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Contestants 2015

Photo: Camilla Sophie Storvollen

41 singers from 23 countries were invited to take part in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2015. 


The contestants were as follows: 

 Name Voice Country DOB
       
 Kiandra Howarth Soprano              Australia 1990
 Pavel Valuzhin Tenor Belarus 1987
 Florie Valiquette Soprano Canada 1986
 Lucia Cesaroni Soprano Canada 1983
 Yang Luo Tenor China 1989
 Zhai Xiaohan
Baritone China 1986
 Leon Kosavic Baritone Croatia 1991
 Petr Nekoranec Tenor Czech Republic 1992
 Elsa Dreisig Soprano France 1991
 Annika Gerhards Soprano Germany 1988
 Ardalan Jabbari Baritone Iran 1984
 Andri Björn Róbertsson 
Bass Island 1989
 Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod
Soprano Israel 1987
 Yohan Kim Tenor Korea 1985
 Hyekyung Choi 
Soprano Korea 1983
 Seung Weon Lee
Bass Korea 1983
 Marlena Devoe Soprano New Zealand 1987
 Jeanette Goldstein Mezzosoprano Norway 1983
 Lise Davidsen Soprano Norway 1987
 Rafal Pawnuk Bass Poland 1984
 Dilyara Idrisova Soprano Russia 1983
 Mariia Buinosova Soprano Russia 1989
 Anzhelika Minasova
Soprano Russia 1989
 Alexey Lavrov Baritone Russia 1985
 Yulia Mazurova Mezzosoprano Russia 1989
 Anna Brull Mezzosoprano Spain 1987
 Airam Hernández
Tenor Spain 1983
 Anna Rajah Soprano United Kingdom 1987
 Louise Kemény
Soprano United Kingdom 1985
 Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson
Soprano United Kingdom 1987
 Yuriy Yurchuk Baritone Ukraine 1983
 Emalie Savoy Soprano USA 1985
 Todd Boyce Baritone USA 1983
 Alisa Jordheim Soprano USA 1986
 Lauren Michelle Soprano USA 1983
 Jonathan Winell Tenor USA 1984
 Joshua Owen Mills Tenor Wales 1989

12 of these singers have been nominated directly to the preliminary rounds by our collaborating young artist programmes, which are: 

The Opera Studio,
Bayerishe Staatsoper, Munich

Young Artists Opera Programme
Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Internationales Operastudio
Opernhaus Zürich, Zürich


The Jette Parker Young Artist Programme
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London


The Lindemann Young Artist Programme
Metropolitan Opera, New York


Opernstudio der Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Staatsoper, Berlin


Photo: Audun Iversen (1st Prize Winner 2007) and Kristina Mkhitaryan (1st Prize Winner 2013) on the roof of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.
(Camilla Sophie Storvollen)
Photo: Camilla Sophie Storvollen
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