Die Soroptimistinnen aus Wien treffen Belvedere-Preisträgerin Pretty Yende

Véra Gregor & Marianne Reisinger, Soroptimistinnen Wien, mit Pretty Yende
Die Freude der Soroptimistinnen aus Wien war beim "Great Voices"-Konzert am 15. März im Wiener Konzerthaus groß: 

"... der Hans Gabor Belvedere Gesangswettbewerb ist eine erfolgreiche never ending story!!

Unsere erste Preisträgerin 2009, Pretty Yende, hatte einen umjubelnden Abend im Wiener Konzerthaus."


#Belvedere2014 - Participants in the spotlight Olha Matushenko

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My name is Olha Matushenko, I`m soloist of the National Opera House of Ukraine.

Singing is my life, my soul and my heart... Like sun rising every morning, my desire to sing becomes my everyday inspiration. I’ll never stop singing because music is one of the greatest values gifted for humanity.

But there are two things in my life I love more than music, my family and my Ukraine. I will do all my best to make my family and my country be proud of me!

I hope that the Belvedere Singing Competition will help me to represent myself before many singer agents and representatives of opera and concert houses.

Olha Matushenko, Soprano, Ukraine


#Belvedere2014 - Participants in the spotlight: Mariam Battistelli

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Hello Belvedere, my name is Mariam Battistelli and I'm an Italian Mezzosoprano .

I partecipate to the Belvedere singing competition to measure my level and cause it's very important listen to other singers. I'm sure that it's going to be a very exciting experience and I will improve in several aspects.

My most ardent desire is to sing cause it makes me happy and be able to move audiences. I also dream to sing on the biggest stage all over the world.

See you in Barcellona!

Mariam BattistelliMezzo-Soprano, Italy

#Belvedere2014 - Participants in the spotlight: Carol Garcia

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Hello Belvedere!

It is Carol Garcia, a spanish mezzosoprano from Barcelona, living between Paris and Uk. 

Im coming to Opera Bastille to take part in this competition, looking forward to have a great experience and take part in further rounds, and learn from everyone to keep on improving in this fabulous work. 

My most ardent desire is to live happy doing what I like most, which is making music having a beautiful career on stage, and make people take part of it.

See u in Paris!

Carol Garcia, Mezzo-Soprano, Spain 


#Belvedere2014 - Participants in the spotlight: Melanie Audefroy

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Beginning as a pianist and harpist musician, it took me time to found my real direction and my voice.So after studying in Italy the vocal technique, I also obtained my First Prize in the National Conservatory of Nice. I decided to "earn my leaving"as an lyric artist but because I started singing very late, I begun with Chorus auditions (Paris Bastille,Capitole of Toulouse, Monte-Carlo, Nice and Marseille) and succeeded in all!

Of course my real dream was to sing as a soloist,going further into my professional life I understood that the Competitions where important to permit me to know my position in the Lyric World (Montserrat Caballe International Singing Competition-Semi-Finalist-2013).

My participation at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere singing competition is important to follow my believes, firstly as this competiton is known worldwide, also to perform for an International Jury and to successfully rich the final round!

As Elina Garanča, a famous mezzo-soprano singer, she has been threw this competition and started a career afterwards…

As her and others, I would like to have the opportunity to begin a soloist career!!

Melanie Audefroy, Soprano, France

#Belvedere2014 - Participants in the spotlight: Bárbara Barradas

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I am Bárbara Barradas, a lyric-coluratura Soprano from Portugal. 

I think Belvedere is one of the most important platforms for young singers. It is a excelent opportunity, and one of the best competitions that a young singer can do. I wish I can share my passion and gift with all the people in the world. I really would like to have the opportunity to sing everywhere and bring the art to every soul and heart. I can not imagine anything other than opera singing. 

My facebook is Bárbara Barradas and my facebook page is Bárbara Barradas Soprano.

Looking forward to participate in this competition.
Best Wishes, Bárbara Barradas

#Belvedere2014 - Participants in the spotlight: Víctor Jiménez Día

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Hi everyone! My name is Víctor Jiménez Díaz and I am a 25 years old Spanish countertenor.

A great friend recommended me to take part on this contest because it can be a great opportunity for my career, to present my art to this prestigious international jury and also to present myself to the international audience. So here we are!

I hope to contribute with my work to this fascinating profession because music is one of the most important things in my life and I have the necessity to offer my singing to the great composers and make come alive his works for today’s public.

I hope to learn and enjoy a lot with this experience and I’m sending to all of you a big and strong hug from Barcelona. Toi toi toi and see you soon!!

Víctor Jiménez Díaz, countertenor, Spain


#Belvedere2014 - Participants in the spotlight: Julia Sariego

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Hello Belvedere, my name is Julia Sariego and I am a Soprano from Spain. I am looking forward coming to Barcelona and take part in the contest. I am sure it will be an enriching experience for me as a singer, and I am excited because it will be one of my first contests. Music is my passion and I hope that I can transmit that to you through my singing.

I chose to take part in the Belvedere Singing
Competition, it being a great opportunity to measure my singing with that of the best talents in the world. I can additionally learn a lot from the experience of singing in front of such a highly prestigious jury.

My most ardent desire is to live a life filled with music, and be able to move people with my singing. I dream of a career on stage, and I am working hard to fulfil that dream of becoming a great artist.

I am looking forward meeting you all there.