Chinese soprano wins 48th Concours de Chant Toulouse9:45, 12th February 2013
Chinese soprano, Yuan-Ming Song, has won the 48th Concours International de Chant Toulouse with a performance of ‘Toi qui sus le néant’ from Verdi’s Don Carlos.
Song was one of ten young performers selected to participate in this year’s public final at Toulouse’s Théâtre du Capitole, accompanied by the Orchestre National du Capitole under British conductor, Graeme Jenkins.
No first prize was awarded in the Male Voice category, but Russian bass Gevorg Grigoryan came second, followed in third place by baritone, Inhui Kim, from South Korea.
Sopranos dominated the Female Voice category, with Portugal’s Eduarda Melo and Anna Kasyan from Georgia in second and third places after Song.
Each winner received a cash prize worth between €1,000 and €6,500.
Jury members for the competition included Peter Katona, casting director from London’s Royal Opera House, Christoph Seuferle, director of opera at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, and Lenore Rosenberg, associate artistic administrator for The Metropolitan Opera in New York.
The Concours International de Chant Toulouse was founded in 1954 to discover and promote talented young singers. This year’s competition attracted over 130 applications from 31 countries.
Past winners include José Van Dam, Viorica Cortès, Alexandrina Miltcheva, Ludovic Spiess and Leontina Vaduva.