Winners

2019/20 Edition

Aigul Khismatullina

Soprano
Russia
Grand prize “Francisco Viñas” offered by the Fundació Puig and the Fundació Gran Teatre del Liceu.
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2019

Ivan Ayon

Tenor
Perú
Grand prize “Francisco Viñas”, offered by the Fundació Puig and the Fundació Gran Teatre del Liceu. 

Liv Redpath

Soprano
USA
Second prize offered by Grup d’Amics del Concurs “Tenor Viñas”.
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During the 2018/19 season, Liv Redpath makes her role debut as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel conducted by James Conlon at the Los Angeles Opera. She will sing a concert of Handel and Rameau arias with Christophe Rousset, reprise the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos for Cincinnati Opera, and cover Bess in Breaking the Waves at the Edinburgh International Festival. Concert appearances include Mozart’s Requiem and Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent with Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall, in addition to Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges as Le feu/la princesse/le rossignol with the Pacific Symphony. Past seasons include Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at The Santa Fe Opera, L’amour in John Neumeier’s new production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, as well as Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with the Los Angeles Opera. Additional concert appearances include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Vivaldi’s Gloria with Seattle Symphony, as well as Poulenc’s Gloria, Vaughan-Williams’ Hodie, and Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall.

"The Liceu was the first major European opera stage I've had the pleasure to sing on, and even the lights from the boxes smile at you here! I was so honored to receive my awards, and even more humbled to sing with the Liceu orchestra in the Final Concert. It was a complete joy to sing Mozart and Bellini in this idyllic setting with a lively and engaged audience; a moment in time I will not soon forget".

Long Long

Tenor
China
Third prize “Maria Esperança Salvans Piera” offered by Ms. Cristina Bertran Salvans. 
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Winner of the third prize at Tenor Vinas Singing Contest in 2019, the Chinese tenor Long Long is considered one of the most promising lyric tenors of his generation. He is a winner of the Grand Prix de l’Opera in Bucharest 2016, Giovani Voci Verdiane in Busseto 2017, and finalist at Operalia 2018 in Lisbon. In 2017 he was participating to Georg Solti Accademia in Italy. Since 2017 Long Long has been a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. From the season 2019/20 Long Long will be a member of the Staatsoper Hannover.

"This competition is of great significance to me. Being able to win an award is a major leap forward for my career. In each round of competition, I really enjoyed the process of this competition and I was trying to calm down and show my best. I think I also got a good workout and improvement during this competition".

Jaka Mihelac

Baritone
Slovenia
Fourth prize offered by Associació de Liceites 4t i 5è pis and Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.

Valentyna Pluzhnikova

Mezzosoprano
Ukraine 
Fifth prize, offered by Grup Amics del Concurs “Tenor Viñas”.
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In 2016 Valentyna Pluzhnikova made her debut at the Theatre of the P. I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy (Kiev, Ukraine) with the role of Flora in Verdi's La traviata. Since 2016 she regularly takes part in productions of the National Tchaikovsky Opera studio (Kiev, Ukraine). In September 2017 she joined the Academia Operowa of the Polish National Theatre in Warsaw. On January 1, 2019 she took part in the Gala Lirico di Capodanno at the Teatro Verdi Firenze (Italy) with Orchestra della Toscana. At the moment Pluzhnikova is a fourth -year student at the P. I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine with Gennady Kabka. In summer 2019 she will take part in the Young Singers Project of Salzburg festival.

Competitions: V International Singing Competition Perls of Art (I Prize); 24 International Competition for Opera Singers Ferruccio Tagliavini (finalist); III International Eva Marton Singing Competition (finalist); Bartok Plus Opera Festival Miskolc (special prize); XXIX Concorso Lirico Internationale Iris Adami Corradetti (II Prize); 56 Tenor Viñas Contest (V Prize, Extraordinary prize Festival Castell de Pelarada).

"I'm very proud that in my 22 years I am the winner of V Prize of such a famous competition Tenor Viñas Contest. The contest has left wonderful memories and gave me great opportunities and prospects for further career growth".

Siman Chung

Contratenor
South Corea
Sixth prize, offered by Hoteles Catalonia and Grup Amics del Concurs “Tenor Viñas”.
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A native of Busan, South Korea, Siman Chung returned to the Metropolitan Opera this season for its production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie. In 2018, he sang the title role in the Berlioz edition of Gluck’s Orphée with Opera Columbus, in Toronto, and at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Mr. Chung joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, participating in the company premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel. He appeared with Korean National Opera in Vivaldi’s Orlando fintzo pazzo. In 2015, Chung made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel’s Messiah. In 2017, he made his New York recital debut in Presented by Opera Index, as a winner of its major prize. In 2018, he made his Lincoln Center debut singing the role of Fileno from Clori, Tirsi e Fileno by Händel. He also received first prize of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition in New York, the sixth Official Prize in Tenor Viñas Competition in Barcelona, Spain and a grant from the Sullivan Foundation.

"It was such a great experience for me singing in the Viñas Competition. I learned so many great things from the competition and it was so wonderful that I had a chance to sing at the Gran Teatre del Liceu! Thank you so much for all your support!​"