THE BRITISH TENOR FREDDIE DE TOMMASO WINS THE 55TH TENOR VIÑAS INTERNATIONAL SINGING CONTEST
Second prize goes to the Spanish soprano Leonor Bonilla while the South Korean tenor Sehoon Moon earns third prize, along with the public prize
Barcelona, January 2018
The British tenor Freddie de Tommaso has earned the first prize of the 55th “Tenor Viñas” International Singing Contest, in the Final held yesterday in the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Second prize has been awarded to the soprano Leonor Bonilla, while third prize goes to Sehoon Moon, from South Korea. The rest of the official prizes have been awarded to the French soprano Anaïs Constans (fourth prize), the South Korean counter-tenor Jungkwon Jang (fifth prize) and the baritone Andrew Manea from the United States (sixth prize).
The final concert
The contest will conclude tomorrow, Sunday, 21 January, with the Final Concert, at 18:00 CET, where the winners will sing different pieces accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Liceu, directed by Sergio Alapont and presented by Marcel Gorgori. The first part of the concert will be given by the official prizewinners Anaïs Constans (fourth prize), Jungkwon Jang (fifth prize) and Andrew Manea (sixth prize), accompanied by the special prizewinners Inés Ballesteros, Barcelona native Serena Sáenz and Tommaso Barea. The second part will feature the three winners and include pieces such as “O luce di quest’anima” (Linda di Chamounix, by Donizetti), “Me llaman la primorosa” (El barbero de Sevilla, by Giménez) sung by Leonor Bonilla, “A te o cara” (I Puritani, by Bellini), “Che gelida manina” (La bohème, by Puccini) sung by Sehoon Moon, and “È il sol dell’anima” (Rigoletto, de Verdi) performed by both prizewinners. To cap it all off, the winner of the 55th Contest, Freddie de Tommaso will sing “È la solita storia del pastore” (L’Arlesiana, by Cilea) and “Salut, tombeau!” (Roméo et Juliette, by Gounod).
This year up to €108,000 has been awarded divided into €72,000 for the official prizes, €16,000 for the special prizes and €20,000 for the extraordinary prizes. Seven prizes have also been awarded as contracts, 1 within the special prizes category and 6 within the extraordinary prizes. Finally, 14 scholarships have also been awarded.