Wins at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition

Many congratulations to Greek bass Alexandros Stavrakakis and Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan, who were both awarded prizes in the vocal category of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition last night.

Alexandros took home the First Prize and Gold Medal, following his third and final round performance of Wotan‘s aria from Wagner’s Die Walküre, and King René’s arioso from Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. He becomes the first Greek to win the competition in any category.

Currently a member of Semperoper Dresden, Alexandros’ victory follows his Second Prize and Audience Prize win at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2018.

Watch Alexandros perform Wotan’s aria

Migran was awarded the Third Prize and Bronze Medal following his performance of Prince Yury’s arioso from Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress, and Gabriele Adorno’s Recitative and Aria from Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.

A regular at the Mariinsky, Migran first came to international attention in 2018 when he won Second Prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. Future engagements see debut performances at Royal Danish Opera, Opera di Roma, Teatro di Pisa and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as a return to Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Watch Migran perform Verdi

The finalists were accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Sinkevich. Korean baritone Gihoon Kim was awarded the Second Prize, and Mongolian bass-baritone Ankhbayar Enkhbold the Fourth Prize. The female vocal prizes were awarded to Maria Barakova (First), Aigul Khismatullina (Second), Maria Motolygina (Third), and Angelina Akhmedova and Oksana Mayorova (Fourth).

Previous prize winners include Paata Burchuladze (First, 1982), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (First, 2007), Dmitry Belosselskiy (Second, 2007) and Jongmin Park (First, 2011).

It’s been quite the week of wins here at Askonas Holt, which began with Andrei Kymach being crowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 on Saturday evening. We could not be happier for each of these young singers!

Andrei Kymach with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 © Kirsten McTernan
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