Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1 July 2021

Applications from 124 singers from 28 countries received for VIII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus

Applications from 124 singers from 28 countries received for VIII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus

• After the preliminary rounds in Madrid, Florence and Lisbon, another 31 applicants will take part in the preliminary round in September in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The VIII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus (CICAK) received 124 applications from singers from 28 countries by the deadline on 28 June. The number of applicants has considerably surpassed the figure for all previous years of this competition, organised by the Fundación Internacional Alfredo Kraus and sponsored by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.

Replies to the international call for applications made by the organisers of the VIII CICAK were received from 44 sopranos, 18 mezzo-sopranos, one countertenor, 26 tenors, 22 baritones, eight bass baritones and five basses, aged 23 to 35.

The 124 applicants were from 28 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, The Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.

At the preliminary rounds in Madrid, Florence and Lisbon, held from 26 May to 17 June, 62 applicants auditioned and 32 were selected by the tribunal. These will be followed by the preliminary round in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on 17 and 18 September, where another 31 candidates will audition.

The next stage will be the semi-final round, where singers will perform before the jury chaired by Italian baritone Leo Nucci. The successful applicants will be joined by the 32 contestants selected in Madrid, Florence and Lisbon, and the group of 31 contestants who entered the semi-final directly after finishing as finalists or winners in other international singing competitions, under the rules of the VIII CICAK.

The response to the call for applications for the VIII CICAK has exceeded the organisers’ expectations, bearing in mind the difficulties caused by the pandemic and the strict compliance with health regulations in Spain, Italy and Portugal.

El VIII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus recibe solicitudes de 124 cantantes de 28 países

El VIII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus recibe solicitudes de 124 cantantes de 28 países