International Vocal Competition of The Elena Obraztsova Foundation
«José Carreras Grand Prix»

April 20-26, 2021, Moscow

President of the Competition and Chairman of the Jury - José Carreras

Place and time of holding the competition

1st Round (qualifying)
The qualification round is held on the basis of video recordings provided by the participants.



The results of the 1st Round

To the 2nd Round pass:

Bass and Bass-baritones:

  1. AZARENKOV VALENTIN, Russia
  2. BAZHBEUK-MELIKYAN SARGIS, Armenia
  3. BELOSLYUDOV SVETOLIK, Russia
  4. BORISENKO ARTEM, Russia
  5. DAVLETSHIN ILNAR, Russia
  6. EKIMOV GEORGE, Russia
  7. KANG CHAN SOL, Republic of Korea
  8. KIM DAEHO, Republic of Korea
  9. KNYAZEV DANIL, Russia
  10. KRASOVSKY ALEXEY, Belarus
  11. KULAGIN ALEXEY, Russia
  12. MOROZOV SERGEY, Russia
  13. SEVASTYANOV SERGEY, Russia
  14. USMANOV ALEXANDER, Russia
  15. UTKIN ALEXANDER, Russia

Baritones:

  1. AKOPYAN NAVASARD, Armenia
  2. ALCÁNTARA GERMÁN ENRIQUE, Argentina
  3. BAIROV CHINGIS, Russia
  4. GURIEV GURIY, Russia
  5. DOGOTARI MIKHAIL, Moldova
  6. DUDIN ANDREY, Russia
  7. DULAEV DZAMBOLAT, Russia
  8. ZELENKOV ALEXEY, Russia
  9. KAYDALOV SERGEY, Russia
  10. LOGVINOV ANDREY, Belarus
  11. PARK SEJIN, Republic of Korea
  12. SAVCHENKO ARTEM, Russia
  13. SLAVOV YOSIF, Bulgaria
  14. SUDAREV MAXIM, Russia
  15. TUVSHINZHARGAL ENHBAT, Mongolia

Tenors:

  1. BELOV KIRILL, Russia
  2. MAKAROV VALERY, Russia
  3. NOVIKOV MIKHAIL, Russia
  4. GABDIEV ARTHUR, Kazakhstan
  5. GAGIEV SOSLAN, Russia
  6. CARLSON ALEC, USA
  7. KUZMIN SERGEY, Russia
  8. KURSANOV ALEXEY, Russia
  9. MOROZOV IGOR, Russia
  10. PAVLOV EMIL, Bulgaria
  11. PROKOPIEV DENIS, Russia
  12. TOKMAKOV DMITRY, Belarus
  13. LIU TAO, China
  14. PODGORODNEV IVAN, Russia
  15. PENG YUZHANG, China
  16. POBOINIY ROMAN, Ukraine

Mezzo-Sopranos:

  1. AMARYAN BELLA, Armenia
  2. BARAKOVA MARIA, Russia
  3. GRIGORIEVA KSENIYA, Russia
  4. ZAGORODNYAYA ANNA, Russia
  5. MARTIROSYAN ANUSH, Armenia
  6. MINIBAEVA ELVIRA, Russia
  7. OMELCHUK TZVETANA, Russia
  8. PRILEPKO ANNA, Russia
  9. PYANKOVA DARYA, Russia
  10. ROUX CHAMOUX ELSA, France
  11. RUSEISHVILI MARINA, Russia
  12. SAVINOVA DARA, Estonia
  13. TOLASOVA DIANA, Russia
  14. KHOZIEVA DARIA, Russia
  15. JIN JIUJIE, China

Sopranos:

  1. BEZGODKOVA ELENA, Russia
  2. VASILIEVA VIOLETTA, Russia
  3. VOLKOVA DARYA, Russia
  4. GUZ ALYONA, Ukraine
  5. DAVTYAN LILITH, Armenia
  6. DEMENKOVA INNA, Russia
  7. KARAKHANOVA ELMIRA, Russia
  8. KRASTEVA-PAVLOVA STEFANI, Bulgaria
  9. KURINAYA PELAGEYA, Russia
  10. MEENEN LAURA ANASTASIA, Germany
  11. MENCHUK ELIZAVETA, Russia
  12. MICHAILIDI ANASTASIA, Greece
  13. MUN HYUNJU, Republic of Korea
  14. PAVLOVA ALEXANDRA, Russia
  15. PAKHOMOVA ELIZAVETA, Russia
  16. SOLUNYA EKATERINA, Russia
  17. STARKOVA TATIANA, Russia
  18. SUSLOVA ANNA, Russia
  19. TENYAKOVA OLGA, Russia
  20. SHELEKHOVA EKATERINA, Canada
  21. SHISHENINA OKSANA, Russia
  22. SZMYD ALEKSANDRA, Polland


2nd Round
Russia, Moscow, December 1-4 , 2020
Moscow Musical Theatre Helikon-Opera under Dmitry Bertman

3rd Round
Russia, Moscow, December 6, 2020​
The Moscow concert hall “Zaryadye”

Founder of the competition

The Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art «The Elena Obraztsova Foundation»

Organizers of the competition

The Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art «The Elena Obraztsova Foundation»

Moscow Musical Theatre Helikon-Opera under Dmitry Bertman

Conditions of the competition

The competition is held separately in the disciplines by type of voices: sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones and basses.

Russian and foreign performers are allowed to participate in the Competition:
- sopranos, mezzo-sopranos and tenors aged from 18 to 32 years
- baritones and basses aged from 18 to 34 years
as of September 14, 2020 inclusive.

Application submission

Application documents are accepted from December 20, 2019: properly filled application form (Word format only) with a complete package of documents should be sent to the email address: competition2020@obraztsovafund.com

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Directorate of the International Vocal Competition of The Elena Obraztsova Foundation «José Carreras Grand Prix» is announcing an extension of the deadline for filing applications for participation in the Contest to 10 July 2020 inclusive.

Application forms should be completed in Russian or English.

Incomplete or incorrectly filled applications shall not be accepted for consideration.

Package of documents

To be sent in one letter to the email address: competition2020@obraztsovafund.com with the name and surname of the participant in the subject line, for example: application form of Sergeeva Svetlana Nikolaevna

The First Round’s results will be summarised within a month following the end date of receipt of applications.


The applications will be considered by members of the international jury, who will select 75 contestants (15 competition members for each voice type – sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones, basses).

The performers selected will be invited to take part in the International Vocal Competition of The Elena Obraztsova Foundation «José Carreras Grand Prix» in Moscow, Russia. Following the results of the qualifying round, the Contest’s Directorate will send an official confirmation of participation in the Contest by e-mail.

Participants, who pass in 2nd Round, should send scanned sheet music of the works they perform and requisition for accompanist, if required, not later than August 15, 2020.

The Competition Directorate may provide the participant with a qualified accompanist on the basis of the application submitted by the participant together with the package of documents.

The applicant is responsible for the accuracy of the information provided to the Competition Directorate.

Contestants should keep copies of all materials sent with the application.

The Competition Directorate reserves the right to use all the information materials and photos sent by contestants for provision to mass media.

Rehearsals

The Competition Directorate provides every contestant with time to rehearse:
30 minutes before 2nd and 3rd Rounds.

Rehearsals are scheduled on the day preceding the contestant's performance.

Hotel accommodation and travel

The Competition Directorate provides visa support in Russia for foreign participants of the Сompetition.

All expenses related to travel and accommodation of the participants of the 2nd and 3rd Rounds are paid by the Directorate.

If a participant performs with his/her accompanist all expenses on accompanist`s invitation and accommodation are borne by the participant of the Competition.

Concert clothes

To perform in all three rounds of the Competition, an evening dress is required (a tailcoat or a dark suit for men, a long concert dress for women).

Order of holding the competition

The Competition consists of 3 rounds.
Only participants whose documents have been submitted to the Competition Directorate within the time limit and on the form specified in this regulation and who have received an official invitation from the Competition Directorate, are allowed to participate in the 1st Round.
No more than 15 contestants in each direction – sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones, basses, that is, no more than 75 people, are allowed to participate in the 2nd Round by the decision of the jury.
No more than 3 contestants in each direction are allowed to participate in the 3rd Round by the decision of the jury.

The auditions of the 2nd and 3rd Rounds are open for public.
All works should be performed in the original language, in the original key, by heart (only German Lied and romances are allowed to be performed in modified key, except for cases when the work is written for the type of voice corresponding to the type of the performer`s voice).

The participants who have advanced to the 2nd Round, have an opportunity to make changes to the program of the 2nd and 3rd rounds till August 15, 2020.
Changes in the program declared by the participant are not allowed after August 15, 2020.
The order of performance of works at all the rounds shall be decided by the participant.
Works performed in one round cannot be repeated in another round.


2nd and 3rd Rounds

Registration
On November 30, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each participant should pass the registration at the Competition Directorate located at: Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya str., 19/16 building 1, Helikon-Opera Theatre

Draw procedure
On November 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. a draw procedure will take place at the Helikon-Opera Theatre located at: Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya str., 19/16 building 1

Purpose of the draw procedure is to establish the order in which contestants will perform on the rounds. The order of performance determined by the draw procedure is kept till the end of the Competition.
The draw procedure will be held in the presence of the Competition Directorate.
All contestants must attend the draw procedure.
If contestants cannot participate in the draw procedure due to circumstances beyond their control, they must justify their absence during the draw.
At the written request of the contestant, the person designated as the applicant or the official representative of the Competition Directorate will participate in the draw procedure on behalf of the contestant.
The order of performance determined by the draw procedure may not be changed, except in exceptional cases, which the contestant must justify.
The Competition Directorate considers reasons and makes a decision, which must be final.
Any change will only apply to the current round.

Schedule of the competition

30 November 11:00 a.m. Registration of the participants of the Competition
Helikon-Opera Theatre
Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya str., 19/16 building 1
2:00 p.m. Draw procedure
Helikon-Opera Theatre
Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya str., 19/16 building 1
7:00 p.m. Gala Concert of the Prize Winners of The Elena Obraztsova Competition
and Tenor Competition «José Carreras Grand Prix»
The Moscow concert hall “Zaryadye”
Moscow, Varvarka str., 6 building 4
2nd Round (with piano accompaniment)

1 December 12:00 noon Auditions
Helikon-Opera Theatre
Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya str., 19/16 building 1
2 December 12:00 noon
3 December 12:00 noon
4 December 12:00 noon
Orchestral rehearsals of the finalists of the 3rd Round
5 December 2:00 p.m.
Helikon-Opera Theatre
Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya str., 19/16 building 1
3rd Round
6 December 6:00 p.m. Auditions and Ceremonial Closing of the Competition
The Moscow concert hall “Zaryadye”
Moscow, Varvarka str., 6 building 4

Admission to the auditions of the 2nd Round is free.

Entrance to the Gala Concert, as well as to the 3rd Round and Ceremonial Closing of the Competition is by tickets and invitations.

Program of the competition

1st Round

Two arias from an opera, cantata or oratorio of the contestant's choice, written by various composers, presenting different vocal styles and performed in various languages (no more than 10 minutes)


2nd Round

Each contestant presents a completed concert program which should include:
Two arias from an opera, cantata or oratorio
Two vocal works of the chamber repertoire by the German, Italian, Russian, French, Spanish composers or a folk song

Duration of the program - no more than 20 minutes
The order of performance of works can be random


3rd Round

Works are performed with orchestra

Two opera arias by the various composers of 18th-20th centuries.



Works performed by the participant in one round cannot be repeated by him/her in another round.

All the works should be performed by the participants:
- in the original language, by heart
- in the original key for the voice specified in the application

Participation in the Сompetition means acceptance of all the conditions specified in all sections of these Regulations.

All rights to film, audio and video recordings during the Competition belong to The Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art «The Elena Obraztsova Foundation».

The jury of the competition

Results of the Competition are determined by the decision of the international Jury, which includes outstanding musicians and eminent figures of opera art.

President of the Competition and Chairman of the jury:
   José Carreras (Spain) - opera singer

Jury members:

The Jury members don’t have the right:

The Jury members have the right:

Jury’s decisions are final and can’t be revised.

Prizes and awards

GRAND PRIX – 700,000 rubles


Soprano
First Prize – 500,000 rubles
Second Prize – 300,000 rubles
Third Prize – 100,000 rubles


Mezzo-soprano
First Prize – 500,000 rubles
Second Prize – 300,000 rubles
Third Prize – 100,000 rubles


Tenor
First Prize – 500,000 rubles
Second Prize – 300,000 rubles
Third Prize – 100,000 rubles


Baritone
First Prize – 500,000 rubles
Second Prize – 300,000 rubles
Third Prize – 100,000 rubles


Bass
First Prize – 500,000 rubles
Second Prize – 300,000 rubles
Third Prize – 100,000 rubles

Special Prize «The Audience Prize» - 50,000 rubles

Special Prize «For the best performance of an aria from the repertoire of Elena Obraztsova» - 100,000 rubles

Special Prize «For the best performance of an aria from the repertoire of José Carreras» - 100,000 rubles

Special Prize «For the best performance of a Russian composer’s work by a foreign participant of the Competition» - 50,000 rubles


Special Prizes established by the opera theatres, state and public institutions will be announced later.


State and public institutions, artistic unions, business companies and press are given the right to establish their Special Prizes as agreed with the Competition Directorate.
All the Prize Winners are obliged to take part without compensation in the concerts arranged by The Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art «The Elena Obraztsova Foundation» - two times in period up to the December 31, 2021.

The competition management

The Competition is managed by the Competition Directorate.
The competition Directorate is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Competition rules.
It may take any measures necessary to ensure their application and implementation.