He Teatro Real will host, one more year, concert winners International Singing Competition Tenor Viñas, that last January celebrated its 58th edition and in which the mezzo-soprano from Donostia Carmen Artaza won the First Grand Prize, in addition to obtaining the Mozart Prize and the extraordinary prize for the Best Spanish Singer.
Next to her, the public will have the opportunity to hear the voices of the Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Olga Syniakova (Second prize offered by the group Amics del Concurs Tenor Viñas); the Argentine baritone German Enrique Alcantara (Third award “Maria Esperança Salvans Piera”) and the Russian baritone Vasily Sokolov (fourth Prize).
Young singers will perform arias by Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, y Tchaikovsky, among others, accompanied by the Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra, under the direction of teacher Alvaro Albiach.
This year's edition, marked by the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, held the preliminary auditions electronically from Barcelona, Madrid, London, NY, Paris, Berlin, Milan, The Angels, Beijing and Moscow, with an initial participation of 447 singers from 55 countries. The last two tests could be held in Barcelona and the winners offered the traditional concert at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Founded in 1963 in Barcelona, The Francisco Vinas International Singing Contest wants to keep alive the memory of one of the most important tenors of our country - it was the great Wagnerian voice in Spain and the person in charge of premiering Tristán e Isolda at the Theatre Royal- and is a springboard for many of the most important voices on the current lyrical scene, since it has become one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.
Among the names awarded throughout its history are Javier Camarena, Violeta Urmana, Marina Rebeka, Giuseppe Filianoti, Dmitri Korchak or the winner of the last International Opera Awards, Xabier Anduaga, to name just a few.
Nowadays, great lyric centers from all over the world such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu are part of the organization of the competition, the Moscow Bolshoi, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Staatsoper Berlin, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Royal Theater.