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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
After obtaining a degree in clarinet performance at the Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest), Hungarian tenor Szabolcs Brickner studied singing at the same school. He continued his voice programme by taking master classes at the Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg with among others Hans Joachim Beyer and Edith Wiens, and private lessons with Nicolai Gedda. He has performed under the baton of Kazushi Ono, Günter Neuhold, Nicolas Chalvin, Daniele Callegari, Stefan Klingele, Helmut Rilling, Nicola Luisotti and many others, with the La Monnaie/De Munt Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Hungary and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. Szabolcs Brickner has recently made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper and has sung the Verdi-Requiem under the baton of Günther Neuhold, Beethoven's 9th Symphony under the baton of Michel Tabachnik and The Seasons (Haydn) with the Orquestra Ciudad de Granada. He performed as Jaquino (Fidelio) at the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam and as Alfredo at a gala performance of La Traviata in Frankfurt. For the Opéra du Rhin he incarnated Belmonte (Entführung aus dem Serail). A regular guest of the Hungarian State Opera, Szabolcs Brickner has sung the roles of Tamino (Zauberflöte), Jaquino (Fidelio), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) and - with great succes - Lenski (Eugen Onegin). His concert repertoire includes Magnificat by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Mozart's Krönungsmesse and Requiem, Haydn's Schöpfung, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Schumann's Dichterliebe, Verdi's Requiem and Lieder by Strauss and Mahler. Szabolcs Brickner also performs at the Nationaltheater Weimar, including roles as Lenski (Eugen Onegin), Baron Kronthal (Der Wildschütz), Tamino (Zauberflöte) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni).
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Second Prize
Isabelle Druet, who received a ‘Victoire’ in the French Classical Music Awards 2010 as the year’s most promising young opera singer, appears in many operatic performances in 2011-2012 such as the title-role of Carmen (Düsseldorf and Duisburg), Isabella in Italiana in Algeri (Opéra de Metz), Orlovsky in Fledermaus (Opéra du Rhin), Climene in Cavalli's Egisto (Paris Opéra Comique, Opéra de Rouen) or Astrée and Théone in Lully's Phaëton (Beaune and Lausanne). She also makes her debut on the stage of the Opéra National de Paris in Salome (role of the Page). She performs concerts and recitals with many prestigious ensembles and orchestras : Le Poème Harmonique, for a spanish recital (Briceno, recorded and recently released by Alpha), Les Folies Françoises (Acis et Galatée and Alcione), Les Siècles (Glück / Mozart concerts), the Orchestre Lyrique d'Avignon Provence for Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle. At the Chorégies d'Orange, she sings in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. The path Isabelle Druet has followed is an unusual one : she began to explore the art of singing through various traditional and modern types of music. She also trained as an actor and is co-founder in Besançon of the company ‘La Carotte’, with which she has given many shows combining theatre, circus arts and music. She graduated from the Paris Conservatoire summa cum laude in 2007. That same year she also received the Adami award as Young classical singer of the year, and in 2008 she won Second Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Among numerous operatic successes, let's mention Zaïde in Campra's L'Europe Galante ; Wisdom, Sidonie and Mélisse in Lully's Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under William Christie's baton ; Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Arcabonne in Lully's Amadis and the 3rd Dame (Festival of Aix en Provence, salle Pleyel in Paris, Berlin Philharmony, conducted by René Jacobs) or the 2nd Dame (Opéra d'Avgignon) in Zauberflöte. She also sang the tile-role in Offenbach's Périchole. Although she is particularly fond of giving recitals (often accompanied by Johanne Ralambondrainy), Isabelle Druet also likes to move off the beaten track, performing traditional music, giving equestrian recitals, and taking part in street operas and other original activities. One of her priorities is to share her vocal art with as many people as possible. Thus she has taken part with Jean-François Zygel in his Leçons de musique at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and in his Cabaret classique on France Musique. Her discography includes among others her first recital recording, Jardin Nocturne accompanied by Johanne Ralambondrainy. With Le Poème Harmonique, she recorded for Alpha Plaisir d'amour and Firenze 1616 (2007), Combatimenti (2011) and Briceno (2012). In 2008 the DVD Cadmus et Hermione (also with Le Poème Harmonique, for Alpha) received a Diapason d'Or, ffff Télérama, 4 stars from Le Monde de la Musique, R10 Classica, and was a BBC Music Choice.
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Third Prize
Mezzo-soprano Bernadetta Grabias first obtained degrees in piano and oboe. In 2004 she graduated in singing from the Lodz Music Academy under Ziemowit Wojtczak. She also obtained a Certificate in Conducting. In duo with pianist Michal Grabias she won a prize in the 13th International 20th Century Chamber Music Competition in Lodz (2001) and reached the finals in the 6th J.I. Paderewski International Chamber Music Competition in Cracow (2002). In addition, she was awarded prizes for a number of solo performances. In april 2008, she received the 'Polish Brilliant of Dziennik Lodzki' prize for outstanding young artist. Since October 2004 Bernadetta Grabias has been a soloist in the Grand Theatre of Lodz. Her double debut in «Adriana Lecouvreur» by F. Cilea and «Lucrezia Borgia» by G. Donizetti was much appreciated by the Polish Artists Union, which awarded her the Leon Schiller 2004 Best Debut Prize. As a result, she was offered the role of Maffio Orsini in its Swiss production in St. Moritz and Riehen. Her opera repertoire covers parts such as Carmen, Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Princessa di Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Jane Seymour (Anna Bolena), Rosina et Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Doralba (L’impresario in Augustie), Miss Baggott (The Little Sweep), Jadwiga (Straszny dwór). She also sings sacred music : Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem and Krönungsmesse, Liszt's Via Crucis and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Bernadetta Grabias boasts cooperations with such conductors as Kazushi Ono, Julia Jones, Johan Neal Axelrode, ?ukasz Borowicz, Will Crutchfield, Stefan Klingele and Günter Neuhold. She has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique De La Monnaie, National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, the Symfonisch Orkest van de Vlaamse Opera, the Orchestra of Grand Theater of Lodz, the Symphony Orchestra of The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra of Lodz, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Poznan.
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Fourth Prize
Georgian soprano Anna Kasyan began her musical education at the “School for precocious children” in Tbilisi (Georgia). At the Tbilisi State Conservatoire she studied the violin, the piano and singing, moving then to Paris in 2003, where she joined the “Ecole normale de Musique Alfred Cortot”. She made her operatic debut as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the festival “Opéra en Plain Air” in Paris and on tour in Ile-de-France. In 2007, she sang Norina (Don Pasquale) at the San Marino Opera Theater and was subsequently engaged for the role of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), which she sang in Montpellier in 2008, in Metz and Rouen in 2009. Her operatic repertoire includes: Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Rinaldo (Armida), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Così fan tutte (Despina and Fiordiligi), The Snow Maiden (Snegurotchka), Les Pêcheurs de perles (Leïla), Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Juliette), L’Elisir d’amore (Adina), Cavalli's La Calisto, Orfeo ed Euridice (Euridice). Anna Kasyan regularly performs in concert and recital around the world: Carnegie Hall in New York, Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Ermitage and Philharmonic Hall in Saint-Petersburg, Théâtre Comédie des Champs-Élysées and Théâtre Marigny Robert Hossein in Paris, Herkulessaal in Munich, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Vlaamse Opera, Opéra de Québec, Opéra de Rouen. She has performed in concert series also in Zurich, Liège, Osnabrück, Basel, Warsaw, Siena, Pamplona, Pretoria, Madrid, Bruges and Montpellier. She sang in Germany on a tour with the German Radio Philharmonic as well as in Belgium with La Petite Bande. Her concert repertoire includes: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Symphony n.2 Lobgesang, Albert’s Die Seejungfräulein and Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne. In 2007, Eric de Belleval wrote for her a theatre play called Contretemps, whose creation took place at the Salle Cortot in Paris. Anna Kasyan has won awards in the greatest international singing competitions: Renata Tebaldi (2nd prize); Adami-Corradetti - 2006 (Lyric revelation); Vibrarte International Music Competition (1st prize) and International Opera Competition of the Strasbourg Music Festival (Grand Prize) in 2009; Victoires de la musique classique (Lyric revelation) in 2010; Concours de chant de Toulouse (3rd prize) in 2010. Anna Kasyan holds on to her roots and to her musical culture. Beautiful pages of Armenian, Georgian, and Russian music are very much present in her repertoire. She has given a recital to present this very repertoire at the Rouen Opera for the “Voix du Monde” series.
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Fifth Prize
Yury Gorodetski started his career at the age of 19 at the conservatoire of Minsk in Belarus under supervision of professor Viktor Skorobogatov. He is a soloist of the Belarus National Opera Theatre since 2006. His first opera performance was the part of Lensky (Eugene Onegin, P. Tchaikovsky). Yury also performed the roles of Mozart (Mozart and Salieri, N. Rimsky-Korsakov), Berendei (Snow maiden, N. Rimsky-Korsakov), Tamino (Magic Flute, W. A. Mozart), Alfredo (Traviata, G. Verdi), God’s fool (Boris Godunov, M. Musorgsky), Vladimir Igorevitch (Prince Igor, A. Borodin). He performed as Conte Errico (La Vera Costanza, J. Haydn) in Madrid, Spain and Treviso, Italy (conductor J. L. Cobos), Ly-Lam (L'inimico delle donne, B.Galuppi) in Liège (conductor R. Alessandrini). Additionally, his repertoire includes various romances by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schuman, Schubert, Strauss etc. and the parts of Nemorino (Love potion, G. Donizetti), tenor (Requiem, W. A. Mozart), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, W. A. Mozart). He has performed solo recitals in Minsk, Gomel, Brest, Moscow, Kazan, St. Petersburg, etc. In December 2007 he took part in the staging of the opera La Traviata (as Alfredo) with conductor Marco Boemi in Kazan (Russia). Yury Gorodetski performed in duet with Maria Guleghina in Moscow in June 2007. He is a participant of the Chamber music festival Three centuries of classical romance in St. Petersburg. During the 2011-12 season he performs at the Opera de Liège as Don Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro, W.A.Mozart), Der Steuermann (Der Fliegende Hollander, R.Wagner) & Conte Errico (La vera costanza, J. Haydn). He will participate in a few productions of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in the 2012-2013 season. Since 2009, Yury Gorodetski is a student at the Opera Studio of the Queen Elisabeth College, where he works with José van Dam. He is a winner of various Russian and Belarusian contests and was a finalist of the Francisco Vinas Competition in Barcelona (2007), where he was awarded a special prize by Dalton Baldwin (master-classes at International Academy Music in Nice).
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Sixth Prize
Gabrielle Philiponet was born in France and studied as a flutist before singing. Her singing teacher is Daniel Ottevaere. She was a member of the Opera Studio of the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels und was a prize winner of the prestigious Reine Elisabeth Competition. She has performed roles such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Opéra national de Lorraine, Musetta (La Bohème) at the Opéra de Marseille, Despina (Così fan tutte) at the Opéra de Toulon, Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) on tour throughout France, Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers) at the Opéra National de Montpellier, le Feu, la Princesse and le Rossignol (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges) with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. She was also La Fée (Cendrillon by Massenet) at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Lauretta (Gianni Schicci) with the Belgian National Orchestra, Rosalinde (La chauve-souris) in Avignon, Magda (La Rondine) at the Opéra national de Lorraine. She has recently performed Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Angers Nantes Opera, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) at the Rouen Opera, Lisa (The Land of smiles) at the Tours Opera, Frasquita (Carmen) for her debut at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, at the Bayerische Staatoper Munich and at the Opéra de Paris. She made also her debut as Mimi (La Boheme) on tour in Spain, performed Musetta (La Boheme) and Micaëla (Carmen) at the Metz Opera and the Massy Opera, Adina (L'Elisir d'amore) and Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles) at the Nice Opera, Marguerite (Faust) at the Saint-Etienne Opera and Violetta (La Traviata) at the New Orleans Opera for her US debut. She went back to the USA in 2017 performing Rameau's Le Temple de la gloire in San Francisco. Her plans in 2019/20 include Leila (Les Pêcheurs de perles) and Alice (Falstaff) at the Lille Opera as well as Adina (L'elisir d'amore) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. Her discography includes Scène de Chasse by René Koering (une Amazone) for Universal Music, Sémiramis by Catel (Azéma) for Glossa, Un mari à la porte (Rosita) by Offenbach with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, works by Max d'Ollone, Dimitri by Victorin Joncières and Adrien by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, the three of them in the frame of the editions by the Centre de Musique Romantique française - Palazzetto Bru Zane. Released in 2018 in the "Prix de Rome" collection of the Palazzetto Bru Zane, cantatas and sacred music by Charles Gounod in order to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the French composer's birthday, with Brussels Philharmonic, Vlaams Radio Koor and Hervé Niquet conducting.
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Unranked laureate
English soprano Elizabeth Bailey has graduated from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) in 2002 and continued onto a one year Post Diploma in Vocal Training. In July 2005 she completed a two year Opera Course. Elizabeth’s most recent Operatic roles include Queen of the night (Die Zauberflote) for L'Opera de Geneve, Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Elvira (L'Italiana in Algeri), Guadalena (La Perichole) Lausanne Opera,Wanda (La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein) Folies lyrique, Princesse (Le chat botté) Lausanne Opera, Fortune (Guiliver, a creation by F.Cattin), Blondchen (Die Entführung) Opera de Baugé, Contessa di Folleville (Il Viaggio a Reims) in the Opera houses of Bordeaux, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy, Toulon. Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) Lausanne Opera, Rosina (La finta Semplice) and Monica (The Medium) for Fribourg Opera. In the summer of 2006 Elizabeth sang the roles of Crobyle (Thais/ Massenet) for Grange Park Opera and Ernestine (Monsieur Choufleuri). Other roles include Barbarina (The little Green Swallow, Dove), Thérese (Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Poulenc), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia, Britten), Philine (Mignon, Thomas). In the summer of 2003 Elizabeth worked in the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Fledermaus and in 2008 she attended the Academie d’Aix-en-provence. Her oratorio repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahm’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. She recently performed Haydn's Nelson Mass with the prestigious choir Les Elements in Toulouse and performed Mozart concert arias in a series of Concerts with L'orchestre des pays de Savoie with conductor Nicolas Chalvin. Elizabeth has competed in many international competitions. Most recently in 2009, she was a finalist in the prestigious Operalia, semi-finalist in the ARD and Mirjam Helin Competitions. In 2008 she was a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and won the Jacques Stehman Audience prize. Elizabeth was also a finalist in the 2008 Francisco Vinas, Geneva Competition in 2007 and at the first International Competition in Strasbourg in 2007. Elizabeth won the “Menuhin festival prize” in the first Swiss International singing competition in Bern 2006 and she was also a finalist of the prestigious Toulouse International singing competition the same year. In November 2005 she won first prize Opera and second prize Melodie at the European Competition of Macon, France.
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Unranked laureate
Canadian soprano Layla Claire studied voice at l’Université de Montréal before attending the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2010 she became the first recipient of The Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award. In 2008 she received the Mozart Prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition. She is also a CBC Radio-Canada Jeunes Artistes recital winner, a recipient of J. Desmarais Foundation Bursaries, and a proud recipient of a Canada Council Grant. She has taken prizes at the Palm Beach Opera Competition, The George London Foundation Competition, and the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists competition. Layla Claire’s interpretations of Mozart’s heroines have garnered accolades throughout North America and Europe. In 2009 she has sung the role of Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Palm Beach Opera and with James Levine and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra she performed the roles of Fiordiligi (2007) and Donna Anna (2009) to great acclaim. With the Curtis Opera Theatre she sang the roles of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2010 she appeared with the Académie d’Aix-en-Provence where she was awarded the Prix des amis d’Aix-en-Provence for best Mozart performance. Her concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9 under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and four concerts as a featured artist in the Met’s Summer Recital Series, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for her Boston Symphony debut conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and later on with James Levine, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Virginia Symphony. She has performed at the Festivals of Tanglewood, Manchester and Lanaudière. Layla's 2011-12 season includes a New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall and debuts with the Dallas, Toronto, Baltimore and Kansas City Symphonies as well as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In December 2011 she creates the role of Helena in the Metropolitan Opera’s Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island conducted by William Christie. As a participant of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program she continues to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Unranked laureate
Mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier's future seasons include her debut appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), in the title role of Cherubini’s Medée at Théatre du Champs Elysées, and as Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) in Nice. Michèle’s recents engagements have included Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) at San Francisco Opera, European concert performances in the role of Ruggiero (Alcina) under the baton of Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, Dorabella at the Arizona Opera, Mercedes at Teatro alla Scala, Donna Elvira at the Palm Beach Opera, Cherubino at the Washington Opera, Wellgunde and Grimgerde in Wagner's Ring at the Seattle Opera, Niklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Boston Lyric Opera, Diane in Iphigénie at the Seattle Opera and Lazuli in L'Étoile at the Opéra de Montréal. Laureate at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 2005, she made her debut in the fall of 2007 in this prestigious American opera house, performing the role of Diane in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, under the baton of Louis Langrée. In concert, she has sung a creation from Gilles Tremblay with Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in Belgium, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Montreal, Mozart's Requiem with Les Violons du Roy on their U.S. tour, and has given performances at the May Festival in Cincinnati under the baton of James Conlon. She also gave a recital during the Festival of Lanaudière in July 2008. In addition to the roles previously mentioned, her operatic repertoire includes various characters such as Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Concepcion (L’Heure Espagnole), L'Enfant (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Stefano (Roméo et Juliette), Siebel (Faust), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas). She distinguishes herself in the sacred works of Rossini, Vivaldi, Handel, Dvorák, and Bach, and in recitals in the masterpieces from the lied and song repertoire, from early music to contemporary works. An alumnus of McGill University, Michèle Losier was also a member of the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, the Opéra de Montréal's Atelier Lyrique and the Juilliard Opera Center in New York. She has been the recipient of a number of grants and scholarships, including those from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sylva-Gelber Foundation. Following her success at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, she recorded the Chansons of Henri Duparc with pianist Daniel Blumenthal. The CD was released in Bruxelles in April 2009 on the Fuga Libera label, and a recital tour throughout Europe under the auspices of Fortis Bank followed.
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