Marina Rebeka has received the Premio alla Carriera “Toti dal Monte.”
The award, which was named after the legendary soprano Antonietta Meneghel, was given to Rebeka by a jury that included superintendents and Artistic Directors as well as Music critics from around the world. Stefano Soldan presided over the jury.
In a statement, the jury noted that Rebeka has “a beautiful voice, rich in harmony, solid high notes, and coloratura and a varied repertoire that spans Bel Canto to Verdi and Puccini. Her exquisite sensibility to interpret and her communicative skills make her a soprano to reference in the panorama of contemporary opera.”
In response to the award, Rebeka said, “My dear followers! I feel honored and delighted to receive the award of Toti dal Monte. It is really a great feeling for me to be chosen as a deserving person for getting this recognition. Firstly, I would like to appreciate all the jury members for choosing me eligible for this amazing award. It would never be possible without my team and of course you – my dear listeners and followers. Thank you for being there!”
Rebeka represents the first winner of this prize which will be an annual award to recognize a great singer of contemporary opera.
The award was also supposed to coincide with a gala concert on Sept. 12 but Rebeka was forced to cancel. She wrote, “Sadly, I was unable to sing yesterday due to health issues – but I am recovering and feeling much better. I know that I will return to this beautiful place – Teatro Comunale Mario Del Treviso – to sing again and to meet my lovely listeners there. I sincerely express my heartiest thankfulness to all.”