Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 20 June 2017

Seven singers pass the preliminary round of singing competition VI Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus in Madrid

Seven singers pass the preliminary round of singing competition VI Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus in Madrid

• The contestants chosen by the judging panel are sopranosBerna Perles, Blanca Valido, María del Alba Moreno Chantar and Anna Niebla Guarinos from Spain and Olena Sloia from Ukraine, and mezzo-sopranos Olga Syniakova from Ukraine and Elizabeth Gillming from France.
•The next stage of the singing competition will be held at the Opera of Florence on 5 and 6 July and applications are open until 1 July.

Fundación Internacional Alfredo Kraus and Gran Canaria Island Council have announced the first seven candidates chosen for the semi-final round of the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus, to be held at Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 25 and 26 September. The singers who passed the preliminary round held on 15 and 16 June at the Madrid School of Singing will be joined in the semi-final round by successful applicants taking part in Florence and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The seven contestants chosen by the judging panel are sopranos Berna Perles, Blanca Valido, María del Alba Moreno Chantar and Anna Niebla Guarinos from Spain and Olena Sloia from Ukraine, and mezzo-sopranos Olga Syniakova from Ukraine and Elizabeth Gillming from France. They will all take part in the semi-final round on 25 and 26 September in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The first preliminary round of the VI CICAK 2017 Singing Competition was held in the theatre of the Madrid School of Singing on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 June. Sixteen applicants from five countries took part.

The judging panel comprised the Chair of the Fundación Internacional Alfredo Kraus and the VI CICAK, Rosa Kraus Ley; the artistic director of the Singing Competition and the Foundation, Mario Pontiggia; the director of the Madrid School of Singing, Julio Alexis Muñoz, and the School’s deputy director, Sara Matarranz. After hearing the applicants and casting votes from two to nine points, the judges considered those with a score of seven or more eligible to enter the semi-final round in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The next stage of the competition will be held at the Opera of Florence on 5 and 6 July. Applications have been received from singers in Italy, Germany, France, the United States, China, North Korea, Japan and the Dominican Republic. Applications for the rounds in Florence and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria can be made at this website and close on July 1.