2018 - 2019

N.I.L.A.C. Winners' Concert

Pride of place for song

A new date to put in your diaries without further ado! On the initiative of Guido Jardon, director of the IMEP, the first edition of the Namur International Lyric Art Competition (NILAC) will take place from Saturday 13th to Friday 19th April 2019.

Its aim is to promote the professional careers of young opera singers of all nationalities, aged from 18 to 33 years old.

Throughout the competition, they will have the opportunity to find their feet, like professionals, and the final will provide them with the chance to perform in a stage setting in front of a jury made up of major opera house representatives, artistic agents and an internationally renowned opera singer.

On this occasion, in addition to the awarding of the five prizes and Public Prize, the winners will earn the right to participate in two prestigious concerts, accompanied by the orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, as well as taking part in a master class given by a renowned opera singer.

With the backing of the City of Namur


IMEP de Namur
From Saturday 13th to Friday 19th APR. 2019


Théâtre de Namur
Saturday 27th APR. 2019 – 6PM

Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Sunday 28th APR. 2019 – 3PM

Concerts of the laureates of the NILAC at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie

The 5 laureates of the NILAC who will perform this Sunday 28th APR. at 3PM are:

  • Cathy-Di ZHANG – 1st Price
  • Louise FOOR – 2nd Price
  • Anne-Aurore COCHET – 3rd Price
  • Becca MARRIOTT – 4th Price
  • Gwendoline BLONDEEL – 5th Price


  • Antonin DVOŘÁK
    Carnaval – Opening
  • Charles GOUNOD
    Roméo et Juliette – “Je veux vivre…”
    La Fiancée du Tsar – “Ivan Sergeyich…”
  • Otto NICOLAÏ
    Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor – “Nun eilt herbei”
  • Johann STRAUSS
    Die Fledermaus – “Mein Herr Marquis…”
  • Jules MASSENET
    Le Cid – “De cet affreux combat… Pleurez mes yeux…”
  • Gaetano DONIZETTI
    Don Pasquale – “Quel guardo il cavaliere…”
  • Jacques OFFENBACH
    Les Contes d’Hoffmann – “Les oiseaux dans la charmille…”
  • Jules MASSENET
    Manon – “Je suis encore tout étourdie…”
  • Giacomo PUCCINI
    Manon Lescaut – “Sola,  perduta, abbandonata”
    La Bohème – “Si, mi chiamano Mimi…”