International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition
The foreword of Seebad Ueckermünde
Dear music lovers and participants of The 6th International Opera Singing Competition of Giulio Perotti. We are delighted to welcome you to Seebad Ueckermünde during the sixth edition of our competition. This competition was created in 2010 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Ueckermünde obtaining city rights. It got the name of the famous German opera singer from Meclenburg-Western Pomerania of the nineteenth century, who celebrated his success on the biggest opera stages of the world and then he fell into oblivion. Giulio Perotti was born in 1841 in Ueckermünde under the name of Julius Prott. Julius Prott became one of the most famous opera singers and he performed on all leading German stages, as well as, in Budapest, Florence, Genoa, London, Constantinople, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Moscow, Rome, Turin, Vienna, Prague, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Boston, Chicago or New York and he was often called as a “irreplaceable heroic tenor”.
To commemorate this artist from the 4th to 10th October 2019 the 6th International Opera Singing Competition of Giulio Perotti will take place. The organizers: Seebad Ueckermünde, Musikverein BEL CANTO Ueckermünde e.V., Academy of Art in Szczecin (Poland) and the collaborators Kreismusikschule Uecker-Randow. During the inaugural concert we will be able to listen to the choir of international fame from Poland. The Orchestra of Academy of Art in Szczecin will accompany the best singers in the final and during the concert of the laureates. The decisions on the results will be taken by an international jury, composed by outstanding opera singers, professors/teachers (jurors from Germany, the USA, Russia, Poland, Italy, Great Britain and Denmark). The pianists from Germany, Poland, Italy and Russia will accompanied all the participants.
We wish all participants to have a personal success and we hope that the public and the guests of our prestigious competition will have unforgettable experiences and interesting international meetings.
Greetings from Mrs Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewski
Dear Competitor, thank you for entering the International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition. Today, the demands made on singers are becoming even greater due to development in society and advanced digital recording techniques. At the same time, the techniques of the singers and their aesthetic range continue to develop. While accomplished singers are becoming younger and younger, the requirements which are put become higher and higher. To further their development they need to have the opportunity to compare themselves with their fellow singers within the same age group. Taking part in competitions, regardless of the result is important and enriching experience; not only can the young singers judge their own performances against those of other competitors, they can also advance their individual development. The International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition is directed towards young singers who have not started their vocal studies yet and students of music academies and music universities. Between the ages of 16-21 it is already possible for them to have reached a very high standard. Indeed, there are many examples of famous singers who when they were in this age group made their debuts in important operatic roles. For example, Maria Callas was Santuzza in "Cavalleria Rusticana" when she was 16 years old, and Tosca when was 18, Mirella Freni at the age of 20 was already performing Micaela from "Carmen" and Joan Sutherland sang Dido in "Dido and Aeneas" at the age of 21. Placido Domingo performed in the age of 17 Freddie in "My Fair Lady". He played Borsa in "Rigoletto" when he was 18 band when he was 20 he sang the role of Alfredo in "La Traviata" and Edgardo in "Lucia di Lammermoor" together with Joan Sutherland as Lucia. The International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition closes the gap between learning to sing and the competitions for trained and experienced opera singers until the age of 35. It offers young singers an insight into the level that will be required of them in the World of international singing. I wish all participants every success and hope they have a feeling of well-being on stage and find an unforgettable musical experience. I hope that with the help of our penal consisting of renounced opera singers and professors the Competition will become a by-word for excellence and high standarts. Many thanks to everyone who helped in the creation of the International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition.
Initiator and artistic director of the International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition
Dr. Dr. habil. Sylwia Burnicka - Kalischewski