Two latest gala live shows not solely showcased the six finalists of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competitors (ACVC) in Townsville, but additionally gave coronary heart for the way forward for classical music efficiency.
Attracting a complete of 48 performers to North Queensland, this annual Townsville occasion was established in 1980, and – aside from three years of cancellation between 2019 and 2021 – has continued to draw classical musicians from everywhere in the world to carry out works from concerto and opera repertoires in sections for vocal, instrumental and faculty ensembles.
Vocal Competitors Gala: Friday 21 July
Adjudicator Merlyn Quaife AM seemed for a mixture of issues within the performers, together with musicianship, accuracy, rhythm and language, remarking that articulation and enunciation have been crucial to good classical efficiency. For the primary time the sizeable prize purse of $7000 was provided to match the instrumental part, which attracted 16 performers from throughout Australia.
Oozing confidence, and filling the stage along with his presence and a demonstrable stage expertise, Brisbane tenor Sebastian Maclaine gained the competitors with a program that noticed him sing in English, German, French and Italian. His arias noticed him discover varied emotional states from the tenderness of Bernard Herrmann’s ‘Now artwork thou pricey’ from Wuthering Heights, to the solemnity of ‘Lieux funestes’ from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Dardanus, to the declaration of affection at first sight in ‘Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön’ from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, to the ultimate ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amore.
In second place, Oliver Heuzenroeder’s voice was characterised by lovely resonant tones and a transparent diction. Additionally from Brisbane, he tackled arias by Felix Mendelssohn (‘Gott, sei mir gnadig’ from Paulus), Donizetti (‘Bella siccome un angelo’ from Don Pasquale), Mozart (‘Papagena’ from The Magic Flute) and ‘La Fatigue alourdit mes pas’ from Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas.
Leisure was the hallmark of Brisbane soprano Jungyoun Lee’s efficiency in third place. She managed her prime notes with confidence and readability, in addition to rising to the problem of the coloratura gymnastics. She selected 4 well-known arias – ‘Vissi d’arte’ from Tosca (Giacomo Puccini), ‘Regnava nel silenzio’ from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Vincenzo Bellini’s ‘Ah! Non credea mirarti’ from La Sonnambula, that includes a fantastic crescendo, and eventually ‘Semper libera’ from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata.
Instrumental Competitors Gala: Sunday 23 July
Adjudicator Richard McIntyre OAM pared down a subject of 32 rivals to current the ultimate three, who competed for the $7000 complete prize. The finalists noticed a variety of efficiency starting from violin approach, which ran the gamut of experience, to a youthful performer who made her cello sing to the dominant power and energy of the piano.
Winner of the competitors was Sydney-based pianist Nicholas Kennedy, giving a stirring, magnetic and highly effective efficiency of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 in E-flat Main, in any other case generally known as the Emperor Concerto. He stuffed the house with a unusual stage presence, giving a efficiency that was directly expressive, emotional and bodily. His keyboard gymnastics have been daring and broad one minute and exquisitely delicate the subsequent, and always have been infused with an emotion that carried into each muscle of his physique. A part of his $4000 prize is a significantly anticipated return efficiency in 2024 with Townsville’s Barrier Reef Orchestra.
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In second place was Sydney violinist Robert Smith, whose efficiency of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Main drew loud appreciation from the viewers. Top-of-the-line-known of all violin concertos, additionally it is probably the most notoriously tough and Smith confirmed immense dexterity, precision and aptitude for the demanding concerto that clearly demonstrated his technical brilliance.
Nonetheless, the shock of the night was third-placed cellist Jiyou Park from Brisbane who demonstrated a method, efficiency and maturity method past her years in her rendition of Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No 1 in A Minor. This was a soul journey for this slight 11-year-old who gave an animated dedicated efficiency, which made her instrument sing with readability.
Vocal Gala Efficiency was held on 21 July 2023.Instrumental Gala Efficiency was held on 23 July 2023,
Townsville Civic Theatre.