Of 45 selected singers selected for the First Concours Régine Crespin --organized by the Long-Thibaud Foundation-- and after two rounds of competition the jury, chaired by Alexander Pereira (new director of the Salzburger Festspiele), decided the 6 finalists who would sang at the big public concert at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
And so the final concert took place yesterday - Saturday, November 5th 2011, with Betrand de Billy conducting the Orchestre National de France and with Sophie Koch who hosted the evening. Each of the 6 finalists -- Marina Bucciarelli, Marie-Adeline Henry, Julia Lezhneva, Roman Burdenko, Kihwan Sim, Ida Falk Winland -- sang two arias.
|Finalists: Marina Bucciarelli, Marie-Adeline Henry, Julia Lezhneva, Roman Burdenko, Kihwan Sim, Ida Falk Winland|
Arte-Live-Web (again them!) live broadcast the concert and the video is embedded below.
The Top-3 are:
- Kihwan Sim [La calunnia è un venticello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) - 0:34:15, Ombre di mia prosapia (La Gioconda) - 1:40:05]
- Roman Burdenko [Si puo? Si puo? (Pagliacci) - 0:12:58, Kto mozhet sravnitzya (Iolanta) - 1:21:30]
- Ida Falk Windland [Je marche sur tous les chemins (Manon) - 0:49:40, Glitter and Be Gay (Candide) - 1:55:15 ]
Congratulations to all 6 finalists and to the winners in particular!
I already saw Roman Burdenko last year in Boccanegra in Strasbourg. Whatever we can think about the final results, it is good when some of these impressive young singers receives a special distinction (he was also voted the best singer by the members of the Orchestra.)
I guess the jury did not want to have more than one Korean bass/baritone in the final, which would be the only plausible explanation for not having Lee Eungkwang singing in the final.