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THE WINNERS OF THE 55° INTERNATIONAL VERDIAN VOICES COMPETITION CITTÀ DI BUSSETO

On Saturday 17 June, at the conclusion of the finalists Concert directed by Fabrizio Cassi, conductor of the Orchestra dell’Opera Italiana, the winners of the 55° International Verdian Voices Competition – Città di Busseto, were announced. The competition has been promoted by the Comune di Busseto and presided over by Mayor Giancarlo Contini, who was appointed chairman by Teatro Regio di Parma for the 3-year period 2017-2019.

The panel of judges, led by the General Director of Teatro Regio di Parma: Anna Maria Meo, together with
Alejandro Abrante (Intendant of the Ópera de Tenerife), Valérie Chevalier (General Director of the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie), Fulvio Macciardi (General Director of Teatro Comunale of Bologna), Joan Matabosch (Artistic Director of Teatro Real of Madrid), Eytan Pessen (Pianist and vocal coach, Director of the Semperoper of Dresda and Artistic Director of Teatro Massimo of Palermo), Cristiano Sandri (Artistic Programming Manager of Teatro Regio of Parma), Yang Yan (Distinguished Professor of the Conservatory of NanHai, China, Director of the Singing Department of the Conservatory of Xing Hai, Canton), announced the winners of the two sections the competition has been divided into this year.

The winners of the “Interpreters of the opera La traviata” section, who will now take part in the stage production at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi of Busseto during Festival Verdi 2017 are: sopranos Junghye Lee (26 years old, South Korea) and Julia Muzychenko (22 years old, Russia) for the role of Violetta Valéry, and to whom they assigned a €4,000 prize; mezzo-sopranos Marta Leung (30 years old, Italy) and Carlotta Vichi (29 years old, Italy) for the role of Flora Bervoix; sopranos Forooz Razavi (22 years old, Iran) and Luisa Tambaro (28 years old, Italy) for the role of Annina; and bass Gerard Farreras Gonzàles (26 years old, Spain) for the role of Dottor Grenvil, to whom they assigned a €3,000 prize.

The “Giovani Voci Verdiane” prize of €3,000, which was donated by the Lions Club Busseto “Giuseppe Verdi” and which saw Lions representative Andrea Chinaglia added to the panel of judges, was jointly given to tenors Azer Zada (26 years old, Azerbaijan) and Long Zhang (25 years old, China, winner of the Chinese section of the competition), and to soprano Forooz Razavi. The panel of judges have also given the latter the opportunity to participate in the First Specialist Course in Verdian Repertoire at the Verdian Academy of the Teatro Regio of Parma.

At the end of the evening hosted by Ilaria Notari, the President of the Competition, Giancarlo Contini, and Anna Maria Meo, General Director of Teatro Regio of Parma, announced the date of the next edition of the Competition that will take place in Busseto from 12 to 17 June 2018.

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THE FINALISTS 55° INTERNATIONAL VERDIAN VOICES COMPETITION CITTÀ DI BUSSETO

The 55° International Verdian Voices Competition Città di Busseto has seen 16 finalists pass through the selection process. They now find themselves in leading roles in the concert directed by Fabrizio Cassi, conductor of the Orchestra dell’Opera Italiana, at 9.00pm, 17 June, in the courtyard of Palazzo delle Scuderie of Villa Pallavicino in Busseto. At the conclusion of the performance, the winners of the two sections will be announced. This will bring to a close the competition that has been organised, and promoted by the Comune of Busseto and presided over by Mayor Giancarlo Contini, who was appointed chairman by Teatro Regio di Parma for the 3-year period 2017-2019.

Lead by the General Director of Teatro Regio di Parma: Anna Maria Meo, the panel of judges composed of Alejandro Abrante (Intendant of the Ópera de Tenerife), Valérie Chevalier (General Director of the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie), Fulvio Macciardi (General Director of Teatro Comunale of Bologna), Joan Matabosch (Artistic Director of Teatro Real of Madrid), Eytan Pessen (Pianist and vocal coach, Director of the Semperoper of Dresda and Artistic Director of Teatro Massimo of Palermo), Cristiano Sandri (Artistic Programming Manager of Teatro Regio of Parma), Qing Xu (General Secretary of NanHai Festival, Development Director and “Distinguished professor” of the Conservatorio of NanHai, China), have selected sopranos: Jingyao Huang (30 years old, China), Maria Luisa Lattante (30 years old, Italy), Jooyeon Lee (29 years old, South Korea), Junghye Lee (26 years old, South Korea), Julia Muzychenko (22 years old, Russia), Forooz Razavi (22 years old, Iran), Luisa Tambaro (28 years old, Italy); the mezzo-sopranos Marta Leung (30 years old, Italy), Carlotta Vichi (29 years old, Italy); the tenors Dongwon Kang (26 years old, South Korea), Sunwoong Park (32 years old, South Korea), Azer Rza-Zada (26 years old, Azerbaijan), Long Zhang (25 years old, China); baritones Liangchen He (25 years old, China), Jinho Seo (32 years old, South Korea); bass Gerard Farreras Gonzàles (26 years old, Spain). A member of the Lions Club Busseto ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ will be added to the judging panel for the announcement of the winner of the section ‘Giovani Voci Verdiane’.

From these finalists, selected from the 66 singers admitted to the elimination phase following a pre-selection from more than 120 applicants, the winner of the new section “Giovani Voci Verdiane” and the interpreters of La traviata, performed at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Busseto during Festival Verdi 2017, will be chosen.

Furthermore, all prize-winning contestants will be protagonists in a Gala Concert accompanied on piano by Simone Savina., Sunday 18 June 2017, at 9.00 pm at Giuseppe Verdi’s birthplace at Roncole,

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55° INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION VOCI VERDIANE CITTÀ DI BUSSETO

The Comune di Busseto announces the latest edition of the Competition, to be directed by the Teatro Regio di Parma from 2017 to 2019. Winners will take roles in the programmed opera during Festival Verdi and the ‘Young Voci Verdiane’ section will be inaugurated.

Entries via email to be received no later than 20 May
Busseto, 13 to 18 June 2017

The  Comune  di  Busseto  announces  the  55°  International Competition Voci  Verdiane Città  di  Busseto , produced under the  High  Patronage  of  the  President  of  the  Republic,  in  honour  and  memory  of Maestro Carlo Bergonzi, and open to all young singers aged 18 to 3 2, that will take place in Busseto 13 – 18 June 2017. Entries via email by 6 May 2017.

The  Teatro  Regio  di  Parma will  assume the  direction  of  the Competition  from 2017 – 2019 , in  virtue  of  the agree ment signed with the Comune di Buseto, and will i ntr oduce some important new aspects. S t arting from this edition, the Competition is aimed at forming the cast of the programmed opera a t the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi  di  Busseto  during  Festival  Verdi  and will furthermore  introduce  a  new  section  dedicated  to  the “ Giovan i  Voci  Verdian e ” (Young Verdian Voices) . The  Judging  Panel,  made  up  of  seven  internationally renowned members, will select the interpreters of the 2017 version of La traviata , assigning prizes of € 4,000 for  the  roles  of Violetta  Valéry,  Alfredo  Germont and Giorgio  Germont , and € 3,000  for  the  roles  of Flora Bervoix, Annina, Gastone, Barone Douphol, Marchese d‟Obigny, Dottor Grenvil. The  finalists  of  the  55° International  Competition  Voci  Verdiane  Città  di  Busseto  will  be  possibly  able,  up  to  a  maximum  of  two partecipants,  to  access  the  First  specialist  course  in  the  repertoire  of  Verdi  at  the  Accademia  Verdiana, providing  they  fulfil  the  necessary  requisites. The winner of the “Young Voci Verdiane ” section will be presented with a prize of euro 3,000 by the Lions Club Busseto “Giuseppe Verdi”. The finalists of the “Young Voci Verdiane ” section will be involved in activities connected to Festival Verdi.

“It‟s a very  long  tradition,  a  note  that  has been  held  for 55  years – declares  Giancarlo  Contini,  Mayor  of Busseto and President of the Competition. The Voci Ver dian e Competition has continuously brought the bel canto of talented, young voices to Busseto. Truly bel canto because for many years the c ompetition was led by  a  Verdian  voice,  perhaps  the  most  prestigious:  which  is  why  it  is,  and  always  will  be,  dedicated  to  the memory of Carlo Bergonzi, the Verdian tenor of the century. Since its inauguration, through the will of the Mayor  of  Busseto , Gianfranco  Stefanini , and the  tenor  Alessandro  Ziliani, the Voci  Verdiane  Competition has always  had  an  international  dimension  and has  evolved  through  the  years arriving  at  the most  recent editions  entrust ed to  the  artistic  direction  of  Christina  Ferrari and  the leadership of  the  great  Leo  Nucci. Beginning today and for the next three years, the competiti on takes a further step forward through its close collaboration with the Teatro Regio di Parma and Festival Verdi. Not only will the production created , using the  best  young singers in the  competition , be  performed at Festival Verdi  in October,  but, following this important occasion, the „winners‟ production will be performed on other stages in both Italy and abroad. All thanks  to  the  extraordinary  ability of  the  Teatro  Regio  and  its  director  Anna  Maria  Meo to  develop prestigious working partnerships and to promote the uniqueness of our land and cultural propositions around the  world , showing  that the  added  value  of the upcoming „new‟ edition  of  the  competition will  be twice  as international”. 3 “Starting from 2017 – declares the General Director of the Teatro Regio di Parma Anna Maria Meo, Director of the Competition – the organisation of the International Competition Voci Verdiane will be curated by the Teatro Regio di Parma in partnership with the Comune di Busseto, the latter maintain ing location and title. This partnership  reinforces  the connection between the  Competition  and  Festival  Verdi,  and  represents  an important  d evelopment  that makes the  structural  relationship  with  the  Teatro  Giuseppe  Verdi  and  the Comun e  di  Busseto  even  more  evident;  that  being the will  to  best  develop  the  potential  of  a  Festival  that radiates across a territory that goes beyond the confines of Parma and naturally embraces the lands of Verdi. D iscover ing and valuing the next generations  of  Verdian  interpreters  is  one  of  the  o bjectives  of  Festival Verdi  which finds  its  natural  breeding  ground  right in  the heart  of  the Maestro‟s city. A place  where it  can cultivate talent, offer the chance of visi bility, training and employment. This is truly the foundation on which the partnership with  the  International Competition  Voci  Verdiane is  based, thanks  also  going  to our relationships  with  the  most  prestigious  singing  schools  and  academies  abroad, and we  are  certain  it  will become a point of reference for young singers from all over the world”. The  winners  of  the  Competition  will  be  announced on Saturday  17 June  2017  at the  end  of  the  finalist s ‟ concert, accompanied by the Orchestra dell‟Opera Italiana directed by Fabrizio Cassi, programmed at 9pm in the  Cortile  di  Villa  Pallavicino  in  Busseto. All  prize  winners  will  be  protagonists in a  Verdian  recital  on Sunday 18 June 2017, at 9pm, in the space opposite the birthplace of the Maestro in Ro n cole Verdi. A pplications to  participate mus t  be  sent  exclusively  by  email  to: vociverdiane@teatroregioparma.it and received no later than 6 May 2017. The complete rules and entry form are available online.

For  further  information :  Segreteria  del  55°  Concorso Internazionale  di  Voci  Verdiane,  Tel.  0521  203955 – vociverdiane@teatroregioparma.it . www.teatroregioparma.it www.vociverdiane.com

The 55° International Competition Voci Verdiane Città di Busseto is produced with the support of the Italian Ministry  of Cultural Heritage and Activ i ties  and  Tourism,  Regione  Emilia – Romagna,  Provincia  di  Parma, Fondazione Cariparma.

The image of the 55° International Competition Voci Verdiane Città di Busseto is a feature of the Monument to Verdi created at Roncole Verdi in 1964 by local Busseto artist Mario Pelizzoni.

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