The 6th International Festival of Operatic Singers “Marie Kraja”

This Festival took place on 28, 29 and 30 October 2004. 20 singers from Albania, Austria, Italy, Germany, USA, Canada, Venezuela, South Korea, etc. participated in the Festival.

The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Academy of Fine Arts accompanied the singers. The 3 concerts of this Festival were broadcasted live on the Albanian Public TV.

The Prize winners of the 6th Festival were:

First Prize “Marie Kraja” Ms. Eriona Gjyzeli, soprano, (Albania)
Second Prize Ms. Artemisa Repa, soprano, (Albania)
Third Prize Ms. Burcin Cilingir, soprano, (Turkey)

The Jury of the 6th Festival:

  • Ms. Inva MULA, (Albania), Chair
  • Mr. Claudio BUCHLER, conductor (Innsbruck)
  • Ms. Giovanna LOMAZZI, Vice President of ASLICO (Milan)
  • Mr. Kim Von BINZER, Director, Royal Opera Academy (Copenhagen)
  • Ms. Klaudia EDER, Professor of canto (Frankfurt)
  • Ms. Nancy RHODES, Director, Encompass New Opera Theater (New York)
  • Mr. Philip BOSWELL, Artistic Director of the Opera of Toronto (Canada)
  • Mr. Suat ARIKAN, Director of Opera Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Mr. Martin ANDRE, conductor (London)

President of the Festival:

Mr. Edi RAMA
Mayor of Tirana

Artistic Director and Producer:

Mrs. Zana ÇELA




Martin ANDRE (UK)