We hope you enjoyed the October 14th broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular 2017 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, recorded live at the Kimmel Center.
First Place: Tenor Roy Hage
Second Place: Soprano Alexandra Nowakowski
Third Place: Tenor Piotr Buszewski
AVA Giargiari Competition 2017 Winners:
First Prize Winners (a tie): Sopranos Claire de Monteil and Alexandra Razskazoff
Second Prize: Tenor Piotr Buszewski
Audience Favorite Prize: Soprano Meryl Dominguez
There are over 50 AVA graduates who have joined the Metropolitan Opera’s roster since 1980, and AVA alumni are heard in the great opera houses around the world every season. These are very talented young singers!
AVA holds the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater every year to highlight the best emerging operatic talent. Prizes are awarded by a professional panel of judges and by the audience themselves. Take a look at AVA resident artist bios here.
The competition is a concert experience unlike any other in Philadelphia in that it requires all vocalists to perform an aria in the "bel canto" vocal technique.
Bel canto, which is translated as “beautiful singing” in Italian, is an operatic vocal style most popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. The highly artistic technique emphasizes the evenness and richness of tone, and smooth phrasing.
Previous Giargiari winners include international opera stars Stephen Costello, Angela Meade, Richard Troxell, Joyce El-Khoury, James Valenti, and Latonia Moore. AVA alumnus James Morris and Josh Winograde from the Metropolitan Opera are among the judges.
Listen on Saturday, October 14th at 4 pm! And don't forget to vote! The Giargiari Bel Canto Competition from Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI 90.1.