Two barihunks have made it to the final round of the International Eva Marton Singing Competition being held on Saturday, September 20th at the Hungarian State Opera, with one taking 1st Prize.
29-year-old Romanian Aghenie Alexandru who studied voice at the Academy of Music Transylvania in Brașov, took 1st Prize over 10 other singers. In the finals he'll be performed "Avant de quitter ces lieux " from Gounod's Faust and "Il balen del suo sorriso" from Verdi's Il trovatore.
In 2012 he appeared on stage in various performances in Italy, including the Teatro Sociale di Stradella, Teatro Lirico di Magenta, Teatro Sociale di Como and Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna. He recently sang Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi at the Brașov Opera House. He has won several prizes at singing competitions in Piatra Neamț in Romania, Manfredonia in Italy and Bucharest, Romania.
Matviienko began his vocal studies in 2005, continuing at the Donetsk Music Academy since 2007. He has performed at the Donetsk National Dramatic Theatre and the Donetsk National Opera House.
Joining Eva Marton on the jury were tenor Vittorio Terranova and mezzo Elena Obraztsova. There will be a grand finals concert on Sunday night with additional prizes being awarded.