Concours musical international de Montréal | voice 2018: the semifinals


20 singers from 12 nations advance to the Art Song and Aria semifinals

Montreal, Friday, June 1st, 2018 – Between May 29 and 31, 38 singers from 20 nations participated in the First round of the Art Song and Aria divisions. The jury selected 8 semifinalists in the Art Song division and 12 semifinalists in the Aria division, representing together some 12 nations. The Art Song semifinal starts today June 1st at Bourgie Hall. Here are the Art Song semifinalists by order of appearance:

Art Song Semifinal I – 3 pm

Julien Van Mellaerts (New Zealand – United Kingdom), baritone

Irina Jae-Eun Park (South Korea), soprano

Axelle Fanyo (France), soprano

Rihab Chaieb (Canada – Tunisia), mezzo-soprano

Art song Semifinal II – 7:30 pm

Gemma Summerfield (United Kingdom), soprano

Tomi Punkeri (Finland), baritone

John Brancy (United States), baritone

Clara Osowski (United States), mezzo-soprano

At the end of the semifinal, the jury will select four singers to advance to the Final on June 3 at 3 pm also at Bourgie.

As for the Aria semifinals, these will be held on June 4 and 5 at 7:30 pm at Maison symphonique, where singers perform with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) led by British conductor Graeme Jenkins. Here are the Aria semifinalists in order of appearance:

Aria semifinal I – Monday, June 4 at 7:30 pm

Dilyara Idrisova (Russia), soprano

Kidon Choi (South Korea), baritone

Mihail Mihaylov (Bulgaria), tenor

Emily D’Angelo (Canada – Italy), mezzo-soprano

Andrew Haji (Canada), tenor

Jongsoo Yang (South Korea), bass

Aria semifinal II – Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 pm

Konstantin Lee (South Korea), tenor

Petr Nekoranec (Czech Republic), tenor

John Brancy (United States), baritone

Rihab Chaieb (Canada – Tunisia), mezzo-soprano

Mario Bahg (South Korea), tenor

Mikhail Golovushkin (Russia), bass

The Competition closes with the Finals Gala on June 7 at Maison symphonique as six singers perform with the OSM led by maestro Jenkins. The concert will be followed by the proclamation of winners in both divisions at the awards ceremony. 

Zarin Mehta, among the world’s leading performing arts administrators and consultants, presides over the Voice 2018 jury comprised of Edith Bers (United States), Ben Heppner (Canada), Soile Isokoski (Finland), Warren Jones (United States), François Le Roux (France), Dame Felicity Lott (United Kingdom), Richard Rodzinski (United States), Joseph Rouleau (Canada), and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (New Zealand).


Through a partnership with the Opéra de Montréal, the CMIM presents master classes featuring jury members, all of which begin at 1 pm in Bourgie Hall:

  • June 2 with soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, preceded by a short documentary
  • June 4 with collaborative pianist Warren Jones
  • June 5 with soprano Soile Isokoski


In addition, on June 4 and 5 at 6:45 pm (just prior to the semi-finals at 7:30 pm), in the Foyer Allegro at the Maison symphonique, Jean-Pierre Primiani, Director of Development at the Opéra de Montréal, will host pre-concert talks with jury members Ben Heppner (June 4) and Dame Felicity Lott (June 5).

Through a partnership with the Festival international du film sur l’art (FIFA), the CMIM is presenting CINEMUSE. A chance to discover two exceptional documentaries on artists that have influenced an entire generation of musicians and music fans, on Saturday, June 2 in the Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Host: Mario F. Paquet.

 5:30pm: Mstislav Rostropovitch, l’archet indomptable (2017) – A film by Bruno Monsaingeon, followed by a commentary with cellist Denis Brott.

8:00 pm: Bloody Daughter (2012) – A film by Stéphanie Argerich, followed by a commentary with 2004 CMIM First prizewinner pianist Serhiy Salov.

Admission to the master classes and to CINEMUSE is free of charge. Admission to the talks is free of charge upon presentation of a ticket for the following concert.


All rounds of the Competition are webcast live and available on demand at Master classes will be webcast and available on demand on the CMIM and partner Opéra de Montréal’s websites. Moreover, the Aria Finals Gala will be broadcast live on the program Toute une musique on ICI MUSIQUE and the new ICI MUSIQUE Classique digital radio, on Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Marie-Christine Trottier and Sylvia L’Écuyer.







Founded in 2002, the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) aims to further the development of the world’s most promising young singers, violinists, and pianists, while making classical music more accessible to the greatest possible number of people. The CMIM is the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to feature three disciplines (piano, voice, and violin) in a three-year rotation. Since its first edition dedicated to Voice in 2002, 3,500 hopefuls have entered the Competition, and close to 500 have been welcomed to perform in Montreal.

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