Concert de chant - Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2019


June 21 2022 to July 7 2022
Residency open to singers and pianists under 30 years old as of January 1, 2022.

Residency open to singers and pianists under 30 years old as of January 1, 2022.

Present since the creation of the Académie du Festival d’Aix, the Vocal residency has strongly contributed to forging its reputation. Each summer, this advanced vocal programme is designed for singers and piano accompanists. The programme works on grand opera repertoire as well as lieder, French melody and contemporary creation.
This residency aims to consolidate singers’ vocal technique, in different styles and repertoires, to strengthen the skills of the pianists as accompanist and vocal coaches, and to provide those artists with career development tools, a real springboard on the way to their future as performers.
Reveling 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 third edition to lead this 2022 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.
The French baritone STÉPHANE DEGOUT, an emblematic figure of the Festival, will continue his teaching approach and will put his knowledge of the world of opera to good use.
Renowned piano accompanist such as MARCELO AMARAL will work with the pianists participating in the residency. KORNEEL BERNOLET, harpsichord accompanist, will also take part to this residency.
A unique concert featuring the participants and Les Talens Lyriques, conducted by CHRISTOPHE ROUSSET, will round off the residency, during the opening weekend of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2022.


Edith Wiens — Vocal professor at the Juilliard School of Music & Artistic Director at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie
Stéphane Degout — Baritone
Marcelo Amaral — Vocal coach pianist
Korneel Bernolet — Harpsichord accompanist
Christophe Rousset — Conductor & Musical Director of Les Talens Lyriques


• Master class in vocal development by Edith Wiens
• Master class on the French melody repertoire by Stéphane Degout
• Work on 3 concert programmes, including one with orchestra
For the last concert of the residency, the singers will be accompanied by the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques under the baton of Christophe Rousset.
Some work sessions (held in English) may be open to the public.
The residency will give rise to public concerts and events in June and in July, in Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding area. Educational meetings will be organised in conjunction with the Festival’s Passerelles services.


10 singers
3 pianists and vocal coaches


1. Shortlisting via application
• Biography / CV and photo
• Audio or video recordings including at least an aria by Mozart
2. Final selection on audition (New York, Paris or London)
• Audition programme:
- 1 opera aria by Mozart
- 1 Lied or 1 melody



1. Shorlisting via application
• Biography / CV and photo
• Audio or video recordings including:
- accompaniement of an opera aria by Mozart
- a piece for piano solo
2. Final selection on audition (New York, Londres or Paris)
• Audition programme:
- accompaniement of 1 aria in sight reading with a singer
- 1 opera ensemble by Mozart selected by the candidate, on which he/she will be playing the piano part and singing the different voices.



• NEW YORK | Singers: 11 & 12 November 2021
• PARIS | Singers: 16 & 17 December 2021
• LONDON | Singers: 13 January 2022
• PARIS | Pianists: 31 January 2022

Travel expenses (hotel, transport) of the artists auditioning in New York, Paris and London will be reimbursed up to a value of €100, upon presentation of supporting documents.


Application fees cannot be reimbursed.
* Application shortlisting results will be announced two weeks prior to the audition in the city applicants have selected in the form.
All incomplete applications will be rejected.


• Singers and pianists: training agreement for the entire duration of the residency
• Singers: contract for the rehearsal period and the concert with the Ensemble Talens lyriques providing for a gross remuneration of €400.
Master classes, lunches, accommodation and travel* fees are covered by the Festival d'Aix.
* 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/Marseille. Reimbursements are capped by geographical area: €80 (PACA Region), €210 (whole of France), €350 (Europe / Mediterranean), €500 (outside Europe and the Mediterranean)


- from 24 September 2021
- to 21 October 2021 for people auditioning in New-York
- to 14 November 2021 for singers auditioning in Paris
- to 5 december 2021 for people auditioning in London
- to 6 January 2022 for pianist auditioning in Paris

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