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The 'Hariclea Darclée' Festival and Competition in Braila

Thursday, 9 August 2012 , ora 12.38
Between 1st and 12th August, Braila, the city of Iannis Xenakis, is the capital of the international opera. It is here that the 'Hariclea Darclée' festival and competition takes place, event that was initiated seventeen years ago by Mariana Nicolesco.

Canto Competition

In 2012, during the festival, takes place the canto competition, next year it will be the turn of the stagecraft classes also dedicated to lyrical art. During the present edition, 161 competitors from twenty four countries all across the globe are competing, from Brazil, Japan, Canada, China, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, France, Romania, etc. During the second stage there were only eighty five competitors and in the last one, stepped forward fifty two. On Sunday, during the award ceremony we will find out who are the winners.

...The Competitors and the Jury

I would like to point out the very high level of the young musicians, their professionalism, their solid training and their diverse repertoire. Each candidate had to present the jury with a list of five arias by composers from cultural spaces as different as possible.

The jury is comprised of seven members. The chairman of this edition is baritone Nicolae Herlea, and he was dedicated an anniversary moment, a conference held by dr. Stephan Poen, doubled by video images from different performances.

A Performance on Esplanade

On 10th August, 2012, the ample esplanade performances will take place, with the young interpreters. Verdi and Wagner are the chosen composers. Next, on Saturday, 11th August, the opera 'Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)' by Verdi will be performed, and on Sunday, 12th August, the award ceremony. The young performers will be accompanied by the Darclée Festival Orchestra, conductor Marco Balderi.

Many of the performers who passed through this competition are today on the great stages of the world, in Vienna, Salzburg, Hamburg, Leipzig.

We wish all of them a successful career.

Irina Hasnaº
Translated by Florina Sãmulescu
MTTLC, Bucharest University