Kang Wang, Aigul Akhmetshina and Mandla Mndebele
Aigul Akhmetshina wins Belvedere Competition 201712:27, 11th July 2017
Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina has won the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2017.
She receives €7,000 and also wins engagements at opera houses across the globe.
Akhmetshina currently studies with Nelly Yusupova Gabdelhaevna, and is a member of the International Union of Musicians of the Interregional Shalyapin Centre. Previous competition successes include third prize in the D. Kabalevsky International Competition, Samara; the Talented Youth Support Award from the Russian Federation; and first prizes in the B.T. Shtokolov Vocal Competition, St Petersburg, and the New Opera Competition, Moscow.
She joins the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists programme at the start of the 2017/18 Season.
Second prize went to Australian tenor Kang Wang, a finalist in this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, and South African baritone Mandla Mndebele received third prize and the audience award. Fellow baritone John Brancy (America) won the media prize.
The final rounds took place 29 June – 6 July on the stage of the Helikon Opera, Moscow; this was the first time the rounds had been held in Russia.
The jury was chaired by John M. Mordler, and also included Teatro Real Madrid artistic director Joan Matabosch, Cape Town Opera managing director Michael Williams, and Helikon Opera Moscow artistic director Dmitrij Bertman.