Director Silviu Purcarete wins best opera show in Szeged

A success with the public, as well as before a jury comprising resonant names on the international lyrical scene, presided by Raymond Duffaut, Prokofiev’s “Fiery Angel”, directed by Silviu Purcarete, won the best opera show award in the Szeged Armel Festival competition, the Romanian Cultural Institute in Budapest reports. Closing on Thursday night, after running for one year, during which they produced five shows, presented on several stages in Debrecen, New York, Krakow, Bergen and Plzen and selected soloists from all over the world, the festival also offered awards to the best male and female soloists.

The soprano Cristina Baggio, from Italy, appearing as Renata in “The Fiery Angel” won the EUR 10,000-award for the best female soloist, while, in the male soloists’ category, the first prize was not awarded, and the second prize was split between Peter Balczo and Zsolt Haja, both soloists of the Budapest Opera.

Silviu Purcarete created a high quality production, alongside art director Helmuth Sturmer, offering subtle and spectacular solutions, which managed to preserve the uncanny quality of an opera rarely performed. Another Romanian artist selected in the competition was the mezzo-soprano Iulia Vacaru, for her performance in “Veslefrikk”, by Knut Vaage, directed by Robert Alfoldi, a show which won the ARTE public’s choice award. The five premieres were broadcast live on Duna TV and ARTE, and are to be broadcast, in turn, by Mezzo.

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