The Tenor Viñas opera competition celebrates 60 years of success together with the Puig foundation

The first prize at this historic 60th edition, awarded by the Puig Foundation, went to the South Korean Yewon Han.

In 2023 the Tenor Viñas opera competition celebrates six decades as one of the world’s most prestigious events in this musical genre.

The Puig foundation has continued to support Tenor Viñas over the years because of the genuine value the competition has brought both to opera as a genre and to its presence in Barcelona, which has now lasted six decades and which it aims to continue for many more years.

The auspicious occasion of its 60th anniversary features 547 singers from 59 different countries, with the winner being Yewon Han from South Korea,taking the first prize awarded by the Puig foundation and the Gran Teatre del Liceu foundation.

The 24 year-old South Korean soprano earned prestigious international recognition as well as a prize of 25,000 euros and a contract with the Gran Teatre del Liceu foundation for the coming seasons.

The prize was awarded by an international jury made up of Víctor Garcia de Gomar as president, June Anderson, Julien Benhamou, Alessandro Galoppini, Paul Hopper, Peter Mario Katona, Joan Matabosch, Pal Moe, Christian Schirm, Christoph Seuferle and Toby Spence.

For its 60th anniversary Tenor Viñas took a step beyond the competition itself to present the exhibition “OFF-Viñas: 60 anys”, which highlighted all the actions led by the body over the last six decades: singing courses, lectures and concerts, as well as showcasing its indispensable partners and charismatic presenters.

The occasion of the anniversary also saw the launch of a documentary reviewing the history of the competition, available for viewing on the Liceu+ platform.

The documentary tells the story of the Tenor Viñas himself, a major international star singer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and that of the creators and the soul of the competition, his relatives Jacint and Maria Vilardell. The film features singers who have won the competition, general and artistic directors of the world’s great opera houses, patrons from the city, volunteers and pianists, among others.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu is also represented in the person of its highestinstitutional representatives.

All these commemorative steps add to the prestige of the competition and show its essential legacy for the city of Barcelona and its inhabitants, a legacy that is set to carry on in the future with the continued support of the Puig foundation.