Die Preisträger der XIX. Międzynarodowy Konkurs Sztuki Wokalnej im. Ady Sari in Nowy Sącz [19th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition] stehen fest:
Ketevan Chuntishvili, a soprano from Georgia, a graduate of the Department of Drama and Media at the Hanover University of Music in Marek Rzepka’s class, was awarded 2nd prize (PLN 15,000) in the female voice category at the 19th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in Nowy Sącz. In addition, the artist received an award (PLN 2,000) for the best performance of a Mozart piece.
In the male voice category, the second prize (PLN 15,000) went to David Roy, a baritone from Poland, a graduate of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, in the class of Adam Zdunikowski.
First prizes in both female and male categories were not awarded.
Just before midnight, the jury announced the results of the 19th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in Nowy Sącz. „You were wonderful, although very nervous. We had some difficult decisions to make“. – addressed the participants of the Competition Małgorzata Walewska, the chairwoman of the jury.
And indeed, the final was very nervous for the participants. You could feel the nervousness of the performers, some even said it was a war of nerves. „I am happy, I did not expect it. I am very happy. This is a great honour for me“ – Ketevan Chuntishvili said right after the results were announced. „This is my first competition. I was persuaded to enter it by my Polish singing professor,“ she stressed.
„I feel joy and satisfaction that such a titanic effort was appreciated. We were very nervous. Now it’s just starting to come off us,“ – David Roy said.
In the female voice category, two third prizes of PLN 8,000 each went to Maria Polańska (mezzo-soprano, Poland) and Andżelika Wiśniewska (mezzo-soprano, Poland). The jury also awarded two third prizes in the category of male voices of PLN 8,000 each. They were awarded to: Stanisław Napierała (tenor, Poland) and Jakub Szmidt (bass, Poland).
In addition, four distinctions of PLN 4,000 each were awarded. Among the distinguished were: Justyna Bluj (soprano, Poland); Olga Dyadiv (soprano, Ukraine); Zuzanna Nalewajek (mezzo-soprano, Poland); Karol Skwara (bass, Poland).
Friday’s final of the Competition, in which 13 artists took part, including 11 from Poland, aroused many emotions. The artists fought for the victory, performing – due to the pandemic – with the accompaniment of the piano and not, as usual, of the orchestra. They performed two opera arias chosen by them from the competition list.
The artists were assessed by a jury composed of singers, opera agents, pedagogues and representatives of music institutions, which, in addition to the chairwoman Małgorzata Walewska, included: Michael Barobeck, casting director of the Graz Opera; Franziska Hunke, manager in charge of the artistic agency Artista International; Rebekah Rota, soprano and director, deputy director of the opera Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe; Dariusz Stachura, singer and general director of the Grand Theatre in Lódz and Wojciech Maciejowski, singer, pedagogue, professor leading the singing class at the Academy of Music in Poznań (jury secretary).
The Jury distributed many other awards and distinctions (the full list is attached in the minutes of the Jury). The prize pool for this year’s Competition amounted to PLN 97,000.
„For several years now, I have been noticing the great potential of adepts of vocal art. We have beautiful voices in Poland, and many artists sing at a high level, well, maybe not yet at the world level, but at least at the European level“. – said Dariusz Stachura, juror. „The artistic level of the Competition was very equal. We wish all the artists success,“ – he added.
On Saturday, September 4, at 11 a.m., a press conference will be held in Nowy Sącz, at the Beskid Hotel, during which the laureates, jury members and organisers of the Competition will be at your disposal.
In the evening, at 7 p.m., in the SOKÓŁ Małopolska Cultural Centre in Nowy Sącz, a concert of the laureates will begin, during which the winners will be presented with their prizes. The concert will be streamed online at: www.adasari.pl and on the YouTube channel of the SOKÓŁ Małopolska Cultural Centre in Nowy Sącz, the organiser of the Competition.
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Press Office of the Competition
MINUTES OF THE JURY
OF THE 19TH ADA SARI
INTERNATIONAL VOCAL ARTISTRY COMPETITION IN NOWY SĄCZ
Jury composed of: Małgorzata Walewska – the Chairman, Michael Barobeck, Franziska Hunke, Rebekah Rota, Dariusz Stachura and Wojciech Maciejowski – the Secretary, awarded the following awards:
FIRST AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF FEMALE VOICES
THE PRIZE WAS NOT AWARDED
SECOND AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF FEMALE VOICES IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 15,000
Ketevan CHUNTISHVILI, Georgia, soprano. Copyright: Piotr Drozdzik/MCK.S0kól
TWO THIRD AWARDS IN THE CATEGORY OF FEMALE VOICES IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 8,000 EACH
Maria POLAŃSKA, Poland, mezzo-soprano
Andżelika WIŚNIEWSKA, Poland, mezzo-soprano
FIRST AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF MALE VOICES
THE PRIZE WAS NOT AWARDED
SECOND AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF MALE VOICES IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 15,000
David ROY, Poland, baritone. Copyright: Piotr Drozdzik/MCK.S0kól
TWO THIRD AWARDS IN THE CATEGORY OF MALE VOICES IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 8,000 EACH
Stanisław NAPIERAŁA, Poland, tenor
Jakub SZMIDT, Poland, bass
4 HONORABLE MENTIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 4,000 EACH
Justyna BLUJ, Poland, soprano
Olga DYADIV, Ukraine, soprano
Zuzanna NALEWAJEK, Poland, mezzo-soprano
Karol SKWARA, Poland, bass
AWARD IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 3,000 FOR AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A SONG CYCLE
Zoya PETROVA for performance of the Art Songs of Sergey Rachmaninoff
AWARD IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 2,000 FOR AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A POLISH PIECE
Zuzanna NALEWAJEK for her performance of Mieczysław Weinberg’s „Żydek” (The Jew) to words by Julian Tuwim from the cycle „The Gypsy Bible” op. 57 No. 2
AWARD IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 2,000 FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF A PIECE BY WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Ketevan CHUNTISHVILI for the performance of the recitative and aria of the Countess from the opera „Le nozze di Figaro”
AWARD IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 2,000 FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF A PIECE BY A COMPOSER BORN AFTER 1950
Michał JANICKI for the performance of Marcin Piotr Łopacki’s „Lament of Adam” to words by Michał Janicki op. 92
ADA SARI DEVELOPMENT AWARD IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 2,000
Founder of the Prize is the Mayor of Stary Sącz City.
AWARD IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 3,000 FOR AN OUTSTANDING PIANIST – ACCOMPANIST
ORFEO BOGUSŁAW KACZYŃSKI AWARD FOR THE BEST POLISH VOICE IN THE AMOUNT OF PLN 5,000, MEDIA PATRONAGE OF THE ORFEO MUSIC PORTAL AND A PERFORMANCE AT THE IVth BOGUSŁAW KACZYŃSKI FESTIVAL IN BIAŁA PODLASKA IN SEPTEMBER 2022
The award is funded by the Bogusław Kaczyński ORFEO Foundation in Warsaw.
AWARD OF THE OPERA ACADEMY OF THE GRAND THEATER – NATIONAL OPERA IN WARSAW IN THE FORM OF THE PRIZE-WINNER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE OPERA ACADEMY WORKSHOPS IN THE ARTISTIC SEASON 2021/2022 WITHIN THE DEADLINE TO BE AGREED – ACCEPTANCE OF THE AWARD WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE LEADING EDUCATORS
AWARDS OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE GREAT THEATRE IN ŁÓDŹ IN THE FORM OF AN INVITATION TO PARTICPATE IN THE CONCERT OF WINNERS OF THE ADA SARI VOCAL ARTISTRY COMPETITION IN THE ARTISTIC SEASON 2021/2022
AWARD OF THE WARSAW CHAMBER OPERA IN THE FORM OF AN INVITATION OF THE PRIZE-WINNER TO PARTICPATE IN A PERFORMANCE OR A CONCERT IN THE 2021/2022 OR 2022/2023 ARTISTIC SEASON
AWARD OF THE DIRECTOR OF TADEUSZ BAIRD ZIELONA GÓRA PHILHARMONIC FOR THE OUTSTANDING FINALIST (CATEGORY: MALE VOICE) IN THE FORM OF AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONCERT IN THE ARTISTIC SEASON 2021/2022 OR 2022/2023
6 JEWELRY AWARDS FOR 3 FINALISTS – FEMALE VOICES AND 3 FINALISTS – MALE VOICES FOUNDED BY SEZAM BOGDAN BUCZEK JEWELRY STORE IN NOWY SĄCZ
The values of the prizes are given in gross amounts. The cash prizes are funded by: Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, the Bogusław Kaczyński ORFEO Foundation in Warsaw, Mayor of Stary Sącz and SOKÓŁ Małopolska Cultural Centre in Nowy Sącz.