17th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition - Istanbul
The seventh-annual Leyla Gencer Voice Competition will continue with the finals, to be held in Istanbul Sept. 16-20. Tickets for the public performances are now on sale.
The internationally acclaimed competition, which has produced such winners as Pretty Yende, Anita Rachvelishvili, Nino Machaidze, and Marcello Alvarez, is organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İSKV) together with the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, under the sponsorship of the Doğuş Group and Garanti Bank, and with support from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and contributions from Borusan Holding.
The public semi-finals in the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition will be held on Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, and the finals will take place Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Hagia Eirene Museum.
Preliminary auditions for the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition were held in six European countries with specially tailored juries including such figures as the director of the Berlin Staatsoper Opernstudio, Boris Anifantakis; assistant general manager of the Wiener Staatsoper, Rene Zisterer; Royal Opera House pianist Dawid Gowland; and Accademia Teatro alla Scala General Director Luisa Vinci, attracted a record number of young singers. Out of the 176 applicants, 40 quarter-finalists of 22 different nationalities spanning Canada to China and covering a range of almost all
voices – although mostly sopranos and including one countertenor -- were chosen.
Fonte : Hurriyet Daily News