Soloists from 15 countries will contend at the third edition of “Le Grand Prix de l’Opera”, an international canto competition held at the National Opera in Bucharest due August 19-22. The contest aims at discovering and promoting young talents in Romania and abroad, at attracting them to the Bucharest Opera and promoting the institution internationally in order to boost national values.
The entrance is free.
The jury consists of Marc Adam, the artistic director of Nice Opera, John Allison, editor-in-chief of Opera magazine in London, Aviel Cahn, the artistic director at the Flemish Opera in Belgium and Gianni Tangucci, vicepresident of the Opera Academy in Florence and many others.
The first stage of the contest takes place on August 22, starting 10:00. The semi-final is scheduled on August 20, starting 11:00 and the awarding ceremony gala on August 22, as of 7 p.m. The oldest contender is 34 years old, while the youngest is 21.
The first place will be awarded EUR 6,000, the second with EUR 3,000 and the third place is awarded EUR 1,500. Among other distinctions there is also an excellence prize ‘Italy’ for performing an air by an Italian composer, worth EUR 1,000 and granted by the Italian Embassy in Bucharest. The Russian Embassy to Romania is also giving EUR 1,000 in the Rossia award for performing an air by a Russian composer. The German Embassy in Bucharest is granting another EUR 1,000 for performing an air by a German composer. There is also a special prize of the jury offered to the best performance of a young artist.