Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry 20th Festival and 18th Competition Announces Dates

By Francisco Salazar

The Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry 20th Festival and 18th Competition, the oldest vocal competition in Poland, is set to take place on  April 27 through May 5, 2019.

This year, the competition expects to have 81 young singers from 14 countries.

The first event of the festival feature a concert performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Suor Angelica” and Ludomir Różycki’s symphonic poem “Anhelli, Op. 22.” The solo parts will be performed by finalists of previous editions of the Competition, as well as Małgorzata Walewska. The Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the Polish Radio Choir in Krakow will be conducted, for the second time in the festival’s history, by famed tenor José Cura.

From April 27 to May 5, young vocalists from 14 countries (Poland, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, China, Georgia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Italy) will compete in the annual competition in front of an international jury.

At the end of the competition on May 4, 2019, there will be a winners gala where soloists will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Silesian Opera conducted by Maestro Sebastian Perłowski. Winners will be awarded a prize of 16,000 Euros. On May 5, the concert of the best singers will be repeated at the Silesian Opera in Bytom.

Previous winners of the competition have included Piotr Beczała, Andrzej Dobber, Milijan Nikolić, Anna Simińska, Anna Lubańska and Arnold Rutkowski.