A record number of 255 young artists from a total of 47 countries submitted applications for the 4th annual Éva Marton International Singing Competition to be organised by the Liszt Academy this year.
By the end of February, 150 young talents from 30 nations had indicated their intention to participate, exceeding the total number of contestants participating in previous competitions. In addition, young applicants will include representatives of special voice ranges such as the countertenor and the contralto.
Video recordings submitted together with the applications will be reviewed by Éva Marton and two other members of the preliminary jury, Kossuth and Ferenc Liszt Prize winner, opera singer Atilla B. Kiss, and Liszt Prize winner, conductor Balázs Kocsár. They will decide on the runners-up to the live semi-finals to be organized in Budapest from September 6th. An impressive number of experts will form the international jury there, to be chaired by Marton.
The finals of the competition will be on September 12th, and the gala concert will take place the following day in the Academy’s Grand Hall. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, the live rounds may have to be postponed. In this case, selected contestants will be allowed to continue the competition regardless of the age limit.
Viewed as one of the most prominent dramatic sopranos in the world, Éva Marton is a professor emeritus of the Liszt Ferenc Academy and a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. She is still active as a university teacher and is also a founding member of the Friends of Hungary Foundation, publisher of ‘Hungary Today.’
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