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Guide to the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition


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.

In April the competition announced the Deutsche Oper Berlin Special Award, which offers a role in a production by the company, as well as the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme Special Award, which gives the winner five coaching sessions along with an audition for the JPYAP.

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Deadline10 Apr 2018
Finals23 - 28 Sep 2018
WhereIstanbul, Turkey

Leyla Gencer Voice Competition - Semi Final

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Contestants of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, Voice

Leyla Gencer Voice Competition - Final

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Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Contestants of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition
Past laureates: where are they now?