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August 17, 2022

Romanian soprano wins International Singing Competition

Between March 22 and 27, the Bucharest National Opera (ONB) hosted the third edition of the “Lyrical Art Masters” International Singing Com­petition, dedicated, this year, to the baritone Petre Stefanescu-Goanga (1902-1973), a lyrical artist acclaimed in the major opera houses in Romania and elsewhere.

The first prize went to the Romanian soprano Veronica Anusca. The prize consists in EUR 3,000 and two lead roles in performances of the Bucharest Opera. The second prize was awarded, ex aequo, to Jean Kristof Bouton, a Canadian baritone, and bass-baritone Iurie Maimescu, for Moldova. The prize consists in EUR 1,000 for each and a lead role in an ONB performance.

The tenor Igor Turcan, from Moldova, was the winner of the third prize, which consists in EUR 1,000 and a part in a performance of ONB’s “Ludovic Spiess” Opera and Ballet Experimental Studio. Special mentions were awarded to Manuela Pascu, a Romanian mezzo-soprano, and Romanian baritone Alexandru Aghenie. These consist in a role in a performance of ONB’s “Ludovic Spiess” Experimental Studio.

Three special prizes were awarded. The Musical Critics’ Guild Award went to Romanian soprano Alexandra Tarniceru. The special prize offered by the classical music magazine “Melos” went, ex aequo, to the winner of the first prize, Veronica Anusca, and Jean Kristof Bouton.

The Colla Parte (accompaniment) prize was awarded to the pianist Mihai Murariu. The competition final was followed by the Awards Gala and the Laureates’ Concert, which took place, starting 7 pm, at the Bucharest National Opera.

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