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Happy New Year!

Published by Frances Gerono

Lise Davidsen, first prize winner 2015. Photo: Marius Nyheim Kristoffersen.
As 2015 comes to an end we can look back on a year of new opportunities and outstanding achievements for our fantastic singers. Here are some of our highlights from the past 12 months. We would like to wish all our singers, partners, audience and friends a very happy new year!

Concert at the Bolshoi Theatre

In March we arranged the gala concert Young Opera Voices of the World in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The concert created a platform for previous QSIMC prizewinners and young artists from leading international opera academies to demonstrate their talents in front of a full house. Soprano Elisabeth Teige was chosen by QSIMC to represent Norway in this celebration of international operatic excellence. The singers were accompanied by the Bolshoi Orchestra under the baton of Anton Grishanin.

H.M. Queen Sonja in New York

2013 prizewinner Andrew Stenson (tenor, USA) had the honour of singing for H.M. Queen Sonja during The American Scandinavian Foundation’s Spring Gala in New York in April. H.M. Queen Sonja was awarded the ASF Gold Medal, the ASF’s highest honor, in recognition of her longstanding dedication to supporting Nordic visual art and music. During her visit The Queen opened the Exhibition Price Prints in Scandinavia House, a collection of works by winners of The Queen Sonja Print Award.

First prize increase

The Competition’s first prize was increased to EUR 40,000 this year thanks to a NOK 3 million gift fund from the Anders Sveaas’ charitable foundation. This generous donation raises the QSIMC prize money to the highest international level and will help to create further valuable development opportunities for future laureates.

The 2015 competition

In August we welcomed 36 exceptional vocal talents from 21 nations to Oslo to participate in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2015. The programme included concerts and masterclasses with internationally acclaimed artists. The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Helmer Fiore accompanied the five finalists in the closing concert at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. The concert was broadcast live on Norwegian national television. Several of the prizewinners have since secured important engagements with international opera houses.

Masterclass broadcast

Jury member and celebrated mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager led a masterclass for three of our semifinalists at the royal palace of Oscarshall this summer. The masterclass was hosted by H.M. Queen Sonja and filmed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Students from The Norwegian Academy of Music and The Oslo National Academy of the Arts were invited to attend. The resulting programme was broadcast on November 15th and is available to watch on some devices here.

Lise Davidsen (soprano, Norway) is awarded first prize during the 2015 final. 
Photo: Marius Nyheim Kristoffersen.

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