Gemma Summerfield Wins Concurso de Canto Tenor Viñas

By Francisco Salazar

The 59th Concurso de Canto Tenor Viñas has announced the 2022 winners.

The competition, which was held at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, was won by British soprano Gemma Summerfield; she also won an award from the Festival Castell de Peralada.

Second place went to French singer Eugénie Joneau; Joneau also won an award from the Òpera de Sabadell.

The Third place award went to Korean singer SeokJong Baek. The fourth place prize was awarded to Russian singer Aleksei Kulagin and American singer Blake Denson took home fifth place. Finally, the sixth place went to Paride Cataldo from Italy.

The competition also gave a special award for Oratorio-Lied to Katia Ledoux and a special award for Mozart interpretation to Davide Giangregorio. The Zarzuela award went to Eugénie Joneau, while the best Russian music interpreter went to Aleksei Kulagin.

For best Verdi interpretation, Paride Cataldo took a special award, while the la Fundació de Música Ferrer-Salat special award went to six Spanish singers: Ferran Albrich, David Barrera, Carmen Mateo, Anna Niebla, Violeta Alarcón, and Laura Brasó.

The Plácido Domingo special award went to both SeokJong Baek and Laia Vallés.

The four winners of the Teatro Real Award were Gemma Summerfield, Eugénie Joneau, SeokJong Baek, and Aleksei Kulagin.

Meanwhile, Astana Opera awarded Inho Jeong a chance to debut with the company.

The “Mercedes Viñas” award went to Yewon Han and Laura Brasó was crowned the best Catalan singer.

LG Artist Management gave an award to Laia Vallés, while the Festival de Música de Cadaqués awarded a recital to Joneau and Giangregorio. Blake Denson was awarded a recital by the Gran Teatre del Liceu at the Saló del Miralls, as well as a scholarship by Accademia Musicale Chigiana de Siena.

Cataldo was awarded the chance to participate in projects by the European Opera Centre, while five singers won the Internationale OpernWerkstatt; those winners include Taehan Kim, Yewon Han, Laura Brasó, Blake Denson, and Caternia Meldolesi.

The final awards, which consisted of studies at the Academia Internacional de Música Elena Obraztsova, went to Laura Brasó. Finally, the Audience awards went to Laia Vallés and SeokJong Baek.