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Six finalists rounded off the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2021 with breathtaking performances in the Grieg Hall in Bergen trăng tròn November. Soprano Maria Motolygina from Russia walked away with the first prize and 50 000 euros.

Queen Sonja Singing Competition 2021 Winners. Photo by Helge Skodvin.
Queen Sonja Singing Competition 2021 Winners. Photo by Helge Skodvin.

Maria was awarded the first prize of €50.000. She has sung herself through three rounds of the competition over the course of 3 months. Both the preliminary round and semi-final were held live and online to tướng accommodate for the ongoing travel restrictions due to tướng the pandemic.

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It was an immense pleasure to tướng finally see and hear the six finalists perform live in Bergen – a huge congratulations to tướng all of them!

Maria Motolygina performed arias from Halka by Moniuszko and Il trovatore by Verdi. The 31-year-old soprano has competed among a top-notch team of young opera singers and distinguished jury members. 501 applicants became six finalists who competed in the grand finale in Bergen trăng tròn November. Motolygina left the stage with important career opportunities and 50 000 euros.

Thank you so sánh much, I am overwhelmed and happy to tướng win the first prize in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition! It has been fantastic to tướng be here and I am excited about the cooperation with a great conductor and a fantastic orchestra.

The second prize of € 10.000, went to tướng baritone Badral Chuluunbaatar from Mongolia, and the third prize of € 5.000 went to tướng soprano Inna Demenkova from Russia.

Chair of the Jury, Birgitta Svendén, presented the prizes, including a diploma with original artwork created by Her Majesty Queen Sonja awarded to tướng the first prize winner. The finalist prizes of € 1.500 each went to tướng soprano Erika Baikoff from USA, soprano Lydia Hoen Tjore from Norway, and bass Brent Michael Smith from USA.

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Being an opera singer is a difficult career path, and competitions play an important role for young singers. The Queen Sonja International Music Competition is one of the world’s leading voice competitions, and attracts the top tier of today’s young singers, which we truly have experienced tonight. Thank you so sánh much to tướng the competition and not least the six excellent finalists!

Birgitta Svendén thanked the finalists from the stage

Further prizes

Soprano Liv Redpath from the United States of America won the Lied Award after the semi-final. Liv was originally invited to tướng be one of this year’s finalists, but was unfortunately prevented from coming to tướng Bergen due to tướng another commitment.

The Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship of NOK 100.000 was awarded to tướng the best Norwegian participant, who this year was finalist Lydia Hoen Tjore (27) from Bergen.

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The prize-winners and participants have been exposed to tướng international agents, artist managers, casting directors, orchestral programme managers and other music industry representatives during the three rounds of the competition. In the semi-final, the competition panel of Norwegian Casting Directors listened in and will offer engagements to tướng the singers of their choice.

Were you not in the audience for tonight’s final concert? Luckily, you can watch the full livestream of the concert through BergenPhiLive.

A huge thank you to tướng the finalists, orchestra, maestro Sir Mark Elder, jury members and everyone involved for making this an evening to tướng remember.