Opera’s Young Faces

The Leyla Gencer Song Contest Has Uncovered New Talents For The World Of Opera. The Contestants In This, Its Seventh, Year Have Already Been Selected, And The Finals Are Taking Place September 16 To 20.

The semi-finals will be held on September 18 at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall and the finals at 8 p.m. the evening of Thursday, September 20, at Aya İrina Museum. Forty-one artists from 22 countries entered the preliminary auditions for the contest, which broke a record this year with 176 applicants. Among the contestants are six sopranos, three mezzo sopranos and a baritone from Turkey.

In addition to the prizes given to the top three finalists, one finalist will also receive a Special Award in the form of a three-month scholarship at Milan’s La Scala Theater Academy. Yet another special award is the Doğuş Special Audience Award, the winner of which will be invited to the 2013 D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival.

● The preliminary auditions for the contest were held in Istanbul, Berlin, London, Vienna, Madrid and Milan.
● After Turkey, the largest number of applicants and finalists have come from South Korea. Among the five South Korean artists, two are sopranos, and the remaining three a mezzo soprano, a tenor and a baritone.
● The youngest finalist is the 1991-born Fatma Said, who is entering from Egypt.