Hungarian tenor wins Belgian singing prize

26th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

The 27-year-old tenor beat two mezzo-sopranos from France and Poland to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Prize.

26 May 2008

BRUSSELS - Hungarian tenor Szabolcs Brickner, 27, won Belgium's prestigious Queen Elisabeth Prize for singing, organisers said Sunday, beating two mezzo-sopranos, Isabelle Druet from France and Poland's Bernadetta Grabias.

The contestants had been whittled down to 12 by the weekend, from 72 singers from 29 different countries, when it began on 8 May.

The prize, originally founded in 1937 for violinists by the Bavarian wife of the late king Albert, now honours pianists, composers and singers as well in a rotating four-year programme.

It is given to up-and-coming classical musicians who aspire to an international career.

[AFP / Expatica]

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