Congratulations to tenor Josh Lovell, who was named both the Grand Prize and Opera Prize winner at the 52nd Annual International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch on 15 September. In the finals, Josh performed “Ich baue ganz” from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and “Ah! Mes Amis” from Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment.

Founded in 1954, the IVC is the Netherlands’ premier solo classical vocal competition with prizes for opera, oratorio and art song. The competition has a special focus on 20th century and contemporary repertoire. Previous winners include Elly Ameling, Measha Brueggergosman, , Ileana Cotrubas, Thomas Hampson, Nadine Koutcher, Wolfgang Schöne and Pretty Yende.

Canadian tenor Josh Lovell is in his final year as a member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to his IVC honours, he is the 2nd place winner of the 2018 Dallas Opera competition, and was a 2017 semi-finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

In the 2018/19 season, Josh Lovell will continue his tenure with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, performing Odoardo in Ariodante, Le Doyen de la Faculté in Cendrillon, and a Trojan in Idomeneo. He will cover the roles of Arbace in Idomeneo, the Young Servant in Elektra, and Lurcanio in Ariodante.  On the Chicago concert stage, Josh Lovell will debut with Music of the Baroque, performing Bach’s Coffee Cantata, conducted by Jane Glover, as well as Handel’s Messiah with The International Music Foundation and Apollo Chorus. He will also debut the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Victoria Philharmonic in Canada, and sing select Bach cantatas as well as the Magnificat with Baroque ensemble I Musici de Montréal. In 2019, he will join the Ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper.

 Watch Josh Lovell’s IVC Grand Prize Announcement!