International Festival of Operatic Singers “Marie Kraja”
18th Edition
The 18th International Festival of Operatic Singers “Marie Kraja”

The 18th Festival took place in Tirana at the Theatre of Opera and Ballet on March 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2022. Around 250 singers applied for participation, and joined the auditions. 15 singers were qualified to the semifinals phase of the Festival in Tirana. During the semifinals, which took place on March 28th and 29th all singers presented one aria in each of the nights. The final took place on March 30th with 8 qualified singers from the semifinals competing with their best aria. In parallel to this competition, singers also competed for a song prize with most famous repertoire of world classic song legends. During the whole competition, singers were accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Theater of Opera and Ballet directed by the British conductor, Martin André.

This Festival was broadcast live on the Albanian Public Television RTSH through a terrestrial and satellite broadcast for Europe and North America. Famous guest artists were invited to perform during the Festival. The printed and electronic media expressed higher interest to the Festival.

The Prize winners of the 18th Festival were:

First Prize “Marie Kraja”Ms. Carolina Moreno, soprano (Germany)
Second PrizeMr. Samuel Park, baritone (South Korea)
Third PrizeMs. Yulia Merkudinova, soprano (Ukraine)
Song PrizeMs. Yulia Merkudinova, soprano (Ukraine)

The Jury of the 18th Festival:

  • Ms. Ana Maria Meo, President of "Opera Europa", General Manager of Teatro Regio di Parma
  • Mr. Szilveszter Ókovács, Director General of the Hungarian State Opera
  • Mr. Plamen Kartaloff, Director of Sofia Opera and Ballet
  • Mr. Stefan Vogel, Director of the Theatre of Lucerne | Switzerland
  • Ms. Zana Çela, Director General, Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Albania
  • Ivan van Kalmthout, General Manager of the International Vocal Competition, Amsterdam
  • Mr. Anatolii Solovianenko, stage director, National Opera of Ukraine
  • Ms. Danusa Luksinova, Artists’ Manager, Italy and Slovakia
  • Mr. Martin Andre, conductor, London
  • Ms. Vikena Kamenica, lead soloist, Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Albania

President of the Festival:

Ms. Zana Çela

Artistic Director and Producer:

Artistic Director: Martin André (UK)

Producer: Association "Culture-Media- Arts" ©2022


TV, and Stage Director: Redi Treni


Martin André (UK)