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Ana Vieira Leite was the winner of the 11th edition of the Portuguese Rotary Foundation Lyrical Singing Contest.
The young soprano, also awarded with the best interpretation of Portuguese song, received the Cidade de Lisboa scholarships, in the amount of € 5,000, and Nucase, in the amount of € 300, an incentive for the continuation of her studies and beginning of career. The young woman was also invited to perform a Recital at Casa de Portugal, at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, awarded as the Casa de Portugal Prize – André Gouveia. The final proof of the Lyrical Singing Contest took place today, in the Small Auditorium of the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB).
In second place was soprano Sílvia Sequeira, who was awarded the Portuguese Rotary Foundation scholarship, in the amount of € 3,500, and in third place, soprano Rita Marques, who was awarded the Governors of the Rotary Districts 1960 and 1970 scholarship, in the value of € 2,000.
The prize for best foreign song interpretation was awarded to baritone Luís Rendas Pereira, who received the € 300 Cascais Villa scholarship, and the prize for best performance by Ária de Ópera was awarded to soprano Rita Marques, who received the Professor Joana Silva scholarship, in the amount of € 300.
The prize for the best accompanying pianist was awarded to Mariana Godinho, who received the € 500 Rotary Club of Cascais-Estoril scholarship. The audience present at the event also awarded the baritone Tiago Amado Gomes, who received the Maria Antonieta Taveira scholarship, in the amount of 500 €.
The 11th edition of the Lyrical Singing Contest returned to the stage in April to promote the meeting of young lyric singers, with advanced studies and at the beginning of their careers. After being postponed, in November 2020, due to the current pandemic situation, the Lyrical Singing Contest took place between April 14th and 30th, with events in several locations in the country, such as Angra do Heroísmo, Porto and Cascais .
The Portuguese Rotary Foundation’s Lyrical Singing Contest has been asserting itself as a major initiative in the dissemination of lyrical singing at national level, since 2007. It has already awarded a wide range of singers who currently score on national and international stages, among the which include sopranos Susana Gaspar and Sónia Grané, half-soprano Cátia Moreso or baritones André Baleiro and Hugo Oliveira.