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Interview with Mezzosoprano Florentina Soare, Winner of the 'Hariclea Darclée' Grand Prix, the 2017 Edition
Until this hour, only the mezzosoprano Florentina Soare has responded to our request, giving us some of her impressions:
Florentina Soare, congratulations for the "Hariclea Darclée" Grand Prix! How do you feel and what does this triumph mean to you?
It is hard to say ... It is my greatest achievement at this moment, the most beautiful dream that could have happened to me, which I honestly did not expect.
What were the most difficult moments in the competition?
Last night; the awards night. The waiting was unbearable, if I can say so. I had not hoped to get there and I did not think I was currently fit to this prize; as last night's gala was also a competition night, the level was very high and I had to present myself at the highest professional level.
What was the level of competition?
It was a very high level; and until this year it has never been this high, as Mrs. Nicolesco said. All the contestants were very, very well prepared, some gorgeous voices, and I suppose that it was too hard for the jury to choose.
Winning this competition surely offers you more opportunities to opera theatres. What future projects do you have?
You are correct. I was already offered many opportunities two years ago when I first participated in this competition. I have a contract with the theatre in Magdeburg, Germany, with which I will collaborate the next season; and I hope others will also come.
In this edition the Grand Prize was granted ex aequo. You share it with a soprano from Brazil - Ludmila Bauerfeldt.
How is this soprano?
Firstly, she's a very good colleague. A wonderful voice. A talent, I would say. I'm glad we met and we had the opportunity to be on the same stage and enjoy the same prize.
Translated by Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest