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Nuits Lyriques de Marmande

Regulation of the International Singing Competition

This competition, organized by the Festival Lyrique en Marmandais as part of the Nuits Lyriques, is open to candidates of all nationalities and aims to promote young operatic singers. It includes of two categories, of which one or two may be selected :

  1. OPERA :In this category, light or comic operas and operetta are allowed if they make possible for candidates to prove their vocal skills and musical interpretation abilities.

Candidates may apply in one or two categories.

The registration criteria for both categories are as follows :

– have been born after 31 August 1986 and before 27 August 2001. Exceptional derogations may be granted. Any request for derogation will be examined, individually, by the President of the organising association, who is sovereign in his decision.

– present a detailed CV of his/her professional and/or training experience. The organisers reserve the right to accept or refuse an application. They are not required to justify their decision, which is final.

– have submitted a complete registration file (with all supporting documents) and paid the registration fee for the chosen category (ies) before the deadline set by these regulations.

Additionnal requirements for both categories :

– Only registered candidates whose applications have been accepted (confirmation of registration sent by the Competition, as proof) will be admitted to the competition.

– To participate in the qualifying rounds, regularly registered singers must attend the reception of the candidates, the presentation of the Jury and the group photo on the first day of the competition, at 8:30 am, at the Comoedia Theatre.

 -The candidate’s registration implies full acceptance of these rules and any changes that may occur between the sending of their application and the date of the competition. In the event of a dispute, only the French version shall be authoritative.

– A candidate who has obtained a first prize in a category of this competition or the Grand Prize in previous years may no longer compete in that category.

– Engagement contracts may be proposed to candidates, winners or not, to participate in the Nuits Lyriques de Marmande (edition 2020 or following) or in the association’s other productions.

– All members of the Jury are likely to offer commitments to candidates or assist in their promotion.

– The organizing association develops specific partnerships with other competitions or lyrical structures. Such partnerships may derogate from one or more points of this Regulation, without candidates being able to complain about it or be harmed in any way.

 -For all points not provided for in these rules, any possible addition, slight modifications of the rules and, more generally, any questions raised during the conduct of the competition, the organising association is, in the end, sovereign and sole decision-maker. Its decisions are final.


An entry fee (see amount on attached entry form) is required, per category, for each candidate if he/she wishes to participate in the competition. This fee must be paid, in Euros, at the time of registration and forms an integral part of the application. For European and foreign candidates, mandates, transfers, etc… must include additional management and/or commission costs. The net amount received by the organizing association must correspond to the registration fees. Once the candidate’s registration has been confirmed by the Competition at the time of submission of the application, the registration fee is no longer refundable and remains valid, even if the candidate is absent (for whatever reason) and even if the candidate’s participation is called into question for non-compliance with one of the clauses of these rules.

The complete file (to be sent before 1 July 2019 last deadline) must include the following documents:

– An artistic curriculum vitae (training and professional activities)

– 2 photographs (4cm/4cm)

– A photocopy of the identity document

– Registration fees (or proof of payment)

– Confirmation of registration will be sent to the candidate upon receipt of the complete file.


Candidates will be accompanied exclusively by piano; no other form of accompaniment will be accepted (other than piano, recorded musical medium, etc.). A cappella singing will not be accepted except in the case where all or part of a piece has been written by the composer.

Several accompanying pianists are provided by the organizers (at no extra cost to the candidates). Each candidate may be accompanied by his own pianist (at his own expense). The Association does not organize rehearsals with the accompanying pianists before the Competition events.

For pianists, candidates must provide the piano/song scores, legible and in good condition, of the works they have chosen. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the participation of a candidate who is unable to provide his scores or if one of them proves unreadable or unusable by the pianist.



Candidates may not sing the same piece twice. The works must be performed without score.


In their application form, each candidate proposes a programme of 5 tunes, at least one of which must be in French. At the end of the tests, the candidates must have interpreted at least 1 tune in French.

Transpositions are prohibited (except when they are customary or planned by the composer). French translation is allowed for Viennese operettas.

The programme indicated on the registration form may exceptionally be modified up to one week before the start of the playoffs. Any such modification must be duly notified in writing to the organisers.


French melody is a musical form for voice and piano, composed on a poetic text written and sung in French. In this category, songs and romances are not accepted, especially those from the repertoire generally related to variety. In case of doubt about the definition of the work, candidates may refer to the repertoire of the Centre International de la Mélodie Française in order to check whether the title or titles they intend to interpret are included in it. The directory is available free of charge on the Internet at:

In their application form, each candidate proposes a programme of 5 French melodies. Only one melody is sung in the elimination and semi-final, even if it is shorter than the time limit. In the rare case of very short melody cycles (e.g. Poulenc’s Bestiaire), it is possible to interpret several melodies of the same cycle, while remaining within the time limit.


All rounds take place at the

Théâtre Comoedia : 30 rue Léopold Faye 47200 MARMANDE – FRANCE

The order of performance will be drawn by lot and will remain the same throughout the competition.

Candidates must evaluate their schedule in order to present themselves in the posted order. Each candidate is responsible for his or her punctuality, time management and order of business. The schedules and written indications posted by the organizers must be strictly respected.

A candidate who is absent at the time of his passage loses the possibility of competing in this event and will therefore be excluded from the competition. Only the Jury can decide to reinstate him/her in the competition and choose to hear him/her at any time.

Before each test, candidates must present their candidate card.

The deliberations of the Juries of Professionals and High School students are secret. The decisions of the Juries are sovereign and without appeal.

Simple clothing is accepted for the playoffs and semi-final. For the final, a gala outfit is required.

The winners will receive a Prize and a diploma. If they so wish, the other candidates will receive, on request, a certificate of participation in the competition, mentioning the level of the test they have reached.

A candidate’s interpretation may be interrupted if the time limit is exceeded.

The competition is divided into three phases: QualifiersSemi-final – Final

Qualifiers :

The candidate interprets 1 piece chosen from the program he has proposed in his application.

Maximum duration of the song : 4 minutes (Only one cute is allowed).

Semi-final :

The candidate sings 1 piece that he chooses from the works proposed in his program and that he has not already performed. Maximum duration of the song : 6 minutes (Only one cute is allowed).

Final :

The candidate must perform 2 pieces.

The first one he chooses from the tunes of his program that he has not yet performed.

The second one that the Jury chooses from the tunes in its program and that the candidate has not yet sung.

In the OPERA category, the Jury reserves the right to sing only one song if the number of finalists exceeds a dozen. In this case, the tune performed will be chosen by the Jury.

The announcement of the results and the presentation of the Prizes will take place at the end of the evening, at the end of the deliberations. Maximum duration of each piece : 8 to 10 minutes


The 2018 finalists in a category are admitted directly to the semi-finals of the same category in 2019. Candidates from other competitions, having a partnership with Marmande, can go directly to the semi-finals.

However, all candidates admitted directly to the semi-finals may, at their duly expressed request, compete in the preliminary rounds. Candidates admitted directly to the semi-finals must collect their transit card on Friday 30 August 2019 before 9.30 am.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE (subject to modifications)

Wenesday 28th August, 2019

08.30 a.m.: Welcome of candidates  –  09.30 a.m. : Presentation of the jury  –  10.00 a.m. : Eliminatory Rounds


Thursday 29th AUGUST, 2019

10 a.m. : Continuation and completion of Eliminatory Rounds.


Friday 30th AUGUST, 2019

10 a.m. : Semi-Finals

Saturday 31st AUGUST, 2019

Final : afternoon and evening.


The grants represent a total value of €21,600 in prizes and Participation Fees for the non-awarded Finalists. Subject to modification without notice.

The Jury may, if necessary, decide on the award or non-award of the Prizes as well as on the allocation of the prizes for the Special Prizes or in the case of tied candidates.

The Young Hope Prize cannot be combined with any other Prize awarded by the Jury of Professionals. The winner of this Prize must be between 18 and 23 years of age for high-pitched voices and up to 25 years of age for low-pitched voices, by the end of the Competition Final.

The Prices are paid by cheque. If a winner requests to be paid by bank transfer, any transfer fees will be charged to him/her and deducted from the amount of the prize.

The Social Networks Prize is awarded among the candidates present at the final only in the Opera category.



By registering and adhering to these rules, candidates expressly authorize:

Øthe recording and broadcasting of their performance, live, on the Internet, as part of the Social Networks Prize,

Øthe recording of their service on all media (photographs, audio and audiovisual recordings,…),

Øthe use of their name and quality on all media and by all processes,

Øthe distribution and representation of photographs, recordings and recordings for non-commercial purposes of communication, information, promotion and archiving, in any medium known or unknown to date, including the Internet, and by any means.

This transfer of recording, capture, use and distribution rights is granted and accepted free of charge and for the whole world.



In the event of cancellation of the International Singing Competition, for any reason whatsoever, including lack of funding, the Association du Festival Lyrique en Marmandais cannot be held liable towards the candidates, and will therefore be released from all charges and compensation.


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