Leyla Gencer Voice Competition

interview with a laureate

In at the deep end: Anita Rachvelishvili

Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili reflects on her big break at La Scala and talks about the new Verdi roles she's been adding to her repertoire. 

The Leyla Gencer Voice Competition is dedicated to the estimable memory of “La Diva Turca” Leyla Gencer and it was held under her patronage until she passed away in 2008. The triennial competition is organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), Borusan Sanat, and Accademia Teatro alla Scala. 40 contestants chosen in the preliminary auditions come to Istanbul in September for the final series.

The competition distinguishes for its international jury, which includes some of the most influential figures from different fields in the profession, as much as for its previous winners, who have subsequently launched on truly international careers. The competition's previous winners such as the South African soprano Pretty Yende, Georgian sopranos Nino Machaidze and Anita Rachvelishvili, Argentinean tenor Marcello Alvarez and Yugoslavian baritone Nikola Mijailovic are now counted amongst the brightest stars of the opera world. The Leyla Gencer Voice Competition is honoured to have Renato Bruson to preside the jury in its IXth edition.

Dates and times for the competition's preliminary events, which are not open to the public, are as follows:

26-27 April 2018, 11:00
Live Preliminary Auditions in Milan
5-6 May 2018, 11:00
Live Preliminary Auditions in Istanbul
24-25 September 2018, 11:00-17:00
Quarter Finals in Istanbul

Leyla Gencer Voice Competition - Semi Final

Contestants of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, Voice

Leyla Gencer Voice Competition - Final

Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Contestants of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition

For further information, please visit the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition website.

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