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June 26, 2022

Mariana Nicolesco, on the 2015 Anniversary Edition of International Singing Competition “Hariclea Darclee”

“It is simultaneously a competition, a masterclass and a genuine music festival!”


184 artists from all corners of the world joined the 2015 Anniversary Edition of International Singing Competition “Hariclea Darclee”, due to start on July 28 and due to end on August 9. After listening to them, the prestigious International Jury presided by Mariana Nicolesco will select this year’s winner.

The jury includes Marco Balderi from Italy, a personality with an impressive career, among other things former Manager of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago and at the time being, Artistic Manager of the Opera House in Seoul and a permanent collaborator of the Darclee Competition; Baoyi Bi, mezzosoprano, an influential figure in the field of China Opera, teacher at the Opera Center of Central China Normal University, an attendant to several editions of the Darclee Competition and to masterclasses; Eugenio Girardi from Italy, set designer and author of wonderful costumes for opera performances in great international theatres; Josef Hussek, from Austria, prestigious Opera House manager in Hamburg and Vienna, artistic manager of the Salzburg Festival and, for the time being, adviser of the Easter Festival initiated by Herbert von Karajan; Stanislaw Daniel Kotlinski from Poland, baritone, professor doctor at the Music Academy in Gdansk and at Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Munich; Stephan Poen from Israel, Doctor in Medicine and Doctor in Musicology, lyrical art professor, well-known to the wide audience; Felix Serraclara from Spain, baritone, director, producer of opera performances and lyrical tours organizer; and finally,  Flavio Trevisan from Italy, who has directed numerous successful opera shows in Europe, South America and Asia. “At this competition, each attendant will be a winner on its own, if they outpass themselves”, Mariana Nicolesco outlined.

The program of the Festival and Competition is of great complexity: on Tuesday, July 28, there will be the Festive Opening and the Inaugural Concert, with the attendance of soprano Adela Zaharia and of bass Bogdan Talos, winners of the  Darclee Competition, accompanied on piano by Alexandru Petrovici. On Saturday, August 1, we may attend the conference held by Dr. Stephan Poen, entitled 20 years of glory of the art of singing, accompanied by screening visuals about Darclee events, presented at the UNESCO reunion in Paris and by arias performed by soprano Mariana Nicolesco. On Sunday, August 2, there will be the concert Re-encounter with talents revealed by the Darclee Competition: baritone Alvaro Lozano, Laureate of the Darclee Grand Prize and his guests. On Tuesday, August 4, and Wednesday, August 5, there will be the Final stage, with access of the audience, of the competition, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Darclee Festival. On Friday, August 5, there will a performances of the opera „L’Elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti, starring soprano Silvia Micu, tenor Ionut Hotea, baritone Alvaro Lozano, bass Zoltan Nagy and soprano Mihaela Alexa, The Choir of the George Enescu Philharmonic, conducted by Iosif Ion Prunner and the Darclee Festival Orchestra, conducted by Marco Balderi; On Saturday, August 8, there will be the Extraordinary Concert on the Danube Esplanade, Two Decades in the World of Masterpieces, held by winners of the “Hariclea Darclee” International Singing Competition, of the Georghe Enescu Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Iosif Ion Prunner and the Darclee Festival Orchestra, conducted by Marco Balderi. Finally, on Sunday, August 9, in the theatre Hariclea Darclee had made her debut appearance in 1881, there will be the Awards Ceremony and the Gala Concert of the Award Winners, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Darclee Festival, once again conducted by Maestro Marco Balderi.

“I do not know any other singing competition to reach such a high level in all its moments and events, such as the one dedicated to Hariclea Darclee. This festival is more than a usual voice contest, it is also a competition, a masterclass and a genuine music festival. These are the things that make it incomparable and unique.”





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