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5/8/2012 Singers chosen for the Savonlinna Opera Festival’s II International Singing Competition

The following singers have qualified for the Savonlinna Opera Festival’s II International Singing Competition:
Vivianne  Holmberg Sweden  soprano
Nina  Minasyan Armenia soprano
Ulyana  Alieksiuk Ukraine soprano
Mahikian  Anais  France soprano
Pia Cruz Mexico soprano
Heather Engebretson  USA soprano
Özgecan Gencer Turkey soprano
Laura  Macrì Italy soprano
Ekaterina Shevaldina Russia soprano
Katerina Smidova Czech Republic soprano
Iulia Surdu Romania soprano
Elina Volkmane Latvia soprano
Miina-Liisa Värelä Finland  soprano
Nadezhda Karyazina Russia mezzo-soprano
Maria Kataeva Russia mezzo-soprano
Ekaterina Kurbanova Russia mezzo-soprano
Iryna Zhytynska Ukraine mezzo-soprano
Viktor Antipenko Russia tenor
Cameron  Becker USA tenor
Andrei Bogatsh Estonia  tenor
Cristian Mogosan Romania tenor
Oleksiy Palchykov Ukraine tenor
Artjoms Safronous Latvia tenor
Filip Bandžak Czech Republic baritone
Boram Kim South Korea baritone
Vesselin Mihaylov Bulgaria baritone
Donovan Singletary USA Bass-baritone
Adam Palka Poland bass
Oleg Tibulco Moldova bass
Matti Turunen Finland  bass

According to Jari Hämäläinen, Chairman of the Jury, the qualifying round indicates that the competition will be of a high standard. This will mean some difficult decisions in both the early rounds and the finals.

Thirty singers from 18 countries were chosen for the preliminary rounds out of 90 applicants. The oldest singers chosen for the competition were born in 1982 and the youngest in 1990. Two Finnish singers were chosen: Miina-Liisa Värelä, soprano, and Matti Turunen, bass.
 
The preliminary rounds will be held at the Savonlinna Hall on July 24–26:

Round I at 15.00 on Tuesday July 24
Round II at 15.00 on Wednesday July 25
Round III at 15.00 on Thursday July 26

The finals will be held in Olavinlinna Castle at 19.00 on Sunday July 29.
 
The order of performance will be determined by lot at 10.00 on July 23, during the morning Festival session in Harbour Park, Savonlinna.
In the preliminary rounds the contestants will perform, with piano accompaniment, an aria from an opera by W. A. Mozart and an opera aria of their own choice.
The six contestants chosen for the finals will be accompanied by the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra. They will sing two opera arias of their own choice but different from those offered in the preliminary rounds.

The I International Singing Competition in 2010 was won by South African soprano Pretty Yende and US tenor Michele Angelini.

Further info:
Jari Hämäläinen, jari.hamalainen@operafestival.fi, tel. +358 40 554 5955.