Monday, May 23, 2011

Outstanding Young Singers Emerge in Brussels Competition

Korean soprano Haeran Hong took first place prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition this last weekend in Brussels at La Monnaie with the De Munt Symphony Orchestra under conductor Carlo Rizzi. Her program for the final concert was comprised:
Mozart "Giunse alfin il momento –
Deh vieni, non tardar" Le Nozze di Figaro
Händel "Se tanto piace al cor" Ariodante
Wolf "Auch kleine Dinge können uns entzücken - Du denkst mit einem Fädchen mich zu fangen"Italienisches Liederbuch
Liszt "Oh! quand je dors"
Schubert "Im Frühling"
Rossini "La fioraia fiorentina"
Massenet "Je suis encore tout étourdie" Manon
Mozart "Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben" Zaïde
Mozart "Bester Jüngling" Der Schauspieldirektor
Ravel "Je réchauffe les bons" L’enfant et les Sortilèges
Bellini "Care Compagne, teneri amici – Come per me sereno –
Sovra il sen la man mi posa" La Sonnambula

Russian soprano Elena Galitskaya took Third Place in the competition with a program that included:
Mozart "Geme la tortorella" La Finta Giardiniera
Bellini "Eccomi in lieta vesta – Oh! Quante volte"
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Fauré "Notre amour"
Wolf "Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen" Liederstrauss: Sieben gedichte aus dem buch der lieder von Heinrich Heine
Tchaikovsky "Otchego eto prezhde ne znala" Yolanta
Donizetti "C’en est donc fait" La Fille du Régiment

Händel "E pur così in un giorno –
Piangerò la sorte mia" Giulio Cesare
Mozart "Una donna a quindici anni" Così fan tutte
Rimsky-Korsakov "Vielikii Tsar" The Snow Maiden
Rossini "Una voce poco fà" Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Puccini "O mio babbino caro" Gianni Schicchi
Gounod "Ah, je veux vivre" Roméo et Juliette

To watch a high definition video of the superb singing in the finals, click here and select a name from the pull-down menu. Biographies are after the jump.

After beginning her studies at the Korea National University of Arts, in 2009 Hong Haeran went on to further studies at the Juilliard School under Edith Bers. A finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2010 and in the Francisco Viñas International Competition in 2009, in 2010 she won the Career Bridges Competition in New York. At the Juilliard School she has played the roles of Poppea (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Sœur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), Dalinda (Ariodante), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte). In 2010 she also played the roles of Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Seleuce (Tolomeo) at Glimmerglass Opera in the context of the Young Artists Program. Her stage performances have given her the opportunity to work with conductors such as M. Armiliato, H. Bicket, C. Curnyn, D. Angus, A. Manson, and G.T. Wedow.

After studying choral conducting in her home town, in 2002 Elena Galitskaya went on to study singing at the Academy of Choral Art in Moscow under Vera Aleksandrova and Svetlana Nesterenko. She has also attended master classes given by B. Guida, R. Bado, D. Zola, and T. Berganza. She was a Laureate of the Académie de Chant Mozartien at the Festival d’Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence in 2010; the same year also saw her win a special prize at the Francisco Viñas International Competition. In concert she has appeared in Mozart’s Requiem, in Bach’s St John Passion, in Schubert’s Mass, in Mendelssohn’s Elias, and in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc, as well as in lieder and in French song in France, Germany, Japan, and the United States. At the Opéra National in Lyons she has already played the roles of Lioussa (Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki), Laurie Moss (Copland’s The Tender Land), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Despina (Così fan tutte).

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