03 September 2014, Wednesday
Successful performance at the competition
Ekaterina Morozova , who demonstrated brilliant performance of the part of Fiordiligi in the new production of the opera "Cosi fan Tutte" by W.A. Mozart at the end of the previous season and became the participant of the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program, succeeded again: she won the 2nd prize at the prestigious Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki.
The competition, named after the famous Finnish singer and pedagogue Mirjam Helin, is organized once every five years. The program is very diverse in terms of styles (baroque music, German Lieder, opera and concert arias and songs by Finnish composers); in the first and the second rounds the participants sing with an accompanist, but in the final round they are accompanied by The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The "Mirjam Helin-2014" jury was headed by Jorma Silvasti, the artistic director of Savonlinna Opera Festival. The jury was composed of outstanding singers: Maria Guleghina, Deborah Voigt, Franz Grundheber, Robert Hall and others.
Video recording of Morozova's performance is available at: http://areena.yle.fi/tv/2356710
Ekaterina Morozova chose the following pieces to perform at the competition: aria No. 16 ("Rejoice greatly") from the "Messiah" oratorio by G. F. Handel, the romance "If Only I Had Known" by P. Tchaikovsky, "Auch kleine Dinge: by H. Wolf (from the Italian Songbook), the aria of Fiordiligi "Temerari...Come scoglio" from the 1st act of the opera "Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart (1st round of the competition), "The Diamonds on the Snow" (Six songs for voice and piano, No. 6) by J. Sibelius, Five poems by Anna Akhmatova for voice and piano by S. Prokofiev, the romance "Stuffy Hop" by S. Slonimsky, the aria of Imogene "Col sorriso d'innocenza!" from the 2nd act of the opera "Il Pirata" by V. Bellini (2nd round), the aria of Gabriel "Nun beut die Flur das frische Gíјn" from the oratorio "The Creation" by J. Haydn and the cavatina of Semiramide "Bel raggio lusinghier" from the 1st act of the opera "Semiramide" by G. Rossini.