the stars of tomorrow
The aim of Stignani Competition is to honor the name of the celebrated leading dramatic mezzosoprano of her time, Ebe Stignani. Hardwork and seeking the technical vocal excellence were the two main pillars in her long and succesfull career. To follow her legacy, the collaboration of the City of Imola and the Internationaler Musikverein Ebe Stignani München, e.V., organize in 2019 the 2nd Stignani Competition.
Born in Naples in 1903 (some sources cite her year of birth as 1904), Stignani studied music for five years at the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory in Naples, including piano and composition as well as singing.
The date of her singing début is usually said to have been in 1925 at the San Carlo opera house in Naples, in the role of Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, but there is evidence that she may have sung a number of roles in the previous year.
In 1926, she was invited to La Scala Milan by Arturo Toscanini to sing the part of Princess Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo, and Milan continued to be a principal stage for her during the rest of her career. She sang all of the major Italian mezzo-soprano roles, but also tackled Wagner’s Ortrud (Lohengrin) and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), and Saint-Saëns’s Dalila (Samson et Dalila) conducted by Victor de Sabata.
She retired from the stage in 1958 after appearances in London (as Azucena) and in Dublin (as Amneris). Thereafter, she lived quietly in retirement at her home in Imola. She had married in 1941 and given birth to a son in 1944.
STIGNANI COMPETITION IMOLA
Stignani competition is open to all trained singers of classical music or students of voice.
No age limits.
Female and male singers of all nationalities are welcome to apply to Stignani competition.
- Register 5 opera arias of your own choice.
If you apply for the prize “dramatic voice”, at least one of the registered arias needs to be of dramatic character.
October 4th 2020: registration day and rehearsals
October 5th and 6th 2020: first rounds
October 7th 2020: semi-final round
October 9th 2020: final round
|August 31st 2020|
JURY OF STIGNANI COMPETITION 2020
…will be announced soon.
opera roles engagements
The prize of City of Imola
PRIZE FOR DRAMATIC VOICE
Prize of Ebe Stignani
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…the stars of tomorrow.