Clip Portofino is back, the youngest opera competition in the world with 218 talents aged 18 to 30 from 44 countries on every continent, including Russia and Ukraine, in the widest overview of bel canto schools in the world. The international jury, led as always by the superintendent of the Scala Dominique Meyer, will see important news this year such as Jonathan Friend, artistic consultant of the Metropolitan of New York, while the final concert in the iconic Piazza will see the Carlo Felice Orchestra on the podium. from Genoa the young Milanese Maestro Michele Gamba, one of the most active conductors at Scala in recent seasons and in a few months making his debut in New York and Washington. Gratified in eight years of work by dozens of competitors – called ‘clippers’ – now in careers with prestigious contracts all over the world, from the Vienna Opera to the Metropolitan, from Le Monnaie or La Scala to Zurich, Paris and London, Clip si is confirmed not only as the youngest competition in Europe, but also the one with the highest percentage of important contracts in the first post-competition year, demonstrating that the initial idea of its founder Francesco Daniel Donati, that is to always have a jury composed by themselves superintendents and artistic directors, it quickly gave excellent results, making Clip today one of the most coveted opera competitions for children, despite the great travel difficulties they had to face due to the pandemic before and today of the war. this year they are therefore a set of solid friends of Clip and relevant news: Peter de Caluwe, general manager of La Monnaie in Brussels, Carolin Wielpütz, artistic director of Theater an der Wien, Franziska Maria Kaiser, casting of the Royal Danish Opera, Jonathan Friend, artistic consultant Metropolitan New York, finally the Italians Cristiano Sandri, in charge of the artistic programming of the Teatro Regio di Parma, Gianni Tangucci, artistic coordinator of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, who is in charge of the preselections, and Claudio Orazi, superintendent of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa with whom the excellent collaboration continues thanks to which the final concert in the Piazza will again see the orchestra of the most important theater in Liguria on stage. led by Maestro Michele Gamba, fresh from the new production of Rigoletto in Scala and engaged in those days with the Turandot at the Puccini festival in Torre del Lago.The final concert entitled to the precious sponsor ‘Francesco Brioschi Editore’ represents the highlight of the week, wrapped from the atmosphere and beauty of Portofino. Clip is also one of the very few international competitions to leave singers totally free in the choice of arias, thanks to the exceptional work of Maestro Aldo Salvagno who makes available his vast archive of orchestral parts. Furthermore, for the second consecutive year, Clip confirmed the lowering of the age of the competitors to 30 years for all vocals, thus establishing itself as one of the youngest competitions in Europe, as well as certainly the fastest in guaranteeing important opportunities for I work for young people thanks to the formula conceived by the founder Francesco Daniel Donati and shared with conviction by the president Dominique Meyer. Francesco Daniel Donati, artistic director of Clip emphasizes: “Clip is a unique competition for the combination of certain elements: the extraordinary beauty of the place that transparency, the effective impact on the career of the young participants and attention to the singer merges with that of the Italian opera tradition. Clip also continues to grow without losing the magical ingredient of familiarity “. Totally innovative, winning and for this reason the welcoming formula of hundreds of young people from all over the world is also confirmed every year, never left to themselves, but welcomed in a family atmosphere by the patron supporters of the festival, led by the honorary president Monique Pudel, who has always been very active in supporting young talents and for the constant qualitative growth of Clip. In addition, an important novelty this year, thanks to the collaboration with Mascarade Opera Studio, Dr. Ralph Strehle will be available all week to offer the competitors who so wish, mental coaching sessions to better manage the stress of an audition. This year the Clip awards are confirmed to be: 1st Loro Piana Prize, 2nd ‘Luciano and Giancarla Berti’ Prize – Berti Foundation, 3rd Belmond Prize. And again, ‘Luca Targetti’ Award to the best under 25, ‘Alfredo Scotti’ Award to the best female voice – Kt & Partners, Banca Passadore Award to the best Italian singer, ‘Eva Kleinitz’ scholarships, Scholarships offered by AR92 LandCo. Property Savills, Scholarships offered by Avm Asset Value Management, Audience Award – Faraone Gioielli.
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