The Mirjam Helin Competition, where judges are not allowed to discuss contestants, was won last night by Stefan Astakhov and Johanna Wallroth.
The judges’ rankings were:
1st prize: Stefan Astakhov, baritone, German
2nd prize: Rodrigo Sosa Dal Pozzo, countertenor, Italian, Venezuelan
3rd prize: Bryan Murray, baritone, American
4th prize: Jussi Juola, bass-baritone, Finnish
1st prize: Johanna Wallroth, soprano, Swedish
2nd prize: Olga Cheremnykh, soprano, Russia
3rd prize: Teaa An, mezzo-soprano, South Korean
4th prize: Palesa Malieloa, soprano, South African
1st prize €30 000, 2nd prize €20 000, 3rd prize €15 000 and 4th prize €10 000.
The members of the Jury vote independently and do not discuss the performances during the voting procedure. The chairman of the 2019 Jury is the Artistic Director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Jorma Silvasti. The members are Olaf Bär, Ben Heppner, Vesselina Kasarova, François Le Roux, Waltraud Meier, Deborah Polaski and Kiri Te Kanawa.