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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
In her very young, yet fast paced career, Korean soprano Haeran Hong has already performed various leading roles including Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. In the 2013/14 season, she will return to the Metropolitan opera to cover the roles of Nannetta in Falstaff and Sophie in Werther, and also for their production of Die Frau ohne Schatten. She will also sing the title role of Handel’s Semele with Pacific Musicworks in Seattle, will sing a concert with the Vienna Strauss Festival Orchestra in Korea, and be featured in concerts in New York, Los Angeles, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Haeran Hong initially joined the Metropolitan Opera roster as Crowned Child in Macbeth and returned shortly thereafter to cover the role of Forest Bird in Robert Lepage’s production of Siegfried; to sing Flower Maiden in Parsifal; and to cover the roles of Sister Constance in Dialogues of Carmelites and Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera. With Juilliard Opera, she performed the title role of L’incoronazione di Poppea, Sister Constance in Dialogues of Carmelites, Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She also sang the role of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and covered the role of Seleuce in Tolomeo as a member of Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists program in 2010. Concert engagements include Bach’s Wass Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan and Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes with the La Jolla Summer Fest, as well as Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Aspen Music Festival. Recent international engagements include her debut with the International Festival Echternach in Luxembourg, where she performed with the Orchestre Phiharmonique du Luxembourg. She was invited to sing for Queen Paola Foundation’s Annual Christmas Concert in Belgium and also traveled to Brazil for a series of recitals in such venues as Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and Teatro Cultura Artistica. Haeran Hong was named a Finalist for Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the World Opera Competition, as well as a National Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Korean National University of Arts, as well as a Masters Degree and Artistic Diploma in Opera Studies from The Juilliard School.
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Second Prize
Belgian tenor Thomas Blondelle was born in Bruges, Belgium, in October 1982 and studied singing, piano, composition and chamber music at his home town’s Stedelijk Conservatorium. At the KUL University of Leuven, he obtained a degree in musicology in 2006. He was awarded the First Prize at the Axion Classics competition in 2001, the Second Prize at the Prix Jâcques Dôme singing competition in 2002, the Prize for a Young Promising Contestant at the Viñas Competition (Barcelona) in 2005 and the Second Prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth 2011 in Brussels, as well as the French Repertoire Prize (Palazetto Bru) at the 2012 Belvedere Competition in Vienna. While still studying, he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) in 2003, singing the leading role of Hans Scholl/Die Weiße Rose. He then performed at Grand Théâtre de Luxemburg, De Vlaamse Opera, Les Opéras en plein air Paris (Alfredo/La Traviata, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte) as well as the Opéra de Toulon, before leaving for Germany in 2006. At the Staatstheater Braunschweig (where he was an ensemble member from 2006 till 2009) he sang Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Boris/Katja Kabanova, Orlando/Orlando Paladino, Cassio/Otello, Edwin/Die Csardasfürstin, Graf Zedlau/Wiener Blut, Alfredo/La Traviata and Eisenstein/Die Fledermaus. Since 2009, Thomas Blondelle is a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he sang, amongst many other lyric roles, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte, Narraboth/Salome, Herodes/Salome, Ismaele/Nabucco, Cassio/Otello, Macduff/Macbeth, Prince/L’amour des trois oranges, David/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Chevalier/Dialogues des Carmélites, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni, Bob Boles/Peter Grimes, Male Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia, Zinovij/Lady Macbeth and Pelleas/Pelleas et Mélisande. Besides his work as an ensemble member in Berlin, he is also a regular guest in other opera houses. He created the leading part of Melchior Gabor in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (awarded a Diapason d’or), in 2007, a role he later sang at Strasbourg’s Opéra national du Rhin in 2008. He performed Camille/Die Lustige Witwe, Edwin/Die Csardasfürstin and Balduin/Wiener Blut at the Operettensommer Kufstein (Austria). In the recent past, he has been invited by the Bayerische Staatsoper in München to sing Froh/Das Rheingold and Tanzmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos, by the Volksoper Wien (Balduin/Wiener Blut), the Schleswig Holstein Festival (Gomatz/Zaide), the Saito Kinen Festival (Tenor solo/Jeanne d’arc au bûcher), De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam (David/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), the Luzern Festival (Froh/Das Rheingold), the BBC Proms (Walther/Tannhäuser, Narraboth/Salome) and the Opéra National du Rhin in Strassburg (Erik/Der Fliegende Holländer). In the 2014-2015 season, he performed the solo tenor role in Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher with the New York Philharmonic in New York (Lincoln Center) and at the Philharmonie de Paris, sang Narraboth/Salome at the BBC Proms in London (Royal Albert Hall), Tambourmajor/Wozzeck with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow and sang the main role of Nikolaus Sprink in Kevin Puts’ Opera Silent Night at Cincinnati Opera. In the 2015-2016 season, he guested as Max/Der Freischütz in Stuttgart, Herodes/Salome in Luxemburg and Claudio/Das Liebesverbot in Strasburg. In concert performances Thomas Blondelle sang Tenor solo/Lamentationes (Strawinsky) at the Philharmonie Berlin, Sir Hervey/Anna Bolena at KlangVokal Musikfestival Dortmund, Edwin/Die Csardasfürstin with the Stuttgarter Philharmonikern, Rustighello/Lucrezia Borgia at Konzerthaus Dortmund and Philharmonie Cologne and Fernando/Die Räuberbraut at the Philharmonie Cologne. As a soloist he performed with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Nancy Opera, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, WDR Rundfunkorchester, WDR Symphonieorchester Cologne, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestre de Monte Carlo, Orchestre de Paris, Brussels Philharmonic, Vlaams Symfonieorkest and New York Philharmonic. He worked with conductors including Yves Abel, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Barbacini, Paolo Carignani, Alexander Joel, Michail Jurowski, Jiri Kout, Sigiswald Kuijken, Kent Nagano, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Marc Albrecht, José Cura, Michael Schønwandt, Kazuki Yamada, Lothar Zagrosek and Alan Gilbert. A devoted recitalist, his repertoire includes the main German song cycles, a recital programme called Banalités (recorded for Fuga Libera), and a recital with Italian Art songs by Rossini, Verdi and Tosti. With mixed solo programmes he made his Japan debut in Tokyo in 2011 and in Madrid, at Théâtre du Châtelet Paris in 2012. His second solo album “Dreams and Nightmares” (with pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort) features songs by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Wagner and Liszt and was released in late 2014. He also works as a librettist (mainly for children’s opera’s) and composer. In the 2015-2016 season, Thomas Blondelle made his debut as Pelleas/Pelleas et Mélisande and Herodes/Salome at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, as Max/Der Freischütz at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, as René/Der Graf von Luxemburg at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Claudio/Das Liebesverbot at the Opéra National du Rhin. He appeared in solo aria concerts with the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and with the Orchestra of Opera Vlaanderen. In the 2016-2017 season he will return to Cincinnati Opera as Jaquino/Fidelio, sing a solo concert with Mahler Songs with the National Orchestra of Belgium at Bozar, will be Loge/Das Rheingold, Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Lenski/Eugen Onegin in Wiesbaden, Hexe/Hänsel und Gretel, Herodes/Salome and Erik/Der Fliegende Holländer in Berlin (Deutsche Oper) and Erik/Der Fliegende Holländer at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
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Third Prize
Elena Galitskaya was born in Dimitrovgrad, Russia, and is currently based in France. She originally studied choral conducting at Dimitrovgrad Conservatory, before deciding to study singing. In 2007 she graduated from The Moscow Academy of Choral Arts, where her teachers were Vera Aleksandrova, Dmitri Vdorin and Svetlana Nesterenko. She has also taken part in master classes with Borelli Guida in Italy, with Richard Bado and Diane Zola of Houston Grand Opera and with Teresa Berganza. In 2009, Elena Galitskaya made her operatic debut with the Opéra National de Lyon, singing Lyusya in the Shostakovich operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki and was immediately re-engaged to sing Laurie Moss in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land. Since then, roles at Lyon have included Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Così fan tutte) and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and most recently, Frasquita (Carmen). Appearances during 2013 and beyond include the Daughter, in Peter Stein’s production of Shostakovich' The Nose at Rome Opera; Servilia in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito for the Drottningholms Slottsteater in Sweden; Ilia (Idomeneo) and The Italian Singer (Capriccio) for Opéra National de Lyon; roles in Monteverdi's L’Orfeo for Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy with Christophe Rousset and in a return engagement, will give a recital of songs by Rachmaninoff for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Nantes. On the concert platform, Elena Galitskaya has sung Mozart (Requiem), Bach (St John Passion), Mendelssohn (Elijah), Schubert (Mass C), Honegger (Jeanne d’Arc) and Mahler (Symphony n.8), working with conductors including James Conlon, Yuri Temirkanov, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dmitri Jurowski, Kirill Karabits and Thomas Sanderling. She is also a regular collaborator with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov. A keen recitalist, Elena Galitskaya has sung the lieder of Schumann, Strauss and Wolf and the songs of Fauré, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Taneev and Rimsky-Korsakov at venues including the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, De Singel Arts Centre, Antwerp, and also in Paris, Liège, Brussels and Bratislava. She sings regularly at the International Festival at Colmar, France, where concerts have included Rachmaninoff's The Bells and Brahms' Liebeslieder-Walzer and further afield has sung in Japan and USA and Russia. The recipient of several awards, in 2011 Elena Galitskaya won Third Prize and the Belgian Radio and Television Audience Prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition. In 2010 she became an HSBC Laureate of the Académie Européenne de Musique of the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence and also was awarded a special prize at the International Francisco-Vinas Competition in Barcelona.
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Fourth Prize
Anaïk Morel was born in Lyon (France). She completed her musical studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon with Francoise Pollet and graduated top of the class. In 2004, she was awarded the Premier Prix at the Pierre Bernac Competition in St Jean de Luz, and in 2006, the Prix du Public and the Second Prix at the International Competition for Chamber Music in Lyon where she distinguished herself as a passionate interpret of french songs and lieder. In 2006 she joined the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich where she stayed for 2 years. From 2008 through 2010 she was a member of the Ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper where she performed in Carmen (Mercedes), Nabucco (Fenena), Falstaff (Meg Page), Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel), Dialogues des Carmélites (Soeur Mathilde), Palestrina (Silla) and Die schweigsame Frau (Carlotta). Meanwhile she has performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Die Tragödie des Teufels by Peter Eöstvös, Federica in Luisa Miller), at the Staatsoper Berlin as well as at the Teatro alla Scala (Die Walküre), at the Besançon Opera (Maddalena in Rigoletto), at the Opéra national de Lorraine (Lazuli in L'Etoile), at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken and at the Staatsoper Stuttgart (Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust). Upcoming plans include Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (Mère Marie) for her debut at the Opéra national de Lyon, Offenbach’s Barbe Bleue (Boulotte) at the Opéra national de Lorraine and Carmen (title role) at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Anaïk Morel appears regularly in concert and recital. She has recently performed with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the baton of Kent Nagano (L'Enfant et les sortilèges), the Orchestre de Bretagne (Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust), the Orchestre de Picardie (Landowski's La Prison), the Orchestre national de Lyon (Stravinski's Pulcinella) and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy (Beethoven's 9th Symphony). Further plans include Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with the orchestra Musiques des Lumières, Berlioz' L'Enfance du Christ with the Orchestre national de Lyon and a recital at the Amphithéâtre of the Opéra Bastille.
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Fifth Prize
Konstantin Shushakov began his musical studies at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts under Yuriy Udalov, before going on to further studies, starting in 2009, at Galina Vishnevskaya’s Centre for Young Opera Singers and also, with Diane Zola and Dmitry Vdovin, in the context of the Bolshoi Theatre’s Young Artist Programme. In 2008 he took part in the First International Pavel Lisitsian Baritone Competition in Moscow and in the Eighth International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers Competition in St Petersburg. At the Bolshoi Theatre he has played the roles of Dancair (Carmen, conducted by E. Joel-Ornal) and Schaunard (La Bohème, under A. Allemandi); at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall he has sung the roles of Paris (Roméo et Juliette, under B. Pionnier) and Herman (Les Contes d’Hoffmann, under L. Kampellone), both in 2010, and in Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem, conducted by M. Pletnev, in 2011.
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Sixth Prize
After training as a pianist, Clémentine Margaine began her vocal studies in 2000. In 2003 she went on to study under Gerda Hartman at the CNSM in Paris. She later went on to further studies in the baroque repertoire, lieder, and French song in Royaumont, as well as under Chantal Mathias. In 2009 she was chosen as the ADAMI Révélation Classique and was awarded the jury’s special prize at the Concours International de Marmande. She has performed in recital, in lieder (including Musorgsky and Mahler), and in oratorio (both Dvo?ák’s Stabat Mater and Rossini’s, Verdi’s Requiem and Duruflé’s) in France (including the Abbaye de Royaumont, the Cité de la Musique, the Besançon opera house, and the Salle Gaveau), in Morocco (the Essaouira Festival), and in Singapore. In opera, her roles have included Carmen, Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), and La Discorde and Roxanne (L’Europe galante). In 2011-2012 she will be a member of the Deutsche Oper ensemble in Berlin.
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Unranked laureate
Stanislas de Barbeyrac began singing in the Masters of the Little Singers of Bordeaux and started to study singing in 2004, at the Bordeaux Conservatory in the class of L. Sarrazin. In 2008 he won First Prize at the Concours de Chant in Béziers and in the Concours International de Marmande. In 2010 he was awarded the Prix du Cercle Carpeaux and the Prix Lyrique de l’Association pour le Rayonnement de l’Opéra de Paris. Lyric Revelation of the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2014, he is also a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2011. He has performed in a number of operas, concerts and recitals at the Opéra-Garnier, in the Capitole in Toulouse (Slave in Salome), in Nice (Edmond in Manon Lescaut), Lille (Britten’s Les Illuminations), Marseilles (Beppe in Pagliacci), and Tours (Jacquino in Fidelio) and at the Chorégies d’Orange (Gastone in La Traviata and Borsa in Rigoletto), in Bucharest, and at the Villa Medici in Rome. He also sang in Elias with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Kurt Masur. This season, Stanislas de Barbeyrac interprets the role of Narraboth in Salome and Walter von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser at the National Opera of Paris, a concert version of Carmen at the Festival Ninon Vallin, Haydn’s Creation and Gloria by Puccini at the Sorbonne, Eugene Onegin (Lenski) with Opéra Eclate, Tristan and Isolde (the Sailor and Shepherd) in Nice, Othello (Cassio) in Toulon, Midi Musical in Bordeaux, Elias in Paris and at the Festival de La Chaise Dieu. Future projects include Der Ferne Klang (Knight and The Individual Suspect) by F. Schreker in Strasbourg, Mozart’s Requiem at Chartres in the Festival Musiques au Coeur of Eve Ruggieri, Poliuto (Nearco) in Marseille, La Traviata (taken as Alfredo) in St. Etienne, Dialogues of the Carmelites (knight Force) in Toulon then in Nantes / Angers, Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt) in Avignon, before returning to Marseille, Toulon and Paris Opera including Alceste (Evander).
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Nikola Diskic began his studies at the Stankovic Music School in his native Belgrade; in 2007 he went on to further singing studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim under Snežana Stamenkovic. He has also studied under Biserka Cvejic in Belgrade, Rudolf Piernay in London (Guildhall School), and Philip Kang in Seoul (National University). Since 2009 he has taken part in a number of opera productions at the National Theatre in Mannheim: Ariadne auf Naxos (a lackey), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Fiorello, conducted by Alois Seidelmeyer), Carmen (Morales), and Lohengrin (the herald), the two last named conducted by Dan Ettinger. Between 2005 and 2007 he won a number of prizes in national and international competitions in his homeland.
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Hwang Insu began his musical studies in his native Korea at Yonsei University, where he studied under Bae Yongnam and later under Nam Euicheon. He is currently pursuing his vocal studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe under Donald Litaker. He has taken part in a number of competitions in Seoul, winning Second Prize in the Joongang Competition and First Prize in both the La Bella Opera and Vision Voice competitions, both in 2009. He has appeared in Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), in a Korea Broadcasting Company Arts Hall production, and in Le Nozze di Figaro (Conte di Almaviva) in the Yonsei Theatre. He has also sung in a concert performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
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After completing his studies at Seoul National University, Eung Kwang Lee came to Germany in 2005 to continue his education with Anneliese Fried at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he graduated in 2008. He has won numerous competitions and awards: First Prize at the International Singing Competition Alexander Girardi in Coburg (2006), First and Special Prize at the International Singing Competition Riccardo Zandonai in Riva del Garda (2008) and First Prize at the Concours Ernst Haefliger in Bern / Gstaad (2010). In addition, Eung Kwang Lee is a laureate of the international singing competitions Leyla Gencer in Istanbul, Francisco Viñas in Barcelona, Ferruccio Tagliavini in Graz, Spiros Argiris in Sarzana, IVC- Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, Alfred Giacometti in Pavia, Hilde Zadek in Vienna as well as the Grand Prix Maria Callas in Athens. In 2007, the baritone made his debut as Marcello in La Bohème at the Seoul Art Center Opera House, which he embodied in the season 2008/2009 as a member of the Opera Studio OperAvenir at Theater Basel. In summer 2009, he was invited as Rigoletto at the Musica Riva Festival. In the season 2011/2012 he was a guest at the Saarland State Theater in Saarbruecken for the title role of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and in Bern as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. In addition, he made his debut as Ford in Verdi's Falstaff at the Korean National Opera. Since 2009/2010 Eung Kwang Lee is part of the ensemble of the Basel Theater. There he was already Sharpless in Madama Butterfly , Alexander Petrovich Gorjantschikow in House of the Dead, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Count Tomskij in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades , Amonasro in Verdi's Aida, Gamekeeper in Dvorák’s Rusalka, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen and Renato in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. In the 2013/2014 season he takes on the title role in Eugene Onegin.
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