VOICE 2018 Edition – Aria DIVISION
Biography 2018: Mihail Mihaylov was born in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. After studying the violin, he began singing lessons at the age of sixteen. He graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov National Music Academy in Sofia, where he studied with Ivanka Ninova. Mihail Mihaylov made his opera playing the part of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, which led to various roles and performances in most of the Bulgarian opera houses as well as at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet.
Mihail has performed at Royal Festival Hall, London (UK), the Kremlin in Moscow (Russia), Gasteig (Munich, Germany), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid, Spain), Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona, Spain), Théâtre de Vevey (Switzerland), Osaka Festival Hall (Japan) and Teatro del Giglio (Lucca, Italy).
In 2015, Mihail won the Grand Prize at the Romansiada International Song Competition (Moscow, Russia) and Second Prize at the 4th Richard Strauss International Chamber Music Competition (Sofia, Bulgaria).
Mihail Mihaylov is generously sponsored by Les Productions Denise Robert.
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Voice 2018 – Program
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis (Evgeny Onegin)
Che gelida manina (La Bohème)
Pourquoi me réveiller ô souffle du printemps (Werther)
Official pianist: Esther Gonthier
Una furtiva lagrima (L’elisir d’amore)
Cujus animam gementem (Stabat Mater)
Di rigori armato il seno (Der Rosenkavalier)
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Esther Gonthier, piano
Esther Gonthier is much in demand in the world of vocal music. She regularly works for the Opéra de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Opéra de Québec and the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz, among others. She has assisted such renowned conductors as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Franz- Paul Decker, Rafaël Frühbeck de Burgos, Eliahu Inbal, Michel Plasson, Charles Dutoit, and Kent Nagano. She has over 80 operas in her repertoire and often works with young singers at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the Université de Montréal, and the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.