Friday, 21 March 2014

London Handel Singing Competition

Ewa Gubańska – photo credit: Chris Christodoulou
Ewa Gubańska
photo credit: Chris Christodoulou
The final of this year's London Handel Singing Competition took place at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London on Tuesday 18 March 2014. The winner this year was the Polish mezzo-soprano Ewa Gubańska, winning the Regina Etz Prize. Gubańska sang arias from Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV17, Alcina HWV34 and Arianna in Creta HWV32; she is currently studying baroque singing with Gloria Banditelli at the Bologna Conservatory of Music. Soprano Maria Valdmaa took second place, receiving the Michael Oliver Prize as well as the Michael Normington Audience Prize. The other finalists were Susanna Fairbairn, Edward Grint and Timothy Nelson. The top prizes include an appearance at the London Handel Festival 2015, and all finalists will be offered a lunchtime recital.

The adjudicators were Ian Partridge, Edward Blakeman, Catherine Denley, Michael George, John Mark Ainsley and Patrizia Kwella. The finalists were accompanied by members of the London Handel Orchestra, conductor Laurence Cummings.

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