The International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch was founded in 1954. It is the sole classical vocal competition in the Netherlands that involves oratorio and art song as well as opera, with much attention also being paid to 20th century and to contemporary music. It is a unique cultural institution with long-standing connections to the province of North Brabant and to the historic city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. From 10 through 6 September 2016 the Lied Duo category of the 51st Competition was organized. The Opera | Oratorio category will follow from 7 - 16 September 2017.