Thursday, July 2, 2015

Four baritones advance to Belvedere finals

Mikhail Timoshenko, Jared Bybee and Zak Kariithi
Four baritones, including American Jared Bybee, who has been featured on this site, have advanced to the finals of the 34th International Hans Gabor Belevedere International Singing Competition in Amsterdam on July 4th. Joining Bybee are Lasha Sesitashvili from Georgia, Mikhail Timoshenko from Russian, and Zachariah Njoroge "Zak" Kariithi from Kenya. Bybee will be singing Prince Yeletsky's aria from Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame.

Lasha Sesitashvili
Finalists will perform with the Het Gelders Orchestra conducted by Ed Spanjaard. First prize receives € 7,000 in honor of Teresa Stich-Randall, second prize receives € 3,500 and third prize takes home € 2,500. Other prizes include an engagement in one of 12 opera houses, a special young artist award of € 500 and and  € 800, awarded by Yasuko Mitsui to a singer of her choice.

Past baritone and bass winners include Dong-Hwan Lee in 2013, Brian Mulligan in 2006, Ilya Kuzmin in 2004, Burak Bilgili in 2002, Vladimir Atanelishvili in 1996, Stanislaw Schwez in 1994, Detlev ROth in 1992, Woiciech Drabowicz in 1990, Peter Edelmann in 1989, Trond Halstein in 1987, Carsten Stabell in 1985 and Harrie Peeters in 1983. 

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