kalischewski2012Dear 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