The preliminary auditions held in Paris, London, Berlin, Milan, Warsaw, and Istanbul are now completed and the juries have chosen the contestants to compete in the final series in Istanbul in September. You can view the full list of quarter-finalists from here.
JURY TO BE PRESIDED BY THE RENOWNED ITALIAN SOPRANO LUCIANA SERRA
The 8th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition is honoured to have Luciana Serra to preside its jury. Performing in all the major opera houses throughout Italy in the 80s, Luciana Serra subsequently launched on a truly international career that has spanned the worlds most prestigious opera houses from the Metropolitan to Covent Garden and the leading concert stages from the Salzburg Festival to the Berliner Philharmonie.
Her performances of over 40 operas and her numerous recordings have all contributed in raising interest and affection in the audiences for the coloratura repertoire and for both Rossinis and Donizettis works. Maestra Serra currently gives masterclasses around the world, as well as teaching vocal technique at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.
176 SINGERS FROM 42 COUNTRIES
The 7th Leyla Gencer Voice Competitions preliminary auditions in six European cities received applications from 42 nationalities all over the world. Out of the 176 young singers, who competed in front of international juries in Istanbul, Milan, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Madrid, 40 were chosen to come to Istanbul for the final series. Istanbul welcomed contestants from many different countries, as far as South Korea and China in the East and the United States and Canada on the West. The 40 quarter-finalists embraced all voice groups except the alto, yet it was four sopranos who embraced the prizes in the end: Egyptian soprano Fatma Said won the first prize along with the Doğuş Audience Award, Brazilian soprano Ludmilla Bauerfeldt won the second prize, and American soprano Jessica Rose Cambio the third prize, while Romanian soprano Irina Iona Baiant received the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Special Award.
The 8th Leyla Gencer Competition will once again see young singers from all over the world competing for recognition and prizes. This year the competition offers special awards by the Accademia Teatro alla Scala and Polish National Opera, along with an audience award besides the three prizes of 23,500 in total.
SHINING STARS OF THE OPERA WORLD
After winning the 6th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, soprano Pretty Yende went on to collect all the major awards at the Operalia in 2011 and launched on a dazzling career that took the world opera scene by storm. Coloratura soprano Pervin Çakar, who was the third prize winner at the same competition, recently crowned her international achievements by the first prize she received at the 28th International Singing Competition Maria Caniglia. The Leyla Gencer Voice Competition's previous winners Nino Machaidze, Anita Rachvelishvili, Marcello Alvarez and Nikola Mijailovic are now counted amongst the brightest stars of the opera world. »»
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