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GEROPHARM Group sponsored the tenth Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera Singers

26 August 2015

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 Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia.

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 jury member.

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 Foundation”.

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.

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