International singing contest Francesc Viñas won by soprano Katerina Tretyakova and baritone Michal Jakub Partyka
The 50th anniversary of the prestigious international competition of opera and oratorio-lied singing, named in honour of the Catalan tenor Francesc Viñas, awarded the joint first prize to Katerina Tretyakova, from Lithuania, and Michal Jakub Partyka, from Poland. The second prize went to Amartuvshin, from Mongolia, and the third prize was for Valeriu Caradja, from Moldova. The first junior prize was for Marina Nachkebiya, from Georgia. The final stage of the competition took place on Friday with 15 singers taking part in Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. The award ceremony was on Sunday and the winners showed the audience their talent. Besides, the Liceu Theatre organised an exhibition and published a book to showcase Francesc Viñas’ career and the history of the competition named after him.
Barcelona (ACN).- The 50th anniversary of the prestigious International Singing Contest Francesc Viñas, specialising in opera and oratorio-lied singing, awarded the joint first prize to the soprano Katerina Tretyakova, from Lithuania, and baritone Michal Jakub Partyka, from Poland. The competition, which is one of the most important in the world in its field, is named after the Catalan tenor Francesc Viñas, who was born 150 years ago and was the first person to think of such a competition to foster new talent. In fact, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Viñas birth and the 50th anniversary of the competition, the Liceu Theater has organised an exhibition and published a book to showcase Francesc Viñas\u2019 career and the history of the competition named after him. As each year, the final stage of the competition took place in Barcelona\u2019s Gran Teatre del Liceu with 15 singers taking part. From the 9th of January, the final few rounds have taken place in Barcelona. The preliminary stages took place all over the world during the past few months, in the cities of Madrid, Paris, London, Hamburg, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing, where the Liceu Theatre has cooperative agreements with the opera houses. 480 singers from 57 different countries participated. The winners were announced on Friday night and the award ceremony was on Sunday, in which the winners showed the audience their talent accompanied by the Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra. Besides Tretyakova\u2019s and Jakub\u2019s awards, the second prize was for baritone Amartuvshin, from Mongolia, and the third prize went to baritone Valeriu Caradja, from Moldova. The first prize in the junior category \u2013 for singers under 26 \u2013 was for Marina Nachkebiya, from Georgia. This junior category was introduced this year.
Known at an international level as the \u2018Francisco Viñas\u2019 International Singing Contest, this competition aims to encourage young singers at the start of their careers and to foster new talent in the opera and oratorio-lied world. This year\u2019s competition was short on talented tenors, according to the critics\u2019 reviews, with three of the main winners being baritones.
The first prize was jointly awarded to the Lithuanian soprano Katerina Tretyakova, aged 32, and to the Polish baritone Michal Jakub Partyka, aged 27. The winners were announced on Friday night, after the final stage of the competition, which took place on Friday afternoon. As the \u2018Grand Prize\u2019 winners, they will receive \u20AC20,000 \u2013 funded by the private foundation Puig and the Gran Teatre del Liceu \u2013, a contract to perform in the Catalan theatre and in the the Teatro Real of Madrid next season and a gold-plated commemorative medal.
The second prize was given to baritone Amartuvshin, who is from Mongolia and aged 26. The award consists of a silver medal and a \u20AC10,000 prize, offered by the Catalan savings bank La Caixa through its Obra Social foundation. The third prize was for the Moldovan baritone, Valeriu Caradja, aged 31. The award consists of a bronze medal and a \u20AC7,000 prize, offered by the Associació de Liceites 4t i 5è pis, Law Firm-Bergós and Fra Diavolo.
In the junior category, which was created this year for young talent aged under 26, the winner of the \u2018Maria Esperança Salvans Piera\u2019 first prize was the Georgian soprano Marina Nachkebiya, aged 25. The second junior prize was for the Korean tenor Hoe Rim Park, aged 21, and the third position was for the Korean baritone Byong Ick Cho, aged 23.
An exhibition and a book honouring Francesc Viñas and the competition
In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the international singing competition and the 150th anniversary of Francesc Viñas\u2019 birth, the Gran Teatre del Liceu has organised a temporary exhibition on the life of the Catalan tenor and the history of the competition named after him. Francesc Viñas was the first person to think of organising an international competition to foster young talented singers. However, he died in 1933, before he could create such a contest. Due to Spain\u2019s convoluted history in the years after he died, it was not until 1963 that the competition was finally created, and it was named after him. The exhibition is open to the public until the 28th of March, in the theatre\u2019s Foyer Balcony. It can be visited while attending to a concert or an opera, or during the theatre\u2019s guided tours.
Furthermore, the Catalan opera house published a book about the competition, which includes a DVD with the performances of some of the prize winners of the last few years. The book was written by Liceu\u2019s musical directors and opera critics Joan Francesc Marco, Joan Matabosch, Roger Alier, Agustí Fancelli and Miquel Lerín; the latter is a great-grandson of Francesc Viñas.