Poland's Lublin launches new vocal competition
PR dla Zagranicy
Fifty singers under 35 from 13 countries, including China and South Korea, have entered the first International Antonina Campi Vocal Competition in Lublin, eastern Poland.
The organizers hope that the event, to be held every two years, will be a springboard for young singers to an international career, while at the same time promoting the city of Lublin and the performer after whom the competition is named, who was the first Polish singer of European renown.
Prizewinners’ names will be announced on Friday.
Antonina Campi, née Miklaszewicz, was born in 1773 in Lublin and gave her first public performance at the age of 12.
Three years later, she was appointed singer at the court of the last Polish king, Stanisław August Poniatowski, whose financial support allowed her to study with some of the best teachers.
She sang major operatic roles in many European capitals. She took the surname of her Italian husband, Gaetano Campi, a renowned Mozartean singer, whom she married in 1792. They had 17 children. Antonina Campi died in 1822 in Munich. (mk/pk)