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9th International Hilde Zadek Competition for Voice - April 2015

A collaboration between the Hildegard Zadek Foundation and the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Final Round - Saturday 11th April at 18h00 CEST in the Gläsernen Saal/Magna-of the Vienna Musikverein
LIVE BROADCAST of the Finals on!

The 9th Hilde Zadek Competition for Voice 2015 – The Unique Competition - will take place from April 6th-11th April at the University of Music and the Performing Arts Vienna. The competition, which takes place every two years, has been supporting the careers of young singers through the assistance of the Hildegard Zadek Foundation since 1999. The competition has a special focus on contemporary music. In addition to presenting arias and songs of all periods, a required Mozart aria, and two pieces from the 2nd Viennese School, participants are also required to present four contemporary works from 1970 to Wolfgang Rihm. Participants born after 1985 may apply to the competition, as well as young dramatic voices born after 1983. The application deadline this year was March 2, 2015.

The young participants of the Hilde Zadek Competition for Voice are given feedback and career advice during the competition rounds, thereby the focus is not only on the winners. This year the jury is lead by KS Brigitte Fassbaender. Other jury members include KS Christa Ludwig, KS Adrianne Pieczonka, Prof. Charles Spencer, Walter Kobera of the Neue Oper Wien, Sebastian Schwarz, casting administrator of Theater an der Wien, and Peter Spuhler, General Manager Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Jens Neundorff von Enzberg, General Manager of Theater Regensburg, Dr. Christian Meyer, Director of the Schönberg Center Wien and Samantha Farber, Founder and Director, sono artists/ In addition to cash prizes, special prizes will be awarded and include professional engagements from the jury members.

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For the first time this year, a newly created media jury will offer a special (Media) prize in the amount of €1000. Furthermore, the Final Round on Saturday April 11 at 18h00 can be viewed through a live webcast on, for the first time ever, and is offered free-of-charge. Since 2013 the Hilde Zadek Competition for Voice – The Unique Competition has been generously supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung . Furthermore, since 2002 the Hildegard Zadek Foundation has enjoyed a very prestigious and close collaboration with the University of Music and Performing Arts (MDW). The MDW has provided organisational support as well a location for the first rounds and Semi-Final round of the competition.

Hilde Zadek

Hilde Zadek’s story is an extraordinarly one - Born in what today is Poland, she fled growing anti-semitism; emigrating to Palestine in 1935 at age 17. That’s where the young maternity nurse realised her true calling – singing.

Returning to Europe in 1947, she made her debut in Vienna as Aida, in front of an audience still tinged by the Nazi ideology that forced her to emigrate before the war. Some had whistles ready - but they stayed silent. Instead her performance was greeted by tumultuous applause and she celebrated her first on-stage triumph,. The Vienna State Opera would remain one of her main venues for the next 25 years.

She was made an Honorary Member, belonged to the legendary post-war Mozart Ensemble and performed the great soprano rôles of the classic and romantic works as well as those of E.W. Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt”, Gottfried von Einem’s “Dantons Tod”, Franz Schmidt's “The Book with Seven Seals”, Alban Berg's “Altenberg Songs”, Gian-Carlo Menotti's “The Consul”, and music from Schönberg, Krenek and Webern. Her international career has taken her to the great opera houses of the world: New York, London, Rome, Munich and Paris, as well as at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Glyndebourne Festivals. A passionate teacher of the voice, she directed the Voice Department at the Vienna Conservatory and continues to conduct Master Classes throughout the world.

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