Kristina Mkhitaryan, an artist of the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program, received another prestigious award; the singer won the 1st prize at the the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition. This competition has been organized in the city of Vercelli (Italy) since 1950. The first prize is named after Joseph Robbone, a teacher of the music lyceum in Vercelli and the founder of the competition, which marks the memory of the famous composer and violinist Gian Battista Viotti, who was born in Vercelli province.
The competition has three rounds. In the first two rounds the competitors perform with a concert master, in the third one - with the orchestra (Carlo Coccia Symphony Orchestra of Novara, conductor - A. Ferrari). All performances take place in the most beautiful ancient building of Teatro Civico di Vercelli. In the first round the contestant is required to sing two arias of their choice among the six presented for the competition. In the semifinal round the contestant is required to sing one aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and one aria of their choice among the six presented for the competition, other than the ones performed in the first round. Contestants admitted to the final round are required to sing two arias selected by the jury among the six presented for the competition. The jury is headed by Pietro Borgonovo (Italy), Artistic director of the Viotti Music Competition.
In the final round with the orchestra Kristina Mkhitaryan performed the aria of Pamina "Ach, ichfühl's, esistverschwunden" from the second act of the opera "Die Zauberflöte" by W.A. Mozart and the aria of Lucia di Lammermoor from the same name opera by Donizetti. Apart from the money prize, the winner is granted an opportunity to perform in a concert with the Orchestra Camerata Ducale at the Teatro Civico of Verceli, on January 31st 2015. The orchestra was founded in 1992 in order to promote Viotti's creative works; nowadays the orchestra is famous all over the world.
Kristina Mkhitaryan has achieved international success for the second year in a row; in 2013 the singer won another major international vocalists' contest - the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo.