Auditions are over
15.06.2017

Private Auditions took place in Brussels, Moscow and New York, where the most outstanding 16 artists (pianists, violinists and cellists) were listend by the Artistic Committee of the Chigiana Academy.

Premio Chigiana is delighted to announce the two artists selected for the Final in Siena - pianist Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev and cellist Ella van Poucke. 

 

 

Final challenge in Siena
6.07.2017

Tomorrow, 7 July, the final challenge will take place at the Teatro dei Rinnovati at 21.00. 
We are looking forward to listen to the incredible young artists selected to be the receipients of the silver and the golden stars of Premio Chigiana. Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev and Ella van Poucke will be accompanied by the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana conducted by M° Jonathan Stockhammer. 

The programme of the evening:

S.PROKOFIEV
Cello Sonata Op.119 

S.RACHMANINOV
6 Moments musicaux Op.16
____________________________

R.SCHUMANN
Cello Concerto Op.129 

E.GRIEG
Piano Concerto Op.16
____________________________

S.PROKOFIEV
Symphony No.1 Op.25 

The event is organised in collaboration with the Rotary Club Siena Est - 2071 District.

Ella van Poucke is the Golden Star!
8.07.2017

Ella van Poucke is the Golden Star of Premio Chigiana 2017. 

Yesterday, after performing the Prokofiev Sonata and the Schumann concerto Ella van Poucke was awarded the Golden Star by the distinguished jury: Boris Belkin, Marco Riaskoff, Nicola Sani, Alexander Romanovsky, Pierangelo Conte, Fedra Florit, Marcello Clarich, Paolo Petrocelli, 

Premio Chigiana 2018
20.09.2017

The new rules of Premio Chigiana 2018 will be online on the 1st of November 2017.

Auditions deadline is postponed
31.01.2018

The deadline of the auditions was postponed. If you are a young singer and want to take part in the auditions held in Moscow, you have time to apply up until 12 April 2018. 

Six singers were admitted to the Final Challenge
8.05.2018
The Artistic Committee of Premio Chigiana has extended the list of the candidates admitted to the Final Challenge in Siena.
We are happy to announce the six artists who will sing at Teatro dei Rinnovati on the 6th of July 2018 accompanied by the Orchestra della Toscana conducted by M° Daniele Rustioni. 

• Evgeniia Asanova, Russia
• Badral Chuluunbaatar, Mongolia
• ByeongMin Gil, Korea 
• Eric Jurenas, USA
• Benedetta Torre, Italy
• Azer Zada, Azerbaijan
Winners of the PREMIO CHIGIANA 2018
9.07.2018

 

The Accademia Chigiana proclaims the winner of the

PREMIO CHIGIANA 2018

Golden Star: Badral Chuluunbaatar (baritone)

Silver Star: Benedetta Torri (soprano)

 

The winners of the 2018 Premio Chigiana were announced on 6th July 2018 at the Teatro dei Rinnovati in Siena.

 

The winner of the Golden Star is the 29 years-old Mongolian baritone Badral Chuluunbataar, for the interpretation of Gérard’s Aria, Nemico della patria from Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chenier (1896), Quadro III and Rigoletto’s “Invettiva”, Cortigiani vil razza dannata from 2nd Act of Verdi’s Rigoletto (1851). Chulunnbataar received a 12,000 euros prize check together with his golden plaque from the President of the Accademia Chigiana Carlo Rossi, and stated he was willing both to continue studying and performing, to settle among the new generation of international opera singers, working in the best theatres in the work. He will now leave Siena to Macerata, to intepret the role of Giorgio Germont in Traviata, at the Sferisterio, between the end of July and the first decade of August.

The Silver Star was awarded to Italian soprano Benedetta Torre, due to her interpretation of Mimì’s Aria, Donde lieta, from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème (1895), Quadro III and Medora's Aria, Non so le tetre immagini from Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Corsaro (1848), Act I. La Torre has also received Daniela Dessì’s grant directly from the hands of her beloved Fabio Armiliato.

Our decision to award  Badral Chuluunbaatar relies on his vocal qualities, his perfect fluency in Italian pronounciation and his technical and musical maturity“ states Fabio Armiliato, President of the jury composed by soprano Olga Peretyatko, Nicholas Payne, President of Opera Europa, Pierangelo Conte, Artistic Coordinator of the Opera Theater of Florence - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Luisa Vinci, General Director of the Teatro alla Scala Academy, Paolo Frassinelli, Foreign relations Advisor of the ORT - Orchestra della Toscana, the pianist Alexander Romanovsky, Paolo Petrocelli, Artistic Advisor of the Muscat Opera - Oman and Nicola Sani, Artistic director of the Chigiana Academy.

"This splendid edition of the Chigiana Prize demonstrates that the great musical tradition is today at the center of the young generations of musicians’ mind, says Nicola Sani. The Accademia Chigiana confirms itself as a reference institution at an international level, for the training and career start-up of young musical talents from all over the world. This year's event is even more meaningful to all of us, since it has received the President of the Republic’s Medal”.

In addition to the Golden Star and the Silver Star, theatrical engagement were assigned to selected participants: the first, in the 2020-2021 season of the National Theater of Novi Sad (Serbia) was delivered by its chief Conductor Gianluca Marcianò to the tenor Azer Zada, for the interpretation of José’s Aria in Bizet's Carmen (1875), Act I. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée and MacDuff's Aria from Act IV, Scene I of Macbeth, by Giuseppe Verdi (1847).

Korean bass Byeong Min Gil also receives an engagement in the same season for the interpretation Don Basilio’s Aria, from the Act I de Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), La calunnia and Aleko’s Cavatina (Ves' tabor spit), from Aleko by Sergei Rachmaninov (1893, first performance).

Pierangelo Conte also mentionend that another prize and engagement will soon be provided by Teatro dell’Opera Firenze – Maggio musicale fiorentino. Last but not least, mezzo-soprano Evgenjia Asanova received a special mention from Olga Peretyatko, being the yougest and most promising finalist involved in the contest.

This final has crowned a long process of candidates’ selection, realised through auditions in New York, Moscow, Florence, Rome and Seoul in collaboration with New York City Opera, the International Performing Art Center in Moscow, SPACE CRIO Art Center Seoul, Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome.

On the stage, the ORT - Orchestra della Toscana directed by Daniele Rustioni, ex-student of the Chigiana and today representative of the new generation of Italian conductors in full ascent accompanied the soloists in the final, in a selection of opera arias which was their test bench, preceded in opening by the Gioverino Rossini Overture by Semiramide and followed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Italian Symphony.

 

Nicoletta Tassan Solet

media relations

nicoletta.tassan@gmail.com

Cell: + 39 348 64 18 066

 

THE FINALISTS

Badral Chuluunbaatar (baritone / Mongolia, born in 1989). From 2014, he is appointed "Principal singer" of the Military Song and Dance Ensemble of Mongolia as well as Soloist of the Opera and Ballet Theater of Magnitogorsk. He studied with Anatoly Gusev at the Gaetano Donizetti Academy and with Natalia Dmitrieva at the Russian Academy of Music Gnessin. USSR People's Artist in 2013, in 2016 he wins the Opera Singing International Competition Rimsky Korsakov in Saint Petersburg (Russia) and, in October 2017, he is awarded the Jury Prize of the Opera of Linz Competition (Austria). He has already made his debut in the roles of Rodrigo, in Don Carlos and Macbeth, in Macbeth, as well as in Roberto’s, in Iolanta and in Eletsky’s in Čaijkovskij’s Queen of Spades.

Eric Jurenas (countertenor / USA) specialized at the Juilliard School in New York City, after graduating from the College of Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. Winner of the Renata Tebaldi Prize and several important international competitions dedicated to the ancient repertoire (Corneille’s, Cesti’s, Händel’s prizes) he is currently studying with Robert White Jr., William McGraw and George Gibson. He has already performed in venues such as the Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Theater an der Wien.

Benedetta Torre (soprano, Italy), 24 years-old, from the year of her debut at the 52nd edition of the "Voci Verdiane" of Busseto (2014), has already debuted in the role of Luisa, in Luisa Miller at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, directed and with the participation of Leo Nucci and conducted by Andrea Battistoni, in Mimì (Mazzavillani Muti / Paszcowski), in Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, and in the role of a Priestess in Aida at the Salzburg Festival in 2017, conducted by Riccardo Muti. In fall 2018 she will debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Graham Vick, at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.

Evgenja Asanova (mezzo-soprano, Russia) currently studies at the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatory. A soloist of the Rostov State Philharmonic since 2014, she has been admitted to the Young Artist Program of the Bolshoi Theater, making her debut in the part of Fyodor in Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky. She made her debut in the part of Olga, in Evgeni Onegin and Laura, in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, in Garcias in the concert version of Massenet's Don Quichotte, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, at the Wien Musikverein and at the Capitole de Toulouse. In June 2017, she participated in the tour of the Bolshoi Theater at the International Festival of Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence and at the Savonlinnan Oopperajuhlat, where she played the part of Olga. She took part to the Young Artists Program at the "Vocal" Brucknerhaus Festival in Linz, Austria.

ByeongMin Gil (bass, Korea), born in 1994, has recently graduated from the Seoul National University College of Music. In 2017 he won the first prize of the Vienna Edelmann International Competition in Vienna, the Monte Carlo Voice Master in Montecarlo and the Altamura Caruso International Competition in New York. His ductile vocal cords fits perfectly both with Figaro and Leporello’ roles, in Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, and in Rossini’s Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Assur (Semiramide), and in Verdi's bass part suche as in Ernani (Silva), Vespri Siciliani (Procida) and Attila (Attila).

Azer Zada ​​(tenor, Azerbaijian) started studying lyrical singing in his country and continued his studies in Italy, perfecting himself at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala with Renato Bruson and Luciana D'Intino. Here, he had the opportunity to make his debut in Aida, Turandot, I Due Foscari, Rigoletto and Don Carlo. He has worked with Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-whun Chung and Marco Armiliato. In 2017 he won the Voci Verdiane competition. In 2016, he made his debut in Macduff (Macbeth) at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno under the baton of Daniel Oren and performed the Requiem of Verdi with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano laVerdi, conducted by Jader Bignamini. This year he made his debut at the Teatro La Fenice in the part of Rodolfo (La Bohème) and in Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). Currently singinn in the role of Don José (Carmen) in Cagliari, he will debut in fall in the role of Alfredo (La Traviata) at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari.

 

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Aged 34, Daniele Rustioni is one of the most interesting conductors of his generation, having received the award as "Best newcomer of the Year" at the International Opera Awards (the Oscars of the Opera) already in 2013.

In 2014 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the ORT and reconfirmed until 2020, after having served as principal guest conductor at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg and as music director at the Petruzzelli in Bari.

Since 2016 he is the Principal Conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon.

He made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 2010, where he returned for La bohème (2012) the new production of Un ballo in maschera as part of the bicentennial celebrations for Verdi and for a replay of Il trovatore in February 2014. In March 2011 he had already debuted in Aida at the Royal Opera House, where he returned with a very successful production of L'Elisir d'amore. In the UK he was a guest of the Welsh National Opera for a new production of Così fan tutte and two belcanto operas by Donizetti, Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux, greeted by a resounding music critic success. He debuted in the United States at the Glimmerglass Festival with a new production of Cherubini's Medea; he then returned in the US for his debut at the Washington National Opera in 2013 with Norma and for a tour with the Accademia della Scala Orchestra in December of the same year. Beyond the operatic repertoire, Rustioni has an intense symphonic activity: besides the collaboration with the ORT, he has already conducted the most prestigious Italian symphonic orchestras and in the world.

He studied in Milan, where he graduated in organ, composition and piano (with Gilberto Serembe). He studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also participated in master classes with Gianandrea Noseda, and was Antonio Pappano's assistant at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. In September 2016, his CD dedicated to Giorgio Federico Ghedini was released for Sony Classical and recorded with the ORT, followed by another two dedicated to Petrassi and Casella, to be released in 2018.

 

The Orchestra della Toscana was founded in Florence in 1980 on the initiative of Regione Toscana and the Province and the Town of Florence. In 1983, during the artistic direction of Luciano Berio, the orchestra became an ICO. Featuring 44 musicians, which are also subdivided into agile chamber formations, the Orchestra realizes rehearsals and concerts, then distributed throughout Tuscany, in the historic Teatro Verdi, located in the center of Florence. The Florentine performances are broadcast by Radiorai Tre and Rete Toscana Classica.

 

 

 

 

 

The "PREMIO CHIGIANA 2018 " has been awarded the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic
19.07.2018

 

A few hours before the beginning of the Gala evening, the Premio Chigiana 2018 has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of distinction from the Italian Head of State Sergio Mattarella. 

 

The Medal is attributed by the President of the Italian Republic to initiatives of particular cultural, scientific, artistic, sporting and social interest.

 

 

Rules
Category for the 2018 auditions

VOICE

General information

The Academy accepts applications from singers of all nationalities who are meeting the entry conditions and are willing to be considered for the auditions. The Academy will also consult universally recognized musicians and distinguished musical institutions which will have the possibility to nominate candidates for "Premio Chigiana". 

Prizes

Golden Star — 12.000 euro

Silver Star — 8.000 euro

Two or more Fellowships consisting in engagements, scholarships and mentoring

To apply
  • Candidates must be born after 7 July 1989.

  • The applicant should send a presentation letter with an updated biography and reviews   Recommendation letters are welcomed (no more than two).

  • All candidates must have 5 opera arias prepared. Arias in at least two different languages would be appreciated.

  • Links to video-recordings of two opera arias of the applicant’s choice should be submitted. 

  • All the candidates for Premio Chigiana, both by nomination and those who applied themselves will be reviewed by the Artistic Committee of the Academy and 40 candidates will be shortlisted and invited for private auditions. 







Deadlines
  • Applications for the auditions in New York and Florence must be received by 9 February 2018, 00.00 CET Time. 
  • Applications for the auditions in Saint Petersburg and South Korea must be received by 31 March 2018, 00.00 CET Time. 
Private preliminary auditions

ONLY THE SELECTED CANDIDATES WILL BE INVITED TO THE LIVE PRELIMINARY AUDITION ON THE DATES AND LOCATIONS BELOW:

For the auditions, closed to the general public, each candidate will sing 2 arias out of the 5 arias prepared in front of the Artistic Committee which could be joined by distinguished musicians or managers. A third aria may be asked by the jury. All auditions are accompanied by piano. After the performance the candidate will be invited for a conversation with the Artistic Committee. At the end of the auditioning process the four Finalists for the Premio Chigiana will be selected. Finalists will be announced on 7 May 2018 (postponed to 8 May 2018).

Final challenge in Siena

The Final challenge will take place at the Teatro dei Rinnovati in Siena, on 6 July 2018 as the Opening Gala of the Chigiana International Festival. The Finalists will be accompanied by the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana. The four finalists will each choose together with the Artistic Committee of Premio Chigiana 3 arias to sing from the prepared arias. A most distinguished panel of judges conformed by renown musicians, conductors, established international Opera Casting Directors and General Managers from the world’s great opera houses will select the winners of Premio Chigiana 2018. 

 

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News
Auditions are over
15.06.2017

Private Auditions took place in Brussels, Moscow and New York, where the most outstanding 16 artists (pianists, violinists and cellists) were listend by the Artistic Committee of the Chigiana Academy.

Premio Chigiana is delighted to announce the two artists selected for the Final in Siena - pianist Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev and cellist Ella van Poucke. 

 

 

Final challenge in Siena
6.07.2017

Tomorrow, 7 July, the final challenge will take place at the Teatro dei Rinnovati at 21.00. 
We are looking forward to listen to the incredible young artists selected to be the receipients of the silver and the golden stars of Premio Chigiana. Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev and Ella van Poucke will be accompanied by the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana conducted by M° Jonathan Stockhammer. 

The programme of the evening:

S.PROKOFIEV
Cello Sonata Op.119 

S.RACHMANINOV
6 Moments musicaux Op.16
____________________________

R.SCHUMANN
Cello Concerto Op.129 

E.GRIEG
Piano Concerto Op.16
____________________________

S.PROKOFIEV
Symphony No.1 Op.25 

The event is organised in collaboration with the Rotary Club Siena Est - 2071 District.

Ella van Poucke is the Golden Star!
8.07.2017

Ella van Poucke is the Golden Star of Premio Chigiana 2017. 

Yesterday, after performing the Prokofiev Sonata and the Schumann concerto Ella van Poucke was awarded the Golden Star by the distinguished jury: Boris Belkin, Marco Riaskoff, Nicola Sani, Alexander Romanovsky, Pierangelo Conte, Fedra Florit, Marcello Clarich, Paolo Petrocelli, 

Premio Chigiana 2018
20.09.2017

The new rules of Premio Chigiana 2018 will be online on the 1st of November 2017.

Auditions deadline is postponed
31.01.2018

The deadline of the auditions was postponed. If you are a young singer and want to take part in the auditions held in Moscow, you have time to apply up until 12 April 2018. 

Six singers were admitted to the Final Challenge
8.05.2018
The Artistic Committee of Premio Chigiana has extended the list of the candidates admitted to the Final Challenge in Siena.
We are happy to announce the six artists who will sing at Teatro dei Rinnovati on the 6th of July 2018 accompanied by the Orchestra della Toscana conducted by M° Daniele Rustioni. 

• Evgeniia Asanova, Russia
• Badral Chuluunbaatar, Mongolia
• ByeongMin Gil, Korea 
• Eric Jurenas, USA
• Benedetta Torre, Italy
• Azer Zada, Azerbaijan
Winners of the PREMIO CHIGIANA 2018
9.07.2018

 

The Accademia Chigiana proclaims the winner of the

PREMIO CHIGIANA 2018

Golden Star: Badral Chuluunbaatar (baritone)

Silver Star: Benedetta Torri (soprano)

 

The winners of the 2018 Premio Chigiana were announced on 6th July 2018 at the Teatro dei Rinnovati in Siena.

 

The winner of the Golden Star is the 29 years-old Mongolian baritone Badral Chuluunbataar, for the interpretation of Gérard’s Aria, Nemico della patria from Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chenier (1896), Quadro III and Rigoletto’s “Invettiva”, Cortigiani vil razza dannata from 2nd Act of Verdi’s Rigoletto (1851). Chulunnbataar received a 12,000 euros prize check together with his golden plaque from the President of the Accademia Chigiana Carlo Rossi, and stated he was willing both to continue studying and performing, to settle among the new generation of international opera singers, working in the best theatres in the work. He will now leave Siena to Macerata, to intepret the role of Giorgio Germont in Traviata, at the Sferisterio, between the end of July and the first decade of August.

The Silver Star was awarded to Italian soprano Benedetta Torre, due to her interpretation of Mimì’s Aria, Donde lieta, from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème (1895), Quadro III and Medora's Aria, Non so le tetre immagini from Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Corsaro (1848), Act I. La Torre has also received Daniela Dessì’s grant directly from the hands of her beloved Fabio Armiliato.

Our decision to award  Badral Chuluunbaatar relies on his vocal qualities, his perfect fluency in Italian pronounciation and his technical and musical maturity“ states Fabio Armiliato, President of the jury composed by soprano Olga Peretyatko, Nicholas Payne, President of Opera Europa, Pierangelo Conte, Artistic Coordinator of the Opera Theater of Florence - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Luisa Vinci, General Director of the Teatro alla Scala Academy, Paolo Frassinelli, Foreign relations Advisor of the ORT - Orchestra della Toscana, the pianist Alexander Romanovsky, Paolo Petrocelli, Artistic Advisor of the Muscat Opera - Oman and Nicola Sani, Artistic director of the Chigiana Academy.

"This splendid edition of the Chigiana Prize demonstrates that the great musical tradition is today at the center of the young generations of musicians’ mind, says Nicola Sani. The Accademia Chigiana confirms itself as a reference institution at an international level, for the training and career start-up of young musical talents from all over the world. This year's event is even more meaningful to all of us, since it has received the President of the Republic’s Medal”.

In addition to the Golden Star and the Silver Star, theatrical engagement were assigned to selected participants: the first, in the 2020-2021 season of the National Theater of Novi Sad (Serbia) was delivered by its chief Conductor Gianluca Marcianò to the tenor Azer Zada, for the interpretation of José’s Aria in Bizet's Carmen (1875), Act I. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée and MacDuff's Aria from Act IV, Scene I of Macbeth, by Giuseppe Verdi (1847).

Korean bass Byeong Min Gil also receives an engagement in the same season for the interpretation Don Basilio’s Aria, from the Act I de Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), La calunnia and Aleko’s Cavatina (Ves' tabor spit), from Aleko by Sergei Rachmaninov (1893, first performance).

Pierangelo Conte also mentionend that another prize and engagement will soon be provided by Teatro dell’Opera Firenze – Maggio musicale fiorentino. Last but not least, mezzo-soprano Evgenjia Asanova received a special mention from Olga Peretyatko, being the yougest and most promising finalist involved in the contest.

This final has crowned a long process of candidates’ selection, realised through auditions in New York, Moscow, Florence, Rome and Seoul in collaboration with New York City Opera, the International Performing Art Center in Moscow, SPACE CRIO Art Center Seoul, Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome.

On the stage, the ORT - Orchestra della Toscana directed by Daniele Rustioni, ex-student of the Chigiana and today representative of the new generation of Italian conductors in full ascent accompanied the soloists in the final, in a selection of opera arias which was their test bench, preceded in opening by the Gioverino Rossini Overture by Semiramide and followed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Italian Symphony.

 

Nicoletta Tassan Solet

media relations

nicoletta.tassan@gmail.com

Cell: + 39 348 64 18 066

 

THE FINALISTS

Badral Chuluunbaatar (baritone / Mongolia, born in 1989). From 2014, he is appointed "Principal singer" of the Military Song and Dance Ensemble of Mongolia as well as Soloist of the Opera and Ballet Theater of Magnitogorsk. He studied with Anatoly Gusev at the Gaetano Donizetti Academy and with Natalia Dmitrieva at the Russian Academy of Music Gnessin. USSR People's Artist in 2013, in 2016 he wins the Opera Singing International Competition Rimsky Korsakov in Saint Petersburg (Russia) and, in October 2017, he is awarded the Jury Prize of the Opera of Linz Competition (Austria). He has already made his debut in the roles of Rodrigo, in Don Carlos and Macbeth, in Macbeth, as well as in Roberto’s, in Iolanta and in Eletsky’s in Čaijkovskij’s Queen of Spades.

Eric Jurenas (countertenor / USA) specialized at the Juilliard School in New York City, after graduating from the College of Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. Winner of the Renata Tebaldi Prize and several important international competitions dedicated to the ancient repertoire (Corneille’s, Cesti’s, Händel’s prizes) he is currently studying with Robert White Jr., William McGraw and George Gibson. He has already performed in venues such as the Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Theater an der Wien.

Benedetta Torre (soprano, Italy), 24 years-old, from the year of her debut at the 52nd edition of the "Voci Verdiane" of Busseto (2014), has already debuted in the role of Luisa, in Luisa Miller at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, directed and with the participation of Leo Nucci and conducted by Andrea Battistoni, in Mimì (Mazzavillani Muti / Paszcowski), in Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, and in the role of a Priestess in Aida at the Salzburg Festival in 2017, conducted by Riccardo Muti. In fall 2018 she will debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Graham Vick, at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.

Evgenja Asanova (mezzo-soprano, Russia) currently studies at the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatory. A soloist of the Rostov State Philharmonic since 2014, she has been admitted to the Young Artist Program of the Bolshoi Theater, making her debut in the part of Fyodor in Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky. She made her debut in the part of Olga, in Evgeni Onegin and Laura, in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, in Garcias in the concert version of Massenet's Don Quichotte, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, at the Wien Musikverein and at the Capitole de Toulouse. In June 2017, she participated in the tour of the Bolshoi Theater at the International Festival of Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence and at the Savonlinnan Oopperajuhlat, where she played the part of Olga. She took part to the Young Artists Program at the "Vocal" Brucknerhaus Festival in Linz, Austria.

ByeongMin Gil (bass, Korea), born in 1994, has recently graduated from the Seoul National University College of Music. In 2017 he won the first prize of the Vienna Edelmann International Competition in Vienna, the Monte Carlo Voice Master in Montecarlo and the Altamura Caruso International Competition in New York. His ductile vocal cords fits perfectly both with Figaro and Leporello’ roles, in Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, and in Rossini’s Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Assur (Semiramide), and in Verdi's bass part suche as in Ernani (Silva), Vespri Siciliani (Procida) and Attila (Attila).

Azer Zada ​​(tenor, Azerbaijian) started studying lyrical singing in his country and continued his studies in Italy, perfecting himself at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala with Renato Bruson and Luciana D'Intino. Here, he had the opportunity to make his debut in Aida, Turandot, I Due Foscari, Rigoletto and Don Carlo. He has worked with Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-whun Chung and Marco Armiliato. In 2017 he won the Voci Verdiane competition. In 2016, he made his debut in Macduff (Macbeth) at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno under the baton of Daniel Oren and performed the Requiem of Verdi with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano laVerdi, conducted by Jader Bignamini. This year he made his debut at the Teatro La Fenice in the part of Rodolfo (La Bohème) and in Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). Currently singinn in the role of Don José (Carmen) in Cagliari, he will debut in fall in the role of Alfredo (La Traviata) at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari.

 

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Aged 34, Daniele Rustioni is one of the most interesting conductors of his generation, having received the award as "Best newcomer of the Year" at the International Opera Awards (the Oscars of the Opera) already in 2013.

In 2014 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the ORT and reconfirmed until 2020, after having served as principal guest conductor at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg and as music director at the Petruzzelli in Bari.

Since 2016 he is the Principal Conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon.

He made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 2010, where he returned for La bohème (2012) the new production of Un ballo in maschera as part of the bicentennial celebrations for Verdi and for a replay of Il trovatore in February 2014. In March 2011 he had already debuted in Aida at the Royal Opera House, where he returned with a very successful production of L'Elisir d'amore. In the UK he was a guest of the Welsh National Opera for a new production of Così fan tutte and two belcanto operas by Donizetti, Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux, greeted by a resounding music critic success. He debuted in the United States at the Glimmerglass Festival with a new production of Cherubini's Medea; he then returned in the US for his debut at the Washington National Opera in 2013 with Norma and for a tour with the Accademia della Scala Orchestra in December of the same year. Beyond the operatic repertoire, Rustioni has an intense symphonic activity: besides the collaboration with the ORT, he has already conducted the most prestigious Italian symphonic orchestras and in the world.

He studied in Milan, where he graduated in organ, composition and piano (with Gilberto Serembe). He studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also participated in master classes with Gianandrea Noseda, and was Antonio Pappano's assistant at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. In September 2016, his CD dedicated to Giorgio Federico Ghedini was released for Sony Classical and recorded with the ORT, followed by another two dedicated to Petrassi and Casella, to be released in 2018.

 

The Orchestra della Toscana was founded in Florence in 1980 on the initiative of Regione Toscana and the Province and the Town of Florence. In 1983, during the artistic direction of Luciano Berio, the orchestra became an ICO. Featuring 44 musicians, which are also subdivided into agile chamber formations, the Orchestra realizes rehearsals and concerts, then distributed throughout Tuscany, in the historic Teatro Verdi, located in the center of Florence. The Florentine performances are broadcast by Radiorai Tre and Rete Toscana Classica.

 

 

 

 

 

The "PREMIO CHIGIANA 2018 " has been awarded the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic
19.07.2018

 

A few hours before the beginning of the Gala evening, the Premio Chigiana 2018 has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of distinction from the Italian Head of State Sergio Mattarella. 

 

The Medal is attributed by the President of the Italian Republic to initiatives of particular cultural, scientific, artistic, sporting and social interest.

 

 

About Us
Artistic Committee
Fabio Armiliato
Tenor
Olga Peretyatko
Soprano
Nicholas Payne
Opera - Europa
Pierangelo Conte
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Luisa Vinci
Accademia Teatro alla Scala
Giorgio Battistelli
Orchestra della Toscana
Nicola Sani
Accademia Chigiana
Alexander Romanovsky
Accademia Chigiana
Paolo Petrocelli
Accademia Chigiana
Board members
Carlo Rossi
President Accademia Chigiana
Angelo Armiento
Administrative Director Accademia Chigiana
Tatiana Romanovska
Management team
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Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana

 

Via di Città 89, Siena 53100 (Italia)

e-mail premio@chigiana.it

 

Tatiana Romanovska: +41 78 9501340

Cesare Mancini: +39 0577 220930

Maria Laura Deponte:  +39 338 5900079; +39 0577 220901

 

Accademia Chigiana Web Site: www.chigiana.it

 

 

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