The Tenth Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera
Singers took place in Saint Petersburg from 18th to 25th of August. The
event was held in the Grand Hall of the D.D. Shostakovitch
Saint-Petersburg Academic Philharmonia. The competition is held by the
Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre and the Charitable Foundation of
Support for Music Art “Elena Obraztsova Foundation” with the support by
the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Committee of
Culture of St. Petersburg.
GEROPHARM Group is a partner of the Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre
and the Charitable Foundation of Support for Music Art and sponsors
competitions and charitable events aimed at development and support of
young talents on the annual basis.
On August 25, the final stage of the Tenth Elena Obraztsova
International Competition of Young Opera Singers and the awarding
ceremony were held in the Grand Hall of the D.D. Shostakovitch
The First Prize went to Taras Prisiazhniuk, a tenor singer from
Donetsk, graduate of the P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of
Ukraine. The jury remarked the young singer’s fine mellifluous voice and
performance skills. He was one of the few for whom all the jury members
voted with their decisive “Yes” already in the first audition.
The Second Prize was given to Badral Chuluunbataar, a Mongolian
singer, student of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and participant
of the third season of the Grand Opera on Russia-K TV-channel. Many
opera lovers remember the project where Elena Vasilievna Obraztsova was
one of the jury members. “Badral, you’ve stolen my heart,” this phrase
said by Elena Vasilievna at that time has now gained one more sense.
Indeed, presence of Elena Obraztsova at the competition was almost
visible: apart from her portraits in the hall, Elena Obraztsova’
nameplate was traditionally placed in the centre of the jury presidium
to explicitly imply that she, the great, unrivalled singer so admired by
all generations of spectators and singers, will always be the principal
The Third Prize was divided between Emilia Ablaeva, a soprano soloist
of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, and Vladimir Dmitruk, a
singer from Belarus and a graduate of the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St.
Petersburg State Conservatory. The spectators voted for this singer as
well: Dmitruk received the audience choice award conferred according to
the results of voting in the Internet and the Hall during the third
audition. As the special prise winner, he is expected to perform in the
Moscow musical theatre “Helikon-Opera” show.
Russian singers Gleb Peryazev, Natalia Kuchina, Vyacheslav Vasiliev,
Daria Ryabinko, Iury Rostotsky and Anna Al-Khashem, Aleksander Roslovets
from Belarus and Saltanat Akhmetova from Kazakhstan became the
competition diploma winners.
The competition special prizes were also awarded. Anna Shapovalova, a
singer from Rostov-on-Don was awarded for the best performance of
Tchaikovsky’s romance; Gleb Peryazev from Irkutsk was awarded for the
best performance of Sviridov’s romance. Taras Prisiazhniuk and Badral
Chuluunbataar, the winners of the two first prizes were awarded with the
right to participate in the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers
concert program. Saltanat Akhmetova was awarded with a special prize of
the Charitable Foundation of Support for Music Art “Elena Obraztsova
Several singers were awarded right to perform on Russian philharmonic
and opera opera scenes: Dmitry Grigoriev from Nizhny Novgorod was
awarded right to perform in the E.V. Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of
Moscow; Viacheslav Vasiliev from Tiulkovo, Krasnoyarsk Territory, in one
of the programs of the Grand Hall of the D.D. Shostakovitch
Saint-Petersburg Academic Philharmonia; Saltanat Akhmetova in a solo
recital in the Small Hall of Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Irakly Murdzhikneli from Georgia was given the prize of the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg and a Letter of Gratitude from its Chairman, V.S. Makarov.