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On the way to the opera Olympus. A new victory Aigul Akhmetshina


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MOSCOW. At the contest of opera singers «Belvedere» the names of laureates are named.

The 36th, Russian, Belvedere season in Helikon-Opera is over. The traditional culmination of the competition, named after its founder, art director of the Vienna Chamber Opera Hans Gabor (Hans Gabor), is the celebration of the laureates. Before them the doors of the best theaters open, loom profitable engagements, which will take care of the members of the international jury - art directors of opera companies from the USA, Germany, Israel, Spain, South Africa, producers, well-known impresario.

Three lucky beggars managed to bypass 12 finalists from 11 countries. The owner of the luxurious bass, soloist of the Cape Town Opera Mandla Ndebele (Mandla Ndebele) has not in vain overcome the distance of 10 000 km. He became the owner of the third prize and the prize of audience sympathy. Second place - the Australian Kang Wang (Kang Wang). The lyric tenor, the successor of the creative dynasty, the son of famous opera singers from Harbin, has already taken part in the Belvedere Singing Competition. In 2011, in Vienna, he reached the semi-finals. The American baritone John Brancy (John Brancy) became the favorite of the media jury, which consisted of journalists from different countries.

Number 105 was happy for mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, as well as Cinderella’s aria. The virtuoso performance of the title role from Joachino Rossini’s opera in Moscow is the dress rehearsal for the Opera de Bauge music festival, which takes place annually in Anjou, a historical area in the west of France. The debut of the winner of the first Belvedere-2017 prize is scheduled for July 30.

Rossini’s music brought luck to the young singer from Ufa not for the first time. Rosina’s aria from the «Barber of Seville» helped her win the New Opera World competition, held in the capital in the autumn. Soon she received an invitation from the casting director of the Covent Garden Youth Program, David Gowland, to take part in another contest for the right to get a two-year internship at the Royal Theater. Akhmetshina did not miss a fantastic chance, taking this altitude as well. In 20 years, contrary to the rules prescribing to dream of Covent Garden to persons who have reached the age of 25. Academic and popular vocal Aigul is engaged in 6 years. By her confession, the music in her heart is with her always and everywhere. The secret of her success at spectators and victories at numerous competitions was formulated once by Anna Herman: «I go out with great respect to people. I love them».


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