“Music is a prayer. The Creator granted us the music to pray without words. Music is a must, as the air to life.”
Vera Kovač Vitkai

About the Competition

Singing competition “Vera Kovač Vitkai” was held for the first time in November 2014 at “Isidor Bajić” Music School in Novi Sad. Honorary member of the jury was prima donna herself, Professor MA Vera Kovač Vitkai.

Competitors can apply at registration page

Management

Executive director
Marta Balaž

Artistic director
Florijan Balaž

Secretary general
László Vitkay – Kucsera

Competition rules

General provisions

  • Applications for the competition shall be submitted on 2020 March 1st, to the following page: REGISTRATION PAGE.
  • The application can be filled out on-line.
  • It is necessary to attach a certificate of payment of donation and a photocopy of a birth certificate (for foreign citizens a photocopy of a passport.
  • Confirmation of payment of donation as well as a photocopy of a birth certificate (for foreign nationals a photocopy of a passport) should be mailed to the organizer address or to e-mail.
  • Fee includes one rehearsal. All competitors are required to pay their own travel expenses, food and accommodation.
  • Warning: In case of cancellation by the contestant, no submitted materials and donations will be returned.
  • The organizer reserves the right to cancel individual stages or the entire competition, unless a sufficient number of competitors.

A donation for the competition is

  • 40 EUR for foreign citizens for I, II and III category
  • 50 EUR for foreign citizens IV, V and VI category
  • 50 EUR for foreign citizens duets and chamber ensembles

a) For participants from Serbia donation will be transferred into the account of the competition:
Bank Account Beneficiary: „FloriArt“
Address: Bulevar Oslobođenja 145, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Account Number: ERSTE BANK 340 – 11010166 – 66

b) For foreign nationals donation will be transferred to the account:
ACCOUNT OF THE BENEFICIARY WITH
Swift code: GIBARS22
ERSTE BANK A.D. NOVI SAD
BENEFICIARY:
IBAN RS35340000001101016666
NAME Udruženje FloriArt
ADRESS SRBIJA 21000 NOVI SAD bul. Oslobođenja 145

Official accompanist

  • Competition organizer will provide contact of official accompanis.
  • Competitors directly contact the official accompanist and agree on the terms of their engagement.

Competition rules

  • The program is performed by heart for all categories (except for chamber ensembles), and in original language for III, IV, V and VI category.
  • The program is submitted in original language.
  • Arrangements of folk songs are not accepted (Neapolitan, Russian, etc..).
  • The order works in the program and singing repetitions in particular pieces is decided by the competitor.
  • Female and male voices within the same category are specifically evaluated.
    In the fourth and fifth categories, the stages are not eliminative. Each stage is evaluated separately, and the final score is the median score of both stages.
  • Competitors must be able to present the publication of sheet music used for the preparation of performance per request by the organizer.
  • The organizer reserves the right to produce and public audio visual materials. Participants will waive all rights, such as royalties or any other rights in relation to the use of music and video material in relation to their participation and / or musical performance during the competitions and events that accompany the competition. Organizer reserves the right to public music and / or video recordings on CD, DVD and the Internet. Organizer will not be responsible for any injury of participants and equipment at disposal to participants during the competition. By joining the contest, the candidate or his guardian accept all the rules set forth in these provisions.

The Program

CATEGORY I

Female 2003 and younger

Male 2001 and younger

  1. A song by the composer from the 15th to 18th Centuries An “Arie Antiche”
  2. A song with exception of  “Arie Antiche” songs

 

CATEGORY II

Female 2001 – 2002

Male 1999 – 2000

  1. A song by the composer from the 15th to 18th Centuries An “Arie Antiche
  2. Two songs

 

CATEGORY III

F emale 1999 – 2000

Male 1997 – 1998

  1. A song by the composer from the 15th to 18th Centuries An “Arie Antiche” or a song
  2. Two songs
  3. A song or operatic aria from any opera after Gluck’s reforms or concert aria

 

CATEGORY IV

Female 1997 – 1998

Male 1995 – 1996

  1. A song by the composer from the 15th to 18th Centuries An “Arie Antiche” or a song
  2. A song or operatic aria from any opera after Gluck’s reforms or concert aria
  3. One operatic aria from any opera after Gluck’s reforms or concert aria

 

CATEGORY V

Female 1995 – 1996

Male 1993 – 1994

  • THE FIRST ROUND
  1. A song by the composer from the 15th to 18th Centuries An “Arie Antiche” or a song
  2. Aria from oratorio, cantata or massA song
  • THE SECOND ROUND
  1. Two operatic arias from any opera after Gluck’s reforms or aria from operetta or concert aria

 

CATEGORY VI

Female 1990 –1994

Male 1988 – 1992

  • THE FIRST ROUND
  1. Three operatic arias from any opera after Gluck’s reforms or aria from operetta or concert aria
  • THE SECOND ROUND
  1. Two operatic arias from any opera after Gluck’s reforms or aria from operetta or concert aria

 

DUETS AND CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

*The category is determined by the oldest member of the ensemble

CATEGORY I 1999

  1. Two or more compositions

CATEGORY II 1996

  1. Two or more compositions

CATEGORY III 1990

  1. Two or more compositions

Prizes

  • The title Laureat of the „Vera Kovač Vitkai“ competition may be awarded to one competitor only. Laureate is only the winning competitor.
  • 500 EVRA gets “Laureat” and performance at the Gala concert “Young Hope” on Festival “Oper Aria” with Festival Orchestra in Novi Sad.
  • Three times 150 Euros will be awarded to the contestants who will be selected to perform at the Gala concert “Young Hope” on Festival “Oper Aria” with Festival Orchestra in Novi Sad.
  • Special prize “For the youngest contestant”
  • The winners of their categories will have the opportunity to perform at the concert at the “Neo” Festival at the end of June 2019 in Novi Sad
  • Prizes and diplomas will be awarded at the end of the contest category, after the results are announced.
  • Laureate of the competition will be announced at final concert.
  • The program of final concert competition is determined by the jury on the basis of the competition repertoire.
  • At the end of the competition day, discussion panels will be organized with members of the jury and the competitors who performed that day.
  • All competitors will receive a diploma of participation. Only competitor who won the title Laureate can use the title of the Laureate of the “Vera Kovac Vitkai” competition.

Jury

  • Jury of the “Vera Kovac Vitkai” competition consists of five members – prominent international singers and teachers.
  • Work and jury sessions are open to the public.
  • The jury will work according to Rule Book of the “Vera Kovac Vitkai” competition.
  • Rule Book will be made available to any interested individual.
  • For the purpose of suggesting further development initiatives, each competitor will be allowed to contact members of the jury, according to the organized schedule.
  • Eliminated competitors are not allowed any contact with the members of the jury outside of the organized schedule, till the end of the competition.
  • The jury decisions are final.

Transitional and Final Provisions

  • Competitors are required to send program that will be performed at the competition before Jun 7nd, 2019 to the e-mail address provided.
  • Program changes will not be allowed after March 1st, 2020.
  • The order of performance at the competition will be determined by drawing letters (by lot), and further in alphabetical order by last name of competitors.
  • The drawn letter will determine the starting sequence of performance at all stages of the competition and all categories.
  • Competitors at arrival to the competition must register with the Secretariat of the Competition (in accordance to the competition calendar).
  • Registered competitors will be provided the list of hotels list with a price list and accommodation options.
  • Organizer may book chosen hotel per competitor’s request.
  • First-prize winners (at all categories) must be available to the organizers of the competition in case of any performance immediately after the competition. Otherwise, competitor may loose the won prize.
  • The performance in this case is fee free and singers are not entitled for the honorary payment.
  • For additional information, please write on e-mail: [email protected]
  • In case of disputes, Rule Book in Serbian language will be legally used.