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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
The young German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn studied at the Hanover and Paris conservatories and is currently working with Patricia McCaffrey in New York. He has made a big impression at a number of competitions, winning first prize at the SWR Junge Opernstars 2018 and at the Das Lied International Song Competition, as well as prizes at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, the Hugo Wolf Competition, the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York, the Concours international Nadia et Lili Boulanger in Paris, and the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin. In concert and in recital, he has sung at the Ravinia Music Festival and the Marlboro Festival and at Carnegie Hall, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. He has also performed at the Lyons and Leipzig opera houses. His first CD, Nachtblicke, of lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner, and Reimann, came out in 2014.
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Second Prize
Winner of the ‘Révélation lyrique’ award at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2018 and of third prize in the prestigious Voix Nouvelles 2018 competition, the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik received a Master’s in singing in 2016 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where she was taught by Elène Golgevit. That same year, she won the Adami’s ‘Révélation lyrique’ award. In 2016-2017, she appeared at the Rouen, Versailles, and Dijon opera houses and also made her debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London in the BBC Proms with the Ensemble Pygmalion. Highlights this year include singing with Christophe Rousset’s Les Talens Lyriques and Vincent Dumestre and recording with Justin Taylor and the Taylor Consort for the Alpha label. Eva Zaïcik took part in the 8th edition of William Christie’s Arts Florissants’ ‘Jardin des Voix’ and the subsequent world tour.
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Third Prize
The bass-baritone Ao Li studied singing at Shandong Normal University. He has been a member of the Merola Program and of the Adler Program at the San Francisco Opera, where his roles included Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Ascanio Petrucci in Lucrezia Borgia, Don Basilio and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Ben Weatherstaff in the world premiere of Nolan Gasser’s The Secret Garden. At the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, he has appeared in the title roles in Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Pasquale. He has also performed at the Seoul Arts Center, at the Spoleto Festival USA, at the Lincoln Center Festival, and at the Macau International Music Festival. Ao Li is a laureate of the Placido Domingo Operalia World Opera Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka.
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Fourth Prize
Born in Madrid, Rocío Pérez first trained in the clarinet and drama and took her first singing classes with Elena Valdelomar. She then attended the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid, where she was taught by Victoria Manso. She has taken part in masterclasses given by Natalie Dessay, Ana Luisa Chova, Dolora Zajick, June Anderson, and Carlos Chausson. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Opéra Studio at the Opéra National du Rhin. She has sung under conductors such as Alberto Zedda, Patrick Davin, Vincent Monteil, Antonino Fogliani, and Martyn Brabbins. In 2017, Rocío Pérez was awarded two special prizes at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and third prize at the ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ competition ; earlier, she won second prize at the Concours International de Chant de Marmande and first prize at the Luis Mariano International Singing Competition.
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Fifth Prize
After studying the piano and the organ, Héloïse Mas attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, where she was awarded a singing Master’s in 2015. She made her debut at the Opéra national de Lyon in 2013 and took part in the recording of Joyce Di Donato’s album Stella di Napoli. That same year, at the Concours International de chant de Marmande, Héloïse Mas was awarded the first prize for female voice in the opera category, as well as the O.F.Q.J. (Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse) prize for the best French performer in the opera category. Selected by the Adami as one of the ‘Révélations Talents Classiques 2014’, she has appeared at the Pablo Casals festival in Prades and took part in the ‘Révélations’ concert at the Chorégies d’Orange in 2015. That same year, she made her London debut in the Europe Day Concert at Saint John’s Smith Square.
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Sixth Prize
After first studying the violin and piano, Marianne Croux was admitted to the Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie (IMEP) in Namur in 2009 and went on to further studies in singing at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSM) in 2012 under Chantal Mathias. In 2015, an exchange with the Manhattan School of Music gave her the opportunity to work with Mignon Dunn. She has also undertaken further studies under Anne Le Bozec, Margreet Honig, Regina Werner, Janina Baechle, Kenneth Weiss, Jeff Cohen, and Olivier Reboul. In 2009, she won first prize in the Dexia Classics competition and sang with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie at La Monnaie in Brussels. In parallel with her appearances in operatic roles, she has performed in sacred music under conductors such as David Reiland, Raphaël Pichon, and Emmanuelle Haïm. In September 2017, she joined the Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris.
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Unranked laureate
Germán Enrique Alcántara began his studies at the Escuela Superior de Música in Posada, Misiones. He went on to further studies in singing and choral conducting at the National University in Cuyo, where he was taught by Silvia Nasiff and Ricardo Portillo. In 2014, he moved to Paris to study at the Maitrise de Notre-Dame under Rosa Dominguez and later attended the Reina Sofía School of Music. He is a laureate of the Concurso Bach Joven in Paraguay, the Concurso para Jóvenes Estudiantes de Canto Lirico, the Ad Alta Voce competition, and the Concurso de Zarzuela de Valleseco. Among other venues, Germán E. Alcántara has performed at the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Rheingau Musik Festival, at the Escales Lyriques festival, and at the Metz opera house. He also sings in the University of Mendoza Choir, the Teatro Colón opera choir, the Chorakademie Lübeck, and the Coro Academia Teatro del Lago.
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Unranked laureate
Alex DeSocio is a graduate of Northwestern University and of the University of Maryland. His recent performances include the role of Dancairo in Carmen at Fort Worth Opera, Schaunard in La Bohème at Charleston Opera, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at LoftOpera, Dandini in La Cenerentola at Opera Fort Collins, and Ramiro in L’heure espagnole at Opera Memphis. In 2013, he joined the Merola Opera Program, in which he appeared in the role of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia. Previously, he was an artist in residence at Pittsburgh Opera, where he appeared in The Magic Flute, La Bohème, Otello, and Carmen, among other works. Alex DeSocio is a laureate of the Sullivan Foundation, the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, the Shreveport Opera Competition, and the Merola Opera Program Shoshana Grant Award.
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Unranked laureate
The baritone Yuriy Hadzetskyy was born in Lviv in Ukraine. He studied at the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy under Stepan Pyatnychko and Petro Onchul. A former soloist with the early-music ensemble A capella Leopolis, he has worked with baroque music specialists such as Paul Esswood, Angelika Mots, Marek Toporowski, Tomek Slusarchyk, Peter Benovich, and Nazar Kozhuhar. He has been a guest soloist with the Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and made his operatic debut in 2015 in Don Giovanni at the Solomiya Krushelnytska Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Between 2016 and 2017, Yuriy Hadzetskyy was a soloist at the Kyiv National Operetta Theatre ; since 2017, he has participated in the ‘Opera Academy’ Young Talents Training Programme of the Teatr Wielki (Polish National Opera) in Warsaw.
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Unranked laureate
Sooyeon Lee is a graduate of the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where she was taught by Beverly Blankenship and Peter Marschik. She went on to further studies under Gabriele Fontana and Edith Lienbacher. She won second prize and the audience prize at the ARD Music Competition, where she performed with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. She is also a laureate of a number of other competitions, including the International Music Competition Berlin, the Gian Battista Viotti International Competition, and the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. In 2014, she gave a solo concert as Kumho Young Artist in Korea. She has also sung Brahms’s Liebesliederwalzer at a lunchtime concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Her operatic roles have included Gilda in Rigoletto in Korea and Adele in Die Fledermaus at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn.
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