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After its inauguration and great success last summer, emerging opera artists will gather again in Rijeka on the occasion of 2nd International Competition for young opera singers „Zinka Milanov“!

Selected candidates from 30 countries –Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Montenegro, Finland, France, India, Iran, Italy, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Canada, China, Latvia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, the USA, Slovenia, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and Croatia – will take part in the Competition from 27 June to 2 July 2016 on the stages of National Theatre in Rijeka. This year the jury is comprised of distinguished singers, vocal pedagogues, opera company directors and artist managers: Kms Olivera Miljaković, Katrin König, Mariano Horak, Alessandro Di Gloria, Carl Unander-Scharin, Kalle Kanttilla, Vlatka Oršanić.

Competition finale and concert with the Orchestra of Opera will take place on July 2, 2016 in the grand auditorium of Croatian National Theater in Rijeka (Opera House). The final concert will be conducted by maestro Tibor Bogányi, principal conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vlatka Oršanić (Competition Director) and Marin Blažević (Rijeka Opera Company Director) will decide on the special Rijeka Opera Award. The Rijeka Opera Award includes an engagement in opera production or concert in the seasons following the Competition (2016/17 or 2017/18).

Let us remind you that the third prize of the International Competition for Young Opera Singers “Zinka Milanov” in 2015 went to baritone Domen Križaj from Slovenia, the second to tenor Ibrahim Yesilay from Turkey and the winner was soprano Ana Petričević from Croatia, who also won the Audience Award. Domen Križaj was invited to perform in the role of Albert in our forthcoming production of Massenet`s Werther, and Ana Petričević is going to perform the role of Desdemona in Verdi`s Othello in the beginning of 2017. In addition, the Opera Company in Rijeka already engaged the winner of the second award, Ibrahim Yesialy, who performed tenor arias in Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion on 24 March 2016, under the baton of maestro Tibor Bogányi.

The Competition will be open to the audience, and tickets for the final concert are going to be on sale from 15 June 2016.

Safe journey and warm welcome to all the competitors!