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The Cultural European Academy of Rome announced the winners of the VI edition of the International Vocal Competition of Sacred Music. Cuban singer Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, who is currently studying in Milan, won the third price of the competition.

The competition is the only in the world completely dedicated to soloist repertoire of sacred music. The competition was held in Rome at the Santa Caterina di Siena church and in the Basilica de los Santos Apostoles, between the 6th and the 10th of November 2007.
The competition was organized every year by the Cultural European Academy of Roma. The Gala concert was broadcasted via satellite by the TelePace network and recorded and broadcasted later on by Radio Vaticana.

The jury was made by Mons. Valentino Miserachs Grau, president of the Pontifical Institute of Sacra Music, Gianni Tangucci, artistic adviser of the San Carlo di Napoli Theatre, Alessandro Bonelli, responsible for the casting of the Arena di Verona Foundation, Branko Mihanovic, artistic director of the National Croate Opera di Zagabria, Udo Gefe, former Artistic Director of the Opera Theatre of Frankfurt, Patrick Allen, Director of the agency Connaught Artists Management, of London, Cristiano Sandri, manager of the Agenzia Lírica Internacional Opera Management di Verona and Daniela de Marco founder and artistic director of the Concurso.a Giur.

Yetzabel Arias Fernandezs musical studies started in Cuba at the capitals Alejandro García Caturla school. In 1993 she obtains the Diploma of Director of Choirs at the Amadeo Roldan conservatoire and in 2000 she is awarded at the Singing speciality of the Higher Art Institute (ISA, after the Spanish initials), taught by the prestigious soprano and teacher María Eugenia Barrios.

She continues her studies at the Internacional Music Academy of Milan, attending among other courses the Laboratory of XVII century Italian Music and the Singing Class of the teacher Vincenzo Manno.

During these years she has had an intense artistic activity. Her repertoire is mainly the Renaissance and Baroque music, as well as lyric opera, not forgetting some contemporary works.
Among the most important presentations is the participation at the JS Bach Profane Songs Season at the Verdi Auditorium of Milan, under the direction of Ruben Jais. She sing the JS Bach Magnificat at the Symphonic Orchestra of Rai de Turin under the direction of Helmuth Rilling and the Misa of Igor Stravinsky at the Ensemble "I solisti della Scala di Milano.

She is currently colaborating with several Italian vocal - instrument groups, among which there are the Cappella dei Turchini de Napoles, La Divina armonía, Orquesta Milano Classica, Fantazyas and La Venexiana. With the latest group she sang in important European festivals, such as Lufthansa Festival in London, Festival of Early Music, Helsinki, Festival of Old Music in Brugges, Festival Nuits Musicales d'Uzes in France, Festival de Organo de León, Festival of Cologne, Weingarten and Regensburg in Germany, Melk in Austria and Povoa in Portogallo. Her concerts have been recorded and transmitted by Rai Radio 3.

In 2005 she won the second award at the International Competition of Baroque Songs .Provenzale de la Cappella dei Turchini in Naples and in 2006 she won the First Price, the Price of the Public and the Festival Price of the Printemps des Arts in Nantes. In this festival she sang together with Jory Vinikour (member of the "Les Musicians du Louvre") at the Graslin theatre in Nantes with very good reception of the public and the critic.


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