Academy Student Wins Three Prizes at Tenor Viñas Contest

-Posted on 23.01.2018

Royal Academy Opera student Freddie De Tommaso took home three prizes at the 55th Tenor Viñas Contest, the final of which was held on Sunday in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. As well as winning the grand prize ‘Francisco Viñas’, De Tommaso took home the Plácido Domingo prize for tenor and the Verdi prize. The grand prize includes a contract offered by the Fundació Gran Teatre del Liceu for a future season.

Founded in 1963 by Jacint Vilardell to commemorate Catalan tenor Francesc Viñas, the competition has become one of the major vocal competitions, in which young singers from all over the world take part each year.

De Tommaso joined the Academy in 2013 on the undergraduate course and graduated in summer 2017 with first class honours. He is now continuing his studies with Professor Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham on The Royal Academy’s Opera Course.

De Tommaso made his Royal Opera House debut in March 2017 singing the role of an apprentice in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Kasper Holten. In April 2018, he will sing the title role in Mozart's Idomeneo for the Amersham Festival.

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