This biennial international competition was established in 2000 in London to promote Czech opera and provide a platform to showcase young talent. Its popularity has motivated us to stage the finals in Prague, the birthplace of Emmy Destinn. We hope it will become one of the major events in the diary of international competitions for young vocalists.
To commemorate 10 years of the Foundation and the 130th anniversary of Emmy Destinn’s birth we have created two new awards in 2008, Czech Song Prize and the Dvořák Society of Great Britain Prize which we hope will inspire young singers to explore the great wealth of Czech songs.
The competition is open to young singers of any nationality, involved in the advanced study of classical singing. Participants are requested to prepare a programme of contrasting arias and songs, which must include a Czech aria and a Czech song. For Czech and Slovak nationals, one aria must be in English.
In 1998, the first Emmy Destinn International Award ‘the divine voice’, created by Irena Sedlecká FRBS, was awarded to the celebrated Australian diva Dame Joan Sutherland at our Opera Gala Benefit Concert, at St John's Smith Square. In September 2001 the award was given to the great Czech soprano Gabriela Beňačková at An Evening of Czech Opera, at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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