Summerfest Europe International Voice Competition
19th and 20th December 2013 VERVIERS, Belgium In Verviers’ great singing competition tradition, SummerFest Europe held its first international singing competition at the Conservatoire de Verviers, Belgium, in December 2013. Young singers from across Europe, including advanced conservatory students and emerging professionals, gathered in Verviers to compete for up to five unique prizes: these are not monetary prizes, but ‘all-expenses-paid’ trips for five young singers to travel to the USA and participate in the Pittsburgh USA SummerFest Young Artist Program 2014, and to take a solo role in a festival opera production. The plain monetary value of these prizes is upwards of 4,000 Euros. The value of the experience and performing opportunities in America that the prizes afford is incalculable. [See Belgian media coverage with English translation.]
The prizes include air-fares, accommodation and participation fees in a program that offers individual voice instruction and coaching with leading professionals, group and masterclasses, and the opportunity to perform in SummerFest productions. Performance activities will include singing in choruses in mainstage works, understudying solo roles, and—perhaps most attractive of all—an appropriate solo role in one of the several productions that take place over the course of the festival. Repertoire for SummerFest USA 2014 will be announced shortly.
European singers will enjoy an unforgettable experience in one of America’s leading cities, working with other young artists from around the world in a festival run by one of America’s most successful opera companies. All works are sung in English, and rehearsals take place in English—so European singers also get the advantage of working in an English language environment, and of meeting colleagues from across the United States, Canada and other countries.
Please go to summerfest.eu to learn out more about the SummerFest Europe International Voice Competition.
Images from the December 2013 Competition