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Winners from Norway, France and Ukraine

Published by Mie Inchley

H.M. Queen Sonja with the QSIMC 2015 winners. Photo: Marius Nyheim Kristoffersen.
The Norwegian rising star, soprano Lise Davidsen (Norway), secured the 1st prize during the dramatic finale on the opera's main stage Friday 21 August. 2nd prize went to Elsa Dreisig, soprano (France) and the 3rd prize went to Yuriy Yurchuk, baritone (Ukraine). The two finalist prizes went to Leon Kosavic, baritone (Croatia) and Alexey Lavrov, baritone (Russia).
Her Majesty Queen Sonja awarded the prizes.

Three prizes for Davidsen

The singers competed for a total prize pot of around NOK 600,000 in addition to important stage and concert engagements. Lise Davidsen collected a total of three prizes during this year's competition: the 1st prize of €40,000, the prize for the best performance of Norwegian music (€1,500), and the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship for the best Norwegian participant (NOK 75,000).

The other prizes this year were:
2nd prize  €10,000
3rd prize  €5,000
Two finalist prizes of €1,500


An incredible journey

"One should not forget the incredible journey this has been for these five special young talents to reach the final round and the solid nerves they need to sing such a concert on the great stage of the Oslo Opera, all of this broadcast by Norwegian television! Congratulations to all of the finalists for offering an evening of unforgettable musical moments! I am sure these singers will find their way on the international scene very soon. It will be exciting to follow their path", says de Lint.
 

“The quality of artistic performance in this year's Competition has been the highest ever”, says Executive Director Lars Hallvard Flæten. “I am also pleased to say that the we are constantly developing and expanding. I think it is fair to say that the ten Competition days are now almost like a festival, with concerts and masterclasses and many different parties involved”.

A new international star

Lise Davidsen, from the Vestfold region of Norway, has already got herself noticed on the international scene this summer. She sang herself to first place in Placido Domingos Operalia, as well as winning both the Audience Prize and the Birgit Nilsson Prize. In the prestigious Belvedere competition in Amsterdam she won both the Second Prize, the Audience Prize and the International Media Prize.

Davidsen has a bachelors degree in song from the Grieg Academy in Bergen, and a masters degree from The Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen from spring 2014 where she studied under one of Europe's foremost vocal teachers, Susanna Eken.

The final was broadcast by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation from the main stage of the Norwegian National Opera. The finalists were accompanied by the Oslo Philharmonic, conducted by John Helmer Fiore.
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