The first day of the First Interatilnal Georg Ots Festival and Competition is over
The international jury has done an intense work, having heard 45 participants. The young singers had a complicated day, with rain, storm, hail, but afterwards also with a rainbow.
The first competition is always a search of a face and a place under the sun. And the face is really unique. It is the face of Georg Ots, legenday singer of the 20th century, who not only turns us back to the history, but also sets the heighest slat of the skill, musical and personal qualities. He also stands at the crossroads of cultures and countries, directing diplomatic mission. And the place - achs of the church with a good acoustic light both dignities and lacks.
The first round is probably the most responsible one. It has to have 3 pieces: Mozart's aria, italian aria (Rossini, Bellini or Donizetti) and a Lied by Schubert of Schumann. The singers will be able to show themselves in operetta genre only in final. None of the singers suceeded to perform all the three pieces. The competition is the competition, and there are always losses.
Most of participants are Russian, and their prevlent mistakes were neglect the consonances - frames of the words, and shortage of belcanto as it is - soft and legato. All this is a consequence of a unfreedom, which they solved with a force and an inappropriate agression.
But let's recall the best moments of the first round. Mongolian baritone Badral Chuluunbaatar is an experienced participant. In one's time he was blessed by Elena Obraztsova on TV Big Opera show with words "Badral moyo serdtse ukral" ("Badral has stolen my heart"). He has a number of competiton victories and one can feel his build and confidence. An die Musik by Schubert was full of lustre and inner peace. In Donizetti's aria he showed a good contrast between chamber and opera singing. Soprano Knarik Zakaryan from Rostov-on-Don demontrated with wonderful voice and timbre potencial for further growth in Mozart, but lost a lot in Gretchen am Spinnrade because of a very slow tempo; but still she was very interesting to listen to. The main fight developed among the sopranos. Vera Dashevskaya from Petrozavodsk was very precise in Electra, and the jury asked her to sing Norina's aria from Don Pasquale. Mazzo-soprano Anna Buslidze stroke with force and volume of her voice. Anna Vikulina from St.Petersburg sang in a very impressive manner, but lost a lot in famous Halleluja from Exscultate, jubilate. Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Kurbatova from Zazerkalye St.Petersburg Theatre was lucky to sing two pieces (Mozart and Schumann). In Schumann she showed her real drama talent. Two Elviras - from Don Giovanni and from I puritani - were presented by soprano Evgenia Poddubnaya from Novosibirsk in a solid, but a bit hard academic manner. Natalya Rais (soprano) remained in memory with beautiful, sencitive Lucia from Lucia di Lammermoor. Ukrainian baritone Alexander Malyshko noticed with his discreet manner, inner core and expession. Soprano Darya Volkova stroke with her rationality and utmost concentration in the first aria of the Queen of the Night, and she was asked to sing the second piece - Norina's aria form Don Pasquale by Donizetti. Soprano Darya Tarasova amused with her illusionist manner. She was almost performing the tricks with Rossini's Rosina and Mozart's Susanna. Both with coquetry and barocco charm, slightly touching the notes, she showed how much one can reach even with a limit source.