2012 Edition

You were invited to participate in a first presentation of a new concept:  A Concert-competition, with the Orchestre Lamoureux, conducted by Philippe Hui, at the Salle Gaveau on the 13th January 2012 at 19.30.
This first Concert-competition was organised in partnership with Radio Classique.
What is a Concert-competition?  Firstly, it is a concert bringing together 9 top-class Opera singers, selected by our Artistic Committee.  All are finalists in one of the great international competitions.  We insist that this event is considered firstly as a concert in order to put the singers in the best possible conditions for their art.  The idea of a “competition” will add an important tension.  In fact, a prestigious Jury will award the prize of the “Paris Opera Competition” and will propose possible engagements in the Theatres they direct. The “public prize” awarded by the audience will add to the enthusiasm and tension.

Panel of Judges

Jean-Luc Choplin, General Director of the Theatre du Châtelet
Raymond Duffaut, General Director of the Chorégies d’Oranges
Chantal Fournier, General Director of the Salle Gaveau
Robert Koerner, Director of the Artistic production at the Opéra de Lyon
Sophie de Lint, Director of the Artistic Administration at the ‘Opéra de Zurich
Richard Martet, Chief Editor of  “Opéra Magazine”
Christoph Seuferle, General Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Pierre Vernes, President of Paris Opera Competition      


First Prize and Prize of the Public                 Olesya  Petrova, mezzo-soprano, Russia
                                                                           Adieu forêts ...(Jeanne)  The Maid of Orléans Tchaikovsky
                                                                           Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix (Dalila) Samson et Dalila  Saint Saëns 
Second Prize                                                   Valentina Nafornita, soprano, Moldavia
                                                                          Quel guardo! so anch'io la virtù (Norina) Don Pasquale Donizetti
                                                                          Dieu quel frisson (Juliette) Roméo et Juliette  Gounod
Internet Prize Radio Classique                     Avi Klemberg, Tenor, France
                                                                         L'amour ... Ah, lève toi soleil! (Romeo) Romeo et Juliette  Gounod
                                                                         Che gelida manina (Rodolfo) La Bohème  Puccini