April 14, 2021

Anduaga y González, Operalia awards

The Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga and the Guatemalan soprano Adriana González took the first two prizes of the opera category, endowed with $ 30,000 each, plus another ten thousand for having been considered the best performers of zarzuela obtaining the Plácido Domingo Ferrer prize he and Pepita Embil she, which are the awards that bear the name of the parents of the great Spanish artist Plácido Domingo, a true promoter of this magnificent International Singing Contest that has hosted the Prague National Theater this year and that in 2020 Everything indicates that he will return to Asia being, in the absence of official confirmation, in Singapore. The final directed by maestro Domingo from the pit and in front of the National Opera Orchestra was followed live by Medici TV and Facebook with thousands of viewers from all over the world and hundreds of singers who have passed through the contest encouraging the teacher and the contestants The level of the dozen finalists was very high, but especially among the men's category. The tenor Xabier Anduaga impressed with his interpretation of the popular Aryan Donizetti «Ah! mes amis »with a brilliant and spectacular broadcast from the first note, with an impeccable canoe line and bright treble as in the fantastic romance« by the smoke you know where the fire »of« Doña Francisquita ». The only one who was at a similar level, but without such a round and musical voice, was Gihoon Kim who sang a “Nemico della patria” impressive for the quality of the diction, the emotional interpretation, the phrasing and the expressiveness taking the second prize and that of the public.

Great expressiveness

The American contractor of German origin, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, took the third prize with a very important voice, of ample volume and extensive record, very good consistent highs and lows and of outstanding musicality and expressiveness that he demonstrated with a Haendel aria. The musicality and beauty of the instrument of the Korean tenor Mario Bahg, who sang exquisitely the Aryan of "Il Duca" by Donizetti "Angelo casto e bel" deserves to be highlighted. In the feminine section, the soprano of Guatemala Adriana Gonzalez triumphed with her outstanding musicality, beautiful instrument and exquisite treble and half voices especially in the delicate romanza of "Mirentxu" by Guridi and not so much in the aria de Juliette of the opera of Gounod. The Russian mezzo Maria Kataeva demonstrated very good singing and interpretive skills both in the aria of "La Cenerentola" by Rossini and in a romanza of "Daughters of Zebedee" by Chapí being awarded the second prize and the audience prize. The Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson presented a very important voice of great media and projection deservedly obtaining the third prize and the Birgitt Nilsson endowed with fifteen thousand dollars, an award that the American soprano Felicia Moore also obtained. A great night of opera and zarzuela in Prague with some of the young people who will be in the first theaters of the world in a few years. As this contest has been demonstrating during its 27 editions with winners that today are leading figures in the international lyric scene.

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