPANISTS

   

  • Accompanists should be provided by the respective schools at their cost.
  • Should a contestant be unable to provide an accompanist of his/her own, he/she will notify the organizer of the fact in his/her application.
  • The organizer shall provide an accompanist for piano accompaniment of the OPERA HOPES competition performances for a lump-sum 250 CZK.
  • The organizer shall provide an accompanist for piano accompaniment of the SONG competition performances for a lump-sum 400 CZK. Contestants asking for a pianist must send copies of nontraditional music material of their repertory with the application – especially works in the 20. and the 21. century compositional style (for their assigned accompanist).
  • The organizer shall provide an accompanist for piano accompaniment of the JUNIOR and OPERA competition performances for a lump-sum 600 CZK. Contestants also must send copies of nontraditional music material of their repertory with the application – especially works in the 20. and the 21. century compositional style (for their assigned accompanist). In case the contestant will not proceed the second round, a part of the lump-sum 300 CZK will be returned.
  • Places, where pianos will be situated, will be announced at the enrollment.
  • Contestants can test the acoustics in the hall where the competition will take place outside the competition schedule before the start or after the end of the competition day, possibly on lunch break. We assume time-frame of about three minutes for each singer.

    

 

 

We recommend contestants to give more care and pay extra attention to the pronunciation of original versions. A bad pronunciation affects the evaluation of a contestant's performance.

Adherence to the required dramaturgy of individual competition tasks, i.e. correct choice of author, musical form and compositional style, is an integral part of the evaluation of the competitor's performance.

       

  

 

K. CONCLUDING PROVISIONS

    

The regulations in this document shall be understood to be valid for the International Antonin Dvorak Singing Competition in 2019.

   

Information about music notes of song cycles by Antonin Dvorak and of the Czech opera arias or orientation for preparation

of your competitive repertoire using the works of authors in the composition-style of the 20th and 21st centuries you can find

at www.singingcompetition.eu