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Trapani, the 17th Di Stefano Opera Competition, organized by the July Music Organization, ends without a winner
The jury chaired by Sebastian Schwarz did not identify a candidate to assign the 1st Prize, but decided to divide the corresponding sum among the finalists excluded from the podium to encourage them to continue their studies.
It closed without the assignment of the First Prize XVII edition of the International Opera Singing Competition "Giuseppe Di Stefano banned fromInte Luglio Musicale Trapanese.

Among the ten finalists in the race, the 3rd April to the CineTeatro Ariston of Trapani, the jury chaired by Sebastian Schwarz did not find the candidate corresponding to the ideal profile of the winner, therefore choosing not to award the First Prize, a decision that aims to keep the prestige of the Trapani competition high and in line with what is used in the most accredited international music competitions.

In order to encourage study and training after the many difficulties that young emerging artists have encountered due to the pandemic, the jury has however decided to divide the sum of the first prize among the finalists excluded from the podium.

In 2022, therefore, no name will be added to the large list of talents that make up the register of winners of the Di Stefano Competition such as the soprano Dimitra Theodossiou, the tenor Antonino Siragusa, the baritone Nicola Alaimo, the soprano Chiara Amarù, the tenors Paolo Fanale. and Leonardo Cortellazzi, bass Luca Tittoto.

For the second prize on the other hand, the Polish baritone fully convinced the jury Jan Żądło, who performed the piece "Is it a dream? or reality ..." from Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi. Żądło was also awarded the Special prize "Francesco Braschi", awarded by the Kiwanis Club Trapani.

Third place the tenor from Turin Giuseppe Raimondo, with the interpretation of the aria "Pourquoi me réveiller" from Werther by Jules Massenet.

The 17th edition will also be remembered for the international origin of the participants who reached Trapani from Chile, China, Puerto Rico, Russia, Poland, Greece, South Korea and all over Italy (Bologna, Trieste, Bari, Turin , Palermo, Cosenza, Rome, Milan and Florence).

"This year is the edition of the confirmation after the resumption of the Di Stefano Competition in 2021 - he declares Matteo Beltrami, artistic director of the Prize and of the Entity - and also on this occasion we found that the Competition is one of the most important moments for the Musical July to establish and consolidate relations with the theaters of Italy and Europe. The seventeenth edition saw applications from all over the world, from America to Asia, from Europe to many Italian cities. The signal that the jury has given, that of not assigning the first prize, is both in line with the profile of an international competition and with the spirit of a competition of wanting to encourage young singers to do better by giving them help ».

New this year was the section "Crystal voice”, Reserved for falsettists and countertenors, in which the Chilean countertenor won Gustavo Argandona, who performed the madrigal "Venus' Birds”By the English composer John Bennet.

The jury, chaired by Sebastian Schwartz, Artistic Director of the Teatro Regio in Turin and of the Valle d'Itria Festival, was composed of Michael Barobeck, Artistic Director of the Graz Opera, Cecilia Gasdia, Superintendent of the Arena di Verona Foundation, Giovanni Di Stephen, President and artistic director of the Opera Giocosa di Savona, Alexander Of Gloria, Casting Manager of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Gianna Fratta, Artistic director of the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra Foundation, and by agents Laura Thumb (In art Antonio Spagnuolo (Allegorical). The expert on countertenor voices was also part of the jury Alexander Mumble it, music critic.

Several i special awards awarded which highlighted the support for the Competition and the interest on the part of local associations and institutions in promoting study and training opportunities for young artists. The prizes were awarded by a jury composed of Sabina Braschi, representative of the Kiwanis International club, Rachel O'Brien, artistic director of the "Salvatore Licitra" Opera Competition, Manuela Ranno, Musical Director of the July Music.

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Source: Inte Luglio Musicale Trapanese

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