Opera is for young people: in Milan the Aliverta competition reserved for under 35s. Here are the winners who will participate in Bohème and Voix Humaine

Director Alexander Pasinithe sopranos Luisa Bertoli And Brigitte Keuschthe tenor Giuseppe Infantino and the baritone William Allione are the winners of the second international opera competition Giancarlo Alivertaborn in 2021 to support artists under 35 after the difficult period of the pandemic which hit the theatres. The event was born thanks to the commitment of Gianmaria Alivertaopera director and founder of VoceallOpera, an association that in Milan since 2013 has been trying to bring opera to the suburbs, at low cost and with productions involving singers who are starting their careers. The contest had a prize pool of almost 10 thousand EUR6 thousand of which are the fruit of one fundraiser in which they participated 62 donors in two months. Members from all over the world participated in the competition: in addition to Italy, they were also represented ChinaKorea, JapanBrazil, MexicoSwiss, PeruUkraine, Russia and United States. Special prizes went to the soprano Ariadne Giuffrida and, again, a Luisa Bertoli.

The competition also gave away the possibility of debut in the roles of La Boheme from Giacomo Puccini And La voix humaine from Francis Poulenc and in the case of the director to set up the opera in one act and one voice. Winners also received cash prizes, subscriptions to OperaBase (the most important and authoritative portal on opera), interviews in the magazine Opera Life and auditions in the theaters of La Coruna, Vilnius, Genoa, Bari, Bologna And Sassari.

The director who won the first prize is Alexander Pasini29 years old, the best out of 11 according to the jury made up of Gianmaria Alivertwho is a director and also a professor of stage art, Massimo Cecchetto (set designer and director of staging at the Fenice in Venice), Alberto Mattioli (writer, journalist and playwright) e Albert Triolasuperintendent of La Toscanini in Parma.

The singers entered in the competition were instead 54. The Bohème – which will be co-produced by VoceallOpera and the Orchestra Senza Spine of Bologna – will see in the role of Rudolf – the young man in love with the protagonist Mimi – the tenor infant Joseph (27 years old), while for the roles of Marcellus And Schaunard she got it William Allione (27 years old). For the role of Schaunard the 32-year-old also stood out Antoninus Jacob which resulted”suitable“, in the sense that the artistic direction – during the preparation of Puccini’s opera – will have a special consideration. For the role of Elle in La voix humaine there was a tie. They were the winners He knows Bertoli29 years old, and Brigitte Keusch26.

The competition for the finalist singers did not end with the final evening. The donors of the fundraising – after watching the performances of the final – will in fact decide to whom to assign the last recognition, i.e. the Opera Life Awardwhich gives the opportunity for an interview and monitoring of the artist’s activities for 6 months in the specialized periodical.

Bertoli he also won the special prize Rodolfo Celletti bel canto academywhich consists of a place in the institute for 2023. The other special prize, entitled ad Alfred Bresciawent to Ariadne Giuffrida (26 years old), who received the recognition (a scholarship of 500 euros) from his wife from Brescia, the mezzo-soprano Ilia Aramayo Sandivari.


All photos on this page are by Gianpaolo Parodi and have been kindly granted byVoceallopera association

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