A Russian mezzo is ARD winner

A Russian mezzo is ARD winner


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2018

Results of the important German singing competition:

1 Natalya Boeva, Russia, mezzo
2 Milan Siljanov, Switzerland, bass
3 Ylva Sofia Stenberg, Sweden, Soprano and Mingjie Lei, China, Tenor

The winner (pictured) is a member of the Munich Chamber Opera.


Ann Murray (Chair)
Laura Aikin
John Mark Ainsley
Bernarda Fink
Michael Nagy
Gerhild Romberger
Matti Salminen


  • YS says:

    She is exquisite. Hope to hear a lot of her in the next years.

    She has a world class timbre, round, smooth, a very good technique, she differentiates and her charisma is wonderful and she seems to be a nice person.

    She can be heard backwards and forward on Sept. 19

    Finale from 12th of Sept.




    2nd round


    All rounds


  • Andreas B. says:


    I don’t know what the Munich chamber opera is (you might think of the Bayerische Theaterakademie?) –
    starting this season, Natalya Boeava is member of the Augsburg Staatstheater:


    I look forward to hearing more of her.

  • Caravaggio says:

    Oh gawd, not another mezzo. They are a dime a dozen. Yawn.

    • Robert Groen says:

      Jeez, Caravaggio! You seem to spend an awful lot of time yawning. Time to go to bed, perhaps? Joking aside, what’s wrong with mezzos? In opera, they (and the baritones) are the sonic bedrock, carrying the musical (and often narrative) flow, while the tenors and sopranos are performing their tricks, In other words I’d rather hear the Norns than the Rhinemaidens, Erda rather than Freia, Iago rather than Otello (YES!). In other words: we need more great mezzos, not fewer.

      • YS says:

        Yesssss, thank you

      • Ms.Melody says:

        We need a great singer, period. Doesn’t matter in which vocal category. Many of the soloists and stars of today wouldn’t make it past chorus auditions 20-30 years ago. The opera is crumbling under the weight of mediocrity in singing and production values

    • YS says:

      Ok, of course God will hear your comment and only produce Sopranos in future.

      We, in fact, do have too many lyric Sopranos – most of all of poor quality in techniwue and/or timbre!!

      Good mezzos are highly appreciated as we have only few outstanding ones in competitions and on stage, so you do not have a clue of classical singing, but complain furtheron, this strengthens your Ego…