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2021 vocal residency

June 17 2021 to July 4 2021
Residency open to singers and pianists up to 30 years old on 1st January 2021

The Académie du Festival d’Aix owes its reputation to its vocal residency. Every summer, an advanced vocal programme is offered for singers and piano accompanists, based on the Mozartian repertoire – for which the Festival d’Aix has been famous since its beginnings—and lieder, baroque music, French melody and contemporary creation.

This residency provides artists with career development tools, and aims to consolidate singers’ vocal technique in a variety of repertoires, and to strengthen piano accompanists’ skills in supporting and advising singers. Revelling in the incredible sense of emulation that reigns at the heart of the Festival, each participant will be given the opportunity to perform in front of different audiences, and will benefit from professional expertise in outreach.

The Canadian soprano EDITH WIENS has been chosen for a second edition to lead this 2021 vocal residency. She is a teacher at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and her tuition methods have set the benchmark for the world of lyrical singing. French baritone STÉPHANE DEGOUT will also take part as a guest teacher. Renowned piano accompanists will work with the pianists participating in the residency.

This vocal residency ends with a unique concert featuring the participants and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble conducted by RAPHAËL PICHON, will round off the residency, during the opening weekend of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July 2021.

Singers and piano accompanists in the residency will also be privileged partners with the young conductors participating in the Mentorship programme for conductors interested in directing opera.


Edith Wiens — Vocal professor at the Juilliard School of Music & Artistic director at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie
Raphaël Pichon — Conductor
Emmanuel Olivier — Vocal coach pianists
Stéphane Degout — Baritone
Marcelo Amaral — Vocal coach pianists


10 singers
3 vocal coach pianists


— Master classes in vocal development by Edith Wiens
— Work sessions with Stéphane Degout
— Work on concert programmes, including one with orchestra with Raphaël Pichon
— Some master classes (held in English) may be open to the public.
— Musical meetings with specific or school-based audiences in conjunction with the Festival’s Passerelles services.
— Concerts and public events in June within the Festival Aix en juin in Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding area.



1. Shortlisting* via application
— Biography
— 2 audio or video recordings in two different styles and languages

2. Final selection on online audition
— Audition programme: please be sure to prepare 2 arias from Mozart's operas and 1 lied or 1 melody


* Application shortlisting results will be announced two weeks prior to the audition.

APPLICATION DEADLINE — December 2nd, 2020



Application is closed for the 2021 Vocal Residency




ONLINE — Singers on 12 December 2020

For artists who are called to audition online on 12 December, the Festival will reimburse the following expenses up to a total of €120 excl. tax:

  • Equipment rental expenses (mic, etc.) on presentation of invoice. No purchases will be reimbursed.
  • Studio rental expenses on presentation of invoice.
  • Expenses related to hiring a pianist may be covered under certain conditions. Please contact the Académie teams:

Original payment receipts, along with the candidate's bank details, must be mailed to the following address for the attention of Louise Phelouzat – Festival d’Aix en Provence, 65 rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, by 16 December 2020. After this deadline, no expenses can be reimbursed.



All incomplete applications will be rejected.
Application fees cannot be reimbursed.



Singers and pianists: training agreement for the entire duration of the residency
Singers: contract for the rehearsal period and the concert with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble providing for a gross remuneration of €400.

Master classes, accommodation and travel* fees are covered by the Festival d'Aix. Artists pay for their meals.

* Reimbursements of travel fees are made on proof of purchase of a 2nd class return plane or train ticket between the artist’s town / city of residence and Aix / Marseilles. Reimbursements are capped by geographical area: €80 (PACA Region), €210 (whole of France), €350 (Europe / Mediterranean), €500 (outside Europe and the Mediterranean)

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