12 Singers Move to Semi-Finals in Montreal Competition

Montreal, May 27, 2015 – The Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) started on a lyrical note on Monday, May 25, as 24 young singers from nine countries were ready to take the stage at Bourgie Hall. Between May 25 and May 27, each competitor performed in a 25 to 30 minute-recital, featuring the most beautiful pages of the repertoire. After a last-minute withdrawal, the international jury has selected 12 semi-finalists among 23 competitors:

Byeong-Min GIL, bass-baritone (South Korea)
Claire DE SÉVIGNÉ, soprano (Canada)

Yauci YANES ORTEGA, tenor (Spain)
Takaoki ONISHI, baritone (Japan)

Anaïs CONSTANS, soprano (France)
Keonwoo KIM, tenor (South Korea)

Owen McCAUSLAND, tenor (Canada)
Hyekyung CHOI, soprano (South Korea)

Min Gue CHO, tenor (South Korea)
France BELLEMARE, soprano (Canada)

Vasil GARVANLIEV, baritone (Macedonia)
Hyesang PARK, soprano (South Korea)

The six finalists will be announced following the last Semi-final session on Saturday, May 30.  They will perform with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conducted by Maestro Johannes Debus on June 2 and 3, at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. The announcement of the laureates will be made following the last final session on Wednesday, June 3.

The complete musical programme of each round is available at http://concoursmontreal.ca/en/the-competitions/voice/