International Festival of Operatic Singers “Marie Kraja”
8th Edition
The 8th International Festival of Operatic Singers “Marie Kraja”

The Festival took place in Tirana on 7, 8, and 9 November 2007. About 100 singers from four continents competed in different countries during the selection phase. The first phase, which was the applications phase, took place from May to September 2007. The auditions qualified 25 singers to continue their competition in Tirana during the 3 days of the Festival. The first appearance was an audition with piano of 25 singers before the International Jury. In the second and third day of the Festival, the singers performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Academy of Arts directed by the Italian conductor, Leonardo Quadrini. The Festival was broadcast live on the Albanian Public Television through a terrestrial and satellite transmission in Europe and North America.

15 singers competed during the second day, and 10 singers during the final day of the Festival, heading towards the three Festival big Prizes.

The Prize winners of the 8th Festival were:

First Prize “Marie Kraja”Mr. Dang Jong Il, baritone (South Korea)
Second PrizeMr. Michael Fischi, tenor (Belgium)
Third PrizeMs. Iva Mrvosh, mezzo-soprano (Serbia)

The Jury of the 8th Festival:

  • Mr. Nicholas PAYNE, Director of Opera Europa (London), Chair
  • Ms. Giovanna LOMAZZI, Vice President of ASLICO (Milan)
  • Mr. Kim Von BINZER, Director of the Royal Opera Academy (Copenhagen)
  • Ms. Nancy RHODES, Director of Encompass New Opera Theater (New York)
  • Mr. Rainer ZAGOVEC, President of “Zagovec Concert” Company (Frankfurt)
  • Mr. Burhan SPAHIU, professor of canto, (Albania)
  • Ms. Suzana FRASHERI, professor of canto, (Albania)
  • Ms. Danusa LUKNISOVA, “Arte Musica Italia” Agency, (Italy)
  • Mr. Suat ARIKAN, Artictic Director of the Opera of Izmir, (Turkey)

President of the Festival:

Mr. Ylli PANGO
Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports

Artistic Director and Producer:

Mrs. Zana ÇELA




Leonardo QUADRINI (Italy)