19th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition Announces 2021 Winners

By Francisco Salazar

The 19th Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition has announced its 2021 winners.

The competition, which is held in Nowy Sącz, Poland, made history as it had no first prize winners and instead handed out second prizes to soprano Ketevan Chuntishvili and baritone David Roy, third prizes to mezzos Maria Polańska and Andżelika Wiśniewska, tenor Stanisław Napierała, and bass Jakub Szmidt.

The competition was held between Aug. 28 – Sep. 4, 2021, and saw participants perform in front of an audience gathered in the auditorium of the SOKÓŁ Małopolska Cultural Centre in Nowy Sącz.

At the Final Concert each artist performed two arias with Chuntishvili singing an aria from Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” (for which she also received a special prize for the best performance of a Mozart piece), as well as an aria from Massenet’s “Manon.”

Meanwhile, Roy sang Rodrigo’s aria from Act three of Verdi’s “Don Carlo”  and the aria of the Swordsman from Act two of the opera Moniuszko’s “Haunted Manor.”

Other winners included Zoya Petrova who won the best performance of songs and Dominika Peszko, who won the prize for the best pianist-accompanist.

Due to the pandemic, all artists performed with a piano accompaniment.