New Zealand tenor Felipe Manu and Brazilian mezzo-soprano Marcela Rahal won the entry into the 61st edition of the prestigious Phineas Tenor International Singing Competition, the final stage of which was held in Barcelona. The final was held on Friday at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, but eight opera houses from around the world are participating in this competition. This first prize is awarded in the amount of 25,000 euros and what is most appreciated by the participants: a contract to sing at the Liceu in the coming seasons. The second prize, worth 15,000 euros, went to Russian soprano Mira Khovic, and the third prize, worth 11,000 euros, went to Portuguese soprano Silvia Siqueira.
One hundred singers arrived in Barcelona, selected in preliminary auditions held from more than 500 applicants from 56 countries and held in prominent opera houses around the world: the Paris National Opera, London's Covent Garden, Berlin's Staatsoper Unter der Linden, and the National Opera Theater. In Berlin. Teatro Real in Madrid, La Scala in Milan, the San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
The final audition of the competition was held on Friday at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the same venue as today's ceremony where the winners will showcase their vocal talent from before and receive their prizes. The competition will distribute cash prizes worth 116,000 euros, 15 contracts and 16 school bags.
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