Sasha Djihanian wins grand prize at the COC
Representing Canada at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011 (above video)
Here is a bit of background on the soprano who won over the jury at this year’s Ensemble Studio Competition, guaranteeing herself a place in the Young Artist Program at the Canadian Opera Company.“Sasha Djihanian was born in Montreal and is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal with honours of First Prize and Great Distinction.
She is a Jacqueline Desmarais Grant Holder, winner of the Third Prize at the Czech and Slovak International Competition, and Second Prize at the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. Ms Djihanian was a national finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the 2011 Queen Elisabeth Competition and a finalist in the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Upcoming performances include Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Micaëla in Carmen at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy with Lorin Maazel conducting.”
Performing Signore, ascolta, from Puccini’s Turandot:
I’ll let Sasha take over and tell you about some of the competitions she has participated in, including Cardiff, Met Opera, and the Queen Elizabeth, talk about her favourite music and what she believes is the key to attracting younger audiences to opera.