The 25-years-old tenor Petr Nekoranec is the absolute winner of one of the most famous singing competition: Francesco Viñas International Competition, which took place at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona on 22nd January 2017. Apart from the main prize, Petr also received an award of the legendary singer Plácido Domingo as well as the prize of the Management of Teatro Real de Madrid. 550 young singers from the whole world took part in this year’s competition. They were selected in preliminary rounds in European and American theatres and 100 of them received an invitation to Barcelona while 21 of them made it to the finals. The famous competition was founded in 1963 in memory of the famous Catalan tenor Francesco Viñas (1863–1933) and it happens regularly each year at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.
On 14th August, 2015, the 23-year-old tenor Petr Nekoranec made it to the semi-finals of the prestigious Queen Sonja International Singing Competition in Oslo, among 42 singers from 23 countries. Only 12 singers made the semi-finals. Peter was the youngest competitor and the only delegate from Czech Republic.
The International Singing Competition in Oslo is organized under the auspices of Her Majesty Queen Sonja since 1988. Originally a piano competition, it changed into a singing in the honour of the 100 years anniversary of the birth of the famous Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad. The jury consists of important persons from the world of opera; this year’s jury included the artistic director of the opera house in Zurich Sophie de Lint (president of the jury), Jonathan Friend from the Metropolitan Opera, General Director of the Vienna State Opera Dominique Meyer, the Artistic Advisor of the Norwegian National Opera Pal Christian Moe, Artistic Director of the German Opera in Berlin Christoph Seuferle, Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, and Danish baritone Bo Skovhus. The competition’s main organizer is the Royal Ministry of Culture, and it partners include Norwegian National Opera, Norwegian Musical Academy, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio, and the Royal Palace.
Petr Nekoranec won the 2nd Grand Prix at the International Singing Contest Concours International de Chant in Toulouse, France!