On 22 August, the Dutch soprano Deirdre Angenent won the Grand Prix de l’Opéra de Bucharest. She sang extracts from Die Walküre and Cavalleria Rusticana and won 6,000 euro, as well as the opportunity to sing at the Aalto Theatre in Essen.
The Grand Prix de l’Opéra is a competition arranged by the Bucharest National Opera in Romania. This competition was first held in 2013. The finals of the third edition took place from 19-23 August.
Deirdre Angenent sang the arias ‘Der Männer Sippe’ by Sieglinde from Die Walküre and ‘Voi lo Sapete’ from Cavalleria Rusticana, in front of a jury that included Gianni Tangucci, Brenda Hurley and Hein Mulders. With this performance, she beat Polish mezzo-soprano Agatha Schmidt and Polish countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski.
Deirdre studied at the ArtEZ School of Music in Arnhem with Harry van Berne as well as at the Dutch National Opera Academy. In recent years, she has performed in the Netherlands in operas such as Bluebeard’s Castle, La Clemenza di Tito and Albert Herring.