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Winners of the 57th Tenor Viñas Contest

Russian mezzo-soprano Victoria Karkacheva, 29, wins first prize in the 57th edition of the Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest, in the Final held on Friday 24 January at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The Second Prize went to 28-year-old mezzo-soprano Natalia Kutateladze (Georgia), while the Third Prize went to 28-year-old Chilean soprano Yaritza Véliz Aquea. The other official awards went to the Korean bass-baritone Insik Choi (Fourth Prize), the American mezzo-soprano Melissa Zgouridi (Fifth Prize) and finally the Venezuelan soprano Maria Brea (Sixth Prize).

17 singers from a total of 546 from 53 countries took part in this year's Tenor Viñas Final Audition. The artists have gone through qualifying rounds in London, New York, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Beijing, San Francisco, Moscow and Madrid.

The international jury of this new edition of the competition has been presided for the first time by the new artistic director of the Liceu, Víctor Garcia de Gomar. This year’s jury members were: Richard Bonynge AC CBE (Australia), conductor; Giuseppe Cuccia (Italy), Artistic Administrator of the National Center for the Performing Arts of China, Beijing; Mariella Devia (Italy), soprano; Alessandro Galoppini (Italy), Director of the singing companies of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Tobias Hasan (Austria), Director of the Berlin Staatsoper; Joan Matabosch (Spain), Artistic Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid; Peter Mario Katona (Germany), Casting Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London; Ludmila Talikova (Russia), Director of the Opera Company at the Bolshoi Theater in Russia (Moscow); Ilias Tzempetonidis (Greece), Casting Director of the Opéra National de Paris; and Diane Zola (United States), Assistant Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.