WINNERS OF THE 8TH LEYLA GENCER VOICE COMPETITION ARE ANNOUNCED
Marigona Qerkezi (soprano, Albania) won the first prize while Jonathan Winell (tenor, USA) won the second prize and Hubert Zapior (baritone, Poland) and Deirdre Judith Angenent (soprano, the Netherlands) shared the third prize.
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.
Count-down for the 8th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition
SHINING STARS OF THE OPERA WORLD
The winner of the 7th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in 2012, the 21 year-old Egyptian soprano Fatma Said has already made a name for herself, performing most recently in the Human Rights Day Concert held for the first time at the United Nations in Geneva. After winning the 6th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, South African soprano Pretty Yende went on to collect all the major awards at the Operalia and launched on a dazzling career that spans the major opera houses from the Metropolitan to La Scala. The Leyla Gencer Voice Competition's previous winners such as the Georgian sopranos Nino Machaidze and Anita Rachvelishvili, Argentinean tenor...»»