The 15th International Festival of Operatic Singers “Marie Kraja”

The 15th Festival took place in Tirana on October 30st and 31st, 2015 at the Theater of Opera and Ballet. More than 200 singers from four continents competed in two phases. The applications phase took place from May to September 2015. The auditions phase qualified 13 singers to continue their competition in Tirana during the two days of the Festival. They presented during the first night of the Festival their selected aria performing with the Symphony Orchestra of the Theater of Opera and Ballet directed by the Italian conductor, Leonardo Quadrini.  8 singers who were selected by the international Jury competed in the final night of the Festival for the three big Prizes, and a song Prize.

This Festival was put live on the Albanian digital platform DIGITALB through a terrestrial and satellite broadcasting in Europe and North America. Famous guest artists were invited to perform during the Festival. The printed and electronic media devoted to this edition of the Festival a much higher interest.

The Prize winners of the The 15th Festival were:

First Prize “Marie Kraja” Ms. Enkeleda KAMANI, soprano (Albania)
Second Prize Ms. Elisabeth BAILEY, soprano (England)
Third Prize Ms. Federica VITALI, soprano (Italy), and Ms. Anna STYLIANAKI, soprano (Greece)
Song Prize Mr. Hector Angel Garcia BLASCO, tenor (Spain)

The Jury of the The 15th Festival:

  • Mr. Stephen LANGRIDGE, Artistic Director of the Göteborg Opera (Sweden)
  • Mr. Henning RUHE, Director of Opera Studio, Munich State Opera (Germany)
  • Mr. Sebastian SCHWARZ, Artistic Director of Theater an der Wien (Austria)
  • Mr. Myron MICHAILIDIS, Director of Athens’ State Opera (Greece)
  • Ms. Giovanna LOMAZZI, Vice President of ASLICO (Milan)
  • Ms. Danusa LUKNISOVA, “Arte Musica Italia” Agency, (Italy)
  • Ms. Alevtina IOFFE, conductor, Moscow State Opera and Ballet Natalia Sats (Russia)
  • Mr. Cumhur BöLER, Deputy Director General of State Opera (Turkey)
  • Ms. Suzana FRASHERI, soprano, professor of canto, University of Arts (Albania)
  • Ms. Katriot TUSHA, professor of canto, University of Arts (Albania)

President of the Festival:

Ms. MirelaKumbaro
Minister of Culture

Artistic Director and Producer:

Mrs. Zana ÇELA

Director:

Pali Kuke

Conductor:

Leonardo Quadrini(Italy)