Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 13 April 2021

Italian baritone Leo Nucci to chair VIII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus

Italian baritone Leo Nucci to chair VIII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus

• The Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the Fundación Internacional Alfredo Kraus are calling for applications for the eighth singing competition, to be held in the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from 20 to 25 September
• Alfredo Kraus and Leo Nucci shared the stage at theatres including Vienna’s Staatsoper, Regio de Parma, Liceo de Barcelona and Milan’s La Scala
• The preliminary rounds will be held at Teatro Nacional de La Zarzuela, Madrid, and Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, in May; Teatro de São Carlos, Lisbon, in June; and at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in September

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the Fundación Internacional Alfredo Kraus (FIAK) are inviting applications for the VIII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus (VIII CICAK), to be held at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from 20 to 25 September 2021.

The event is the third in this second phase of the competition, said the President of the Cabildo, Antonio Morales, accompanied by the Chair of the Foundation, Rosa Kraus Ley, during their joint presentation with the Councillor for Culture, Guacimara Medina, Councillor for Finance, Pedro Justo Brito, and Councillor for the Presidency, Teodoro Sosa.
Due to conditions during the health pandemic, the organisers will maintain strict controls to ensure the Covid measures in force are followed at all times, as they look forward to the challenge of holding such an important event for the cultural promotion of Gran Canaria and discovering new opera talent.

Internationally renowned jury

The jury of the VIII CICAK will be chaired by Italian baritone Leo Nucci, an outstanding figure in international opera. As a colleague, friend and admirer of Kraus, whose art, technical and musical intelligence and ethics he highlighted, Leo Nucci has agreed to chair the jury, a role he rarely performs.

Nucci has enjoyed a brilliant career, performing at leading theatres and concert halls and making recordings that have become part of history, although his artistry has allowed him to remain active. In recent years he has taken up the challenge of training new generations of singers.

Alfredo Kraus and Leo Nucci shared the stage at theatres including Vienna’sStaatsoper, Regio de Parma, Liceo de Barcelona and Milan’s La Scala. In 1977, Nucci appeared at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Lucia di Lammermoor, returning to the island for L’Elisir d’amore (1978) and Rigoletto (2017), his most recent visit before accepting his role in this year’s competition.
Representatives from the collaborating theatres will participate as jury members: Daniel Bianco, Director, Teatro Nacional de La Zarzuela (Madrid); Anton Gradsack, Casting Manager, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence); and Elisabete Matos, Artistic Director, Teatro de São Carlos (Lisbon). They’ll be joined by Alessandro Galoppini, Casting Manager, Teatro alla Scala (Milan); Celestino Varela, General and Artistic Manager, Ópera de Oviedo; Ulises Jaén, General and Artistic Manager, Ópera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria / ACO; and two honorary members, Guillermo García-Alcalde and Jerónimo Saavedra Acevedo.
As in the last two events, the competition will be chaired by Rosa Kraus Ley, Chair of the FIAK and the CICAK, with Mario Pontiggia, Artistic Director of the FIAK and the CICAK, as Artistic Director and Secretary.

Applications and venues for the competition rounds

The VIII CICAK is open to singers of all nationalities aged 18 to 32 for soprano, countertenor and tenor voices, and 18 to 35 for mezzo-soprano, contralto, baritone, bass-baritone and bass voices.

Singers who’d like to take part can apply using the digital application form available to download from the competition website (www.cicakraus.es). The closing dates for applications are: 15 May (Madrid), 19 May (Florence), 5 June (Lisbon) and 28 June (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).

The preliminary rounds will be held at the Teatro Nacional de La Zarzuela, Madrid (26 and 27 May)Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence (30 and 31 May)Teatro de São Carlos, Lisbon (16 and 17 June) and Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (17 and 18 September). Applicants will be judged by a tribunal comprising the Chair and the Artistic Director of the FIAK and the CICAK and representatives of the collaborating institutions hosting each round.

The semi-final (20 and 21 September) and final rounds (25 September) will take place at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, the emblematic building opened by Alfredo Kraus in 1997. In these rounds, contestants will be judged by the jury. The final round, where the prize giving will take place, will be held as a public performance with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria, the official accompanist since the first competition, in 1990, conducted on this occasion by maestro Oliver Díaz.

Prizes

Contestants in the VIII CICAK will be eligible for very attractive prizes. The three Official Prizes, of 14,000, 12,000 and 10,000 euros, plus a medal and diploma, and the Audience Prizeof 2,500 euros and a diploma, are part of the considerable funding from the esteemed patronage of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.

In addition, two Special Prizes are available: the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Hall prize, of 3,000 euros and a diploma, for the best singer of Spanish nationality, and theFundación Martín Chirino de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria prize of 2,500 euros and a medal and diploma for the best Canary Islands singer. The finalists will have the opportunity to be invited to auditions and/or productions, concerts or recitals by the members of the Jury and the theatres they represent.

Faithful to the original idea of Alfredo Kraus in 1989, the purpose of the competition is to support young opera singers and enable them to access employment internationally. These were the aims of the Gran Canarian tenor when he inaugurated the competition in 1990 and continued to hold it until 1999, the year of his death.

Keeping to these principles, Rosa Kraus Ley, daughter of Alfredo Kraus and Chair of the Foundation that upholds his artistic legacy, and Antonio Morales Méndez, President of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, decided to revive the competition in 2017, 18 years after the closure of the first phase.

The precepts of the competition have remained unaltered: participation of young singers from Spain and abroad, judged by an artistically qualified jury, at an event held in the capital city of Gran Canaria, the tenor’s birthplace. In bringing this ambitious project to fruition, the esteemed patronage of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria was fundamental. The event has also been made possible by Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Hall, the Fundación Canaria Auditorio y Teatro de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, and the Spanish and European theatres that have collaborated with the competition over the years.

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Momento de la rueda de prensa.

Momento de la rueda de prensa.

Momento de la rueda de prensa.

Momento de la rueda de prensa.

Momento de la rueda de prensa.

Momento de la rueda de prensa.

Momento de la rueda de prensa.

Momento de la rueda de prensa.