The repertoire consists of a free-to-choose part, an obligatory part, and a new composition, commissioned for the occasion of the competition.

All songs have to be sung by heart, with the exemption that the Artistic Director may decide that the commissioned composition may be sung from score. Consult us to be sure on this point!

Feel free to ask us any questions. However, before doing so, please read the text below carefully, and also make sure that your question has not yet been answered in the FAQs.

Free repertoire

Your list of free repertoire should consist of 12 (twelve) songs and  meet the following demands:

  • Each of the following style periods are represented: classicism, romanticism, impressionism and 20th/21st century (we take the last one as a single category; you need not necessarily cover both the 20th and 2st centuries).
  • Each of the following language-cultures are represented: German, French, English and Italian. By 'language-culture' we mean a composer writing a song in his/her own language. While it is impossible to be very strict here, it does mean the songs from Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart in Italian do not count as Italian here. You can of course list those songs, but make sure that the Italian culture is covered otherwise.
  • Clearly, 'English' includes the American literature, as 'German' includes Austria and Switzerland etc.
  • At most 2 songs are from the same song cycle or opus number.
  • The total duration of the songs together must not be less than 25 minutes.

You may adopt songs in your free repertoire that were also in your demo recordings.

Mandatory repertoire

  • A short list of five compulsory songs will be handed over to the admitted duos some five weeks before the competition (see timeline). They will be assigned by the artistic director, and may vary between duo’s (primarily by gender).
  • Duo’s are to study their complete list of five songs. In the first and second round, the Artistic Director will decide which song is to be performed.
  • Early registration bonus: participants completing their registration before the early-bird deadline (see timeline) will be allowed to exclude two of these mandatory songs for the first round. (Those two songs can thus nevertheless be demanded in the second round and must therefore still be studied.)

Commissioned composition (mandatory)

  • The commissioned composition will be handed over to the admitted duos some seven weeks before the competition (see timeline).