Following her victory at the Queen Sonja competition in Norway last August, the 27-year-old Russian soprano, Kristina Mkhitaryan, has now been awarded first prize at the Gian Battista Viotti competition in Vercelli, Italy.
The competition took place over the last week at the City Theatre of Vercelli in northern Italy, culminating in the final round on Saturday. Kristina sung her way to first prize with “Ach, ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden” from Mozart’s, Die Zauberflöte and “Regnava nel silenzio” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor accompanied by the Orchestra Sinfonica Carlo Coccia conducted by Alessandro Ferrari.
As winner of the competition, Kristina will be invited to perform in a concert with the Orchestra Camerata Ducale at the Teatro Civico of Verceli in January next year.
As a member of the Young Artist Program of the Bolshoi Theatre, Kristina made her Bolshoi debut in May 2013 singing Xenia in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. This season in the house she sings the role of Gilda in Rigoletto as well as singing Violetta (La traviata) for Norske Opera.