2nd World Voice E-Competition 2021


The “Napolinova World Voice E-Competition 2021” is created with the goal of providing young cellists with an opportunity to show their creativity . The pandemic has forced all of us to stay at home, and to cancel our concerts, festivals and live competitions. Young artists continue to work hard and we want to give them a chance to present themselves and their progress. This Competition is organized by “Napolinova”, a musical association that has for more than twenty years engaged in the promotion of young artists through the creation of musical events. The jury members reside on different continents, but each is known worldwide. We will avail ourselves of their great experience and expertise, and ensure that the whole process is fair and transparent. The complete list of applicants will be made public. Each jury member’s votes will be made public after the conclusion of the event. Winners will receive wide exposure through broadcasts, social media, and even live concerts, to help their artistic career. Scholarships and concerts will be awarded at winners.
Ex-aequo are allowed. In case of ex-aequo, the prizes will be divided.
The scholarships awarded will be equal to 50% of the registration fees paid for this Competition.
At the conclusion of the competition, participants who do not win prizes can choose whether to make their videos public, or keep them unlisted. The winners must immediately go on YouTube or YouKu and make sure their videos’ settings are switched to “public”. Those videos will be posted on the “Napolinova” Association’s Facebook Page and in social the jury members.



Cat. A) Singers at the first years ( universitary or private studies) - video of minimum 4 max 7 minutes

Cat. B) Singers undergoing (universitary or private training) with few experience of competitions and/or opera productions - video of minimum 7 maximum 10 minutes

Cat. C) Singers with advanced (universitary or private) training and with experience of opera productions and / or finalist or winner of major competitions - video of minimum 10 maximum 15 minutes

The category choice is free and self-assessed by the participants based on their experiences and ambitions.
It is possible to enroll in only one category.


Daniela del Monaco (Conservatorio di Napoli - IT) - Valeria Esposito (Conservatorio di Cesena - IT)
 Antoinette Halloran (Conservatorio di Melbourne - AU)  - Dora Kutschi (Conservatorio di Vorarlberg - AT)
Lori MacCaan (Conservatorio di Montclair - USA) - Paola Francesca Natale (Conservatorio di Salerno - IT)
Nancy Yuen (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts – Hong Kong)


All prizes are subject to tax withholding according to Italian fiscal laws

The winners the online concert will be awarded the chance to perform a live-streamed concert from a location of their choice. Duration will depend on their age and repertoire, but in any case total duration will not exceed 30 minutes. Prize winners may decide to record a performance instead of streaming it live. Either the live or the recorded performance will be published on the "Napolinova" Facebook page, and on the Facebook, WeChat, YouTube, or Youku platforms of the jury members.

Application Fees

Cat. A: € 40 - Cat. B: € 60 - Cat. C: € 80

Applications must be received in full. Any bank fees must be paid by the sender,
or the application will be deemed not valid.

(in alphabetical order)


Born in Neaples, has appeared in productions of eighteenth century opera and recitals of both chamber music and operatic arias at La Fenice (Venice), Teatro Comunale (Treviso), Semper Oper (Dresden), Accademia Chigiana (Siena), Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Theatre of Tirana, Fondacion Gulbenkian (Lisbon), and in Bremen, Köln, Münich, Bergen, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires (Teatro Coliseo), Caracas; in China (Beijin and Shanghai). With the Baroque ensemble “Cappella de’ Turchini” she has performed in many prestigious venues: Teatro di S. Carlo, Associazione Scarlatti di Napoli, Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Konzerthaus (Wien), Philharmonie (Berlin), Cité de la Musique (Paris), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid), as well as in numerous international festivals. Daniela del Monaco has recorded for RAI, Radio Vaticana and Radiotelevisione della Svizzera italiana, and made records for Symphonia, Virgin–Emi, Nuova Era and Opus 111. With the guitarist Antonio Grande has recorded 3 CD, long research works on the Neapolitan musical repertory and its invaluable artistic heritage. She graduated in Philosophy. She teaches Singing at the Conservatorio “S.Pietro a Majella” in Naples. contralto.


Andrea Oliva - Biografia Valeria Esposito is an Italian coloratura soprano, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the world in 1987 She has sung in the most important opera houses of the world ( La Scala of Milan, San Carlo of Naples, Staatsoper of Wien and Berlin, Opera Bastille of Paris, Capitole de Toulouse, Opernhaus of Zürich, Liceu of Barcelona etc.) under the direction of famous conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Spiros Argiris, Daniel Baremboim, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Ascher Fish, Daniele Gatti, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Gustav Kuhn, Alain Lombard, Peter Maag, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Zoltan Pesko, Donato Renzetti, etcetera. Valeria has worked, between the others, with the following stage directors: Pupi Avati,, Filippo Crivelli, Hugo de Ana, Beppe de Tomasi, Costa Gavras, Werner Herzog, Jonathan Miller, Roman Polanskj, Luca Ronconi, Jerome Savary, Maurizio Scaparro. Valeria has performed, among others, the following roles: Queen of the Night – Zauberflöte (more than 160 performances); Konstanze - Entführung aus dem Serail ; Fiorilla - Turco in Italia; Giulia - Scala di Seta ; Madama Cortese - Viaggio a Reims ; Amina – Sonnambula; Alaide - Straniera ; Elvira – Puritani; Linda - Linda di Chamonix ; Lucia - Lucia di Lammermoor; Marie - La Fille du Régiment; Adina - Elisir d’Amore ; Norina - Don Pasquale; Rita - Rita ; Gilda – Rigoletto; Nannetta – Falstaff; Manon Lescaut - Manon by Massenet; Violetta - Traviata ; Lakme - Lakmé ; Olympia - Les Contes d’Hoffmann ; Adele - Fledermaus ; Musetta -Bohème -Zerbinetta - Ariadne auf Naxo; Cunegonde - Candide ; Hanna Glawari, Valencienne The Merry Widow ; Euridice, Amore- Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck; Micaela, Carmen. Valeria has also made Radio and Television recordings for Radio France, RTSI, Vara Radio, RAI, BBC, ARD, Antenne 2 and the DVD of Elisir d’Amore for Rai Trade. Among her prestigious interpretations are Queen of the Night at the Berlin Staatsoper directed by M° Baremboim, and at La Scala directed by M° Muti, and the role of Nannetta (Falstaff) in Ferrara, directed by M° Claudio Abbado. In 2006 Valeria sang in the New Year’s concert for the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, broadcast by RAI1. In May 2010 Valeria performed at the Sala Nervi in the Vatican in the Salve Regina by Pergolesi, in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. Born in Naples, Valeria Esposito graduated in voice at the Conservatory of Salerno and languages at the University of Naples (English, Russian, French). Later she studied Spanish and obtained the Proficiency Degree in English Studies, Grosses Deutsches Diplom and the Diplome approfondi de Langue Française. Since 2009 Valeria is a teacher of opera singing in various Italian Conservatories. Besides music ,Valeria is interested in literature and has published a novel set in the difficult world of Opera, Spirto Gentil – Prospettiva editrice, 2005, a book of fairy tales, l’Inventafiabe - Statale 11 Editrice, 2007, the collection of novels Violetta vendicata ed altri fantasmi al’opera - Graus Editore, 2009, the e-book Regina@.it - Lulu.com, a collection of poems Le Ali del Suono - ilmiolibro.it .


One of Australia’s most accomplished and best-loved sopranos, Antoinette Halloran performs regularly with all the major Australasian opera companies and symphony orchestras and appears frequently on national television and radio. Recent engagements included the title role in Tosca and Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth, for West Australian Opera (Helpmann Award nomination), The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen for Victorian Opera and the State Opera, (Helpmann Award nomination), associate artist for José Carreras’ National Tour and concert appearances with the Melbourne, West Australian and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras. She returned to Opera Australia in 2018 as Praskovya in The Nose. In 2017 Antoinette was awarded the Alumni Grant by the prestigious Acclaim Awards, enabling her to audition at opera houses including the MET and Covent Garden. She is honored to be an ambassador for The Acclaim Awards. She has an Honors Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne where she is now on the teaching staff, and regularly gives Masterclasses and vocal tuition. She has recently been contracted to join the prestigious list of tutors at Online Virtuoso. Leading appearances for Opera Australia have included the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Rusalka, Mimi in La bohème, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Green Room Award), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni Fata Morgana in The Love for Three Oranges and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus; for New Zealand Opera – Mimi, Cio-Cio-San and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd; for Victorian Opera – Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Mrs Lovett (Helpmann Award nomination); for Opera Queensland – the title role in The Merry Widow; for State Opera of South Australia – Micaela in Carmen. Antoinette also featured as a guest judge and panelist on the ABC television series Operatunity Oz, and appeared regularly on the hit show Spicks and Specks and was a presenter for ABC’s Art Nation – covering stories on opera and music theatre. In concert, she has sung with Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet for the Sydney Festival, Mozart’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Carmina Burana with the Melbourne Chorale, El Niño with Sydney Philharmonia and Haydn’s Creation and Fauré’s Requiem with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. Antoinette has also been a regular visitor to Japan, China and Indonesia where she is much in demand as a guest artist. She recorded Puccini Romance for ABC Classics with tenor Rosario La Spina and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.


The mezzo - soprano Dora Kutschi was born in Bulgaria and has lived in Vienna and Feldkirch (Austria) since 1993. After studying piano at the academic high school "Ljubomir Pipkov" (Sofia) and voice at the Bulgarian State Conservatoire (Sofia), she completed her academic education at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (voice, oratorio, opera) in the class of Prof. Helene Karusso.

She has won several prizes in various vocal competitions, such as:
- "Svetoslav Obretenov" (Provadia, Bulgaria)
- "Tito Schipa" (Lecce, Italy)
- "Gianfranco Masini" (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
- "Kammeroper Schloß Rheinsberg" in (Berlin, Germany)-where she won twice

She performed amongst other things at:

the Vienna Volksoper (Austria), De Vlaamse Oper Antwerp/Ghent, (Belgium), Opera de Bastille (Paris, France), Teatro Politeama Greco Lecce, (Italy), Teatro Municipale Vali, Reggio Emilia, (Italy), Wiener Festwochen (Austria), Konzerthaus Vienna, Schönberg Zentrum and Schlosstheater Schönbrunn (Vienna, Austria), Summer Festspiele Klosterneuburg, (Austria), Salzburger Festival / Summer Academy Salzburg (Austria), Festspielhause Bregenz and Music Theatre Vorarlberg (Austria), Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (Germany), Municipal Theatre Brandenburg (Germany), Landesbühnen Sachsen Dresden/Radebeul (Germany), Hans Otto Theatre Potsdam (Germany), Städtebundtheater Hof/Bayreuth (Germany), Philharmonic Orchestra Offenburg (Germany), Festival della Musica Sacra "Anima Mundi" Pisa,(Italy), Forum Philharmonisch Enschede, (Netherlands), Théâtre de Beausobre Morges, (Switzerland), Opera Vaduz (Liechtenstein), Operetta Liechtenstein, Bratislava Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovakia), Opera Pilsen (Czech), Palais Yeniköy (Istanbul), Cankaya Concert Hall (Ancara) etc.

Since 2003, Dora Kutschi has worked as a Professor for Solo Singing at the Vorarlberg State Conservatory in Feldkirch, Austria.


Soprano and pedagogue Lori McCann holds a DMA and Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has performed extensively in Europe and the United States appearing in opera, oratorio and concert performances. Roles include: Mozart’s Pamina, Countess, Fiordiligi and Second Lady, Mimi, The Governess, Fulvia (Ezio, Händel), Janacek’s The Fox, Giulia (La scala di seta), Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), and Mary Warren (The Crucible). Orchestral repertoire includes Brahms, Mozart, Händel, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Mahler, Canteloube, Monteverdi, Bernstein, and Zarzuela repertoire. She has received many awards and prizes for her singing including National Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Dr. Lori McCann has been a vocal pedagogue for over 30 years. She heads the Vocal Performance Program at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, where she teaches applied voice, lyric diction, vocal pedagogy, vocal technique for musical theater, performance practicum and chamber ensemble. She was a Faculty Artist at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), in Graz, Austria for over a decade and is in demand in the US and Europe as a masterclass clinician adjudicator and mentor teacher. Dr. McCann’s research interests include lyric diction, developmental pedagogy, zarzuela and university voice and choral faculty collaboration. She has presented at national and international conferences, including the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) the International Music Educators Conference (IMEC), The Voice Foundation, National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) national conferences and workshops. In addition to these presentations, Dr. McCann is quite active in leadership roles locally, regionally and nationally with NATS which is the national professional organization for voice teachers in the US. She has just completed her second term as the NATS Eastern Region Governor and is currently serving as Past President and board member of the NYC chapter. She is especially active with their Mentor Teacher Program locally and nationally.


Musical Studies
Born in Matera, she studied piano and vocal arts. As a very young girl she was awarded a scholarship at the Teatro dell’Opera of Rome. She attended various masters led by, for example: Protti, Bruscantini, Battaglia, Alva, Olivero ecc.

She has won many awards among which the 1st Premio Concorso Battistini (City of Rome) twice for the role of Musetta and the 1st award Premio Concorso Battistini 2000 for the role of Zerlina. During her artistic career, Paola Francesca Natale performed under the direction of Oren, Battistoni, Mariotti, Clemencic, Gelmetti, Renzetti, Carignani, Lombard, Mastrangelo, Arena, Pidò, Palumbo, Rizzi, Abbado, etc.; she worked with stage directors like: De Hana, Savary, Zeffirelli, Proietti, Brockhaus. She performed with: Placido Domingo, Mariella Devia, Maria Guleghina, Daniela Dessì, Renato Bruson, Leo Nucci. She worked in theatres like: San Carlo di Napoli, Opera of Rome, Fenice inVenice, Verdi in Trieste, Petruzzelli in Bari, NHK Hall and Orchard Hall in Tokyo. She was in tournée in Usa and Canada. She recently performed in the following productions: Teatro dell’Opera of Rome, Marie Victorie by O. Respighi, as world premiere; Teatro Verdi of Salerno, L'elisir d'amore; Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, Teatro dell’Opera of Rome, The Mask of Punkitititi by M. Taralli, in world premiere. She debuted in January 2014 in Parsifal set up by Teatro Comunale di Bologna under the direction of Roberto Abbado, for the official opening of the lyrical season 2013-14 dedicated to Wagner celebrations. In February 20015 she came back into the Teatro Comunale of Bologna with Madama Butterfly, under the direction of Hirofumi Yoshida and into Teatro San Carlo of Naples with Cenerentola in June 2015.

Recent commitments
Elektra in the Teatro Comunale of Bologna (November 2015), awarded with Premio Abbiati 2015 for opera direction. Suor Angelica in the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli (May - June 2016) She frequently works in drama theater, recently for Rai3 (Italian Television) Among last performances, she took part in the following lyrical productions: Lehar: La Vedova Allegra (The Merry Widows) – Teatro Bellini of Catania / Teatri Verdi of Padua. A. Colonna, Verde Menta (world premiere) Mozart, The Magic Flute, Verdi Theater in Salerno Mendelssohn, A Midsummer night's dream, S. Carlo Theater She coworked for many years with prof. Massimo Borghese for the sake of foniatry. She is in full charge for Vocal Teaching in the 'B. Marcello' Conservatory of Venice. Next performance will be in Elisir d'amore in the Teatro Massimo 'Bellini' in Catania.


U.K. educated, Hong Kong born Singaporean soprano Nancy Yuen, has made Cio-cio-san (Madama Butterfly) her signature role winning great international critical acclaim immediately upon graduation from London’s Royal Academy of Music. She made her operatic debut in this demanding Puccini’s title heroine with the Welsh National Opera and has since repeated the role all over the world, notably with the English National Opera, West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland, Opera Northern Ireland, Bangkok Opera, Singapore Lyric Opera, the 1994 New Zealand International Festival of Arts, the 1995 Barbados Opera Festival and the Royal Albert Hall production by David Freeman for Raymond Gubbay Limited in 1998, 2000 and 2003. Other operatic roles include Romilda (Xerxes) with the English National Opera; Violetta (La Traviata) with the Welsh National Opera, Singapore Lyric Opera and London City Opera; Aida with Kentish Opera and Dublin Lyric Opera Productions; Gilda (Rigoletto), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Siok Imm (Bunga Mawar), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Antonia (Les contes D’Hoffmann), Countessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Liu (Turandot) and the title role of Tosca with the Singapore Lyric Opera; Liza (The Queen of Spades), with Kentish Opera; Mimi (La Boheme) with the London City Opera, SLO and Bangkok Opera; Jenny (Mahagony Songspiel) with Theatre d’Evreux, Micaela (Carmen) with the Hong Kong Urban Council Opera; Pamina (The Magic Flute) with Opera Queensland and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and title role of Thaiis with Bangkok Opera. Equally at home on the concert platform, she has a wide recital and concert repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary and performs regularly at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican Concert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall in the U.K. and abroad in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia. The many orchestras she has sung with include the London Mozart Players, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and most recently the West Australia Symphony Orchestra. Notable musicians she has worked with include, Placido Domingo, Carlo Rizzi, Richard Armstrong, Trevor Pinnock, Christopher Hogwood and Helmuth Rilling. She has also recorded for the BBC, Radio Television Hong Kong and Radio FM, New Zealand. She has performed the soprano solos in Messiah, Creation, Seasons, Nelson Mass, Christmas Oratorio, Carmina Burana, Elijah, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Brahms’, Faure’s and Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s 4th and 8th Symphony and Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass. Recent performances included: the title role of Mae Naak with Opera Siam in Bangkok and London and her debut with Opera Hong Kong in the role of Soong Ching-ling in the world premiere of newly commissioned opera, Dr. Sun Yat-sen all in 2011. In 2012 she sang Donna Anna with Singapore Lyric Opera. In 2013 she made her role debut as Desdemona in Otello and in 2014 appeared in the world premiere of Dan no Ura as Empress Kenreimon’in both with Opera Siam. She reprised the title role in Madama Butterfly in 2016 with Opera Hong Kong and made her role debut as Senta in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. In 2018 she sang the title role of Aida with SLO and once again reprised her role as “Cio-cio-san” with Opera Siam and performed the role of Liu in Turandot presented by Musicians Society of Singapore. She directed Carmen for SLO in 2019 and Le Nozze di Figaro for OHK in 2020. As an educator, Nancy has been regularly giving vocal masterclasses in the region, including Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China, National Hualien University of Education, Taiwan, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore, Bangkok Opera Young Artists Programme and Opera Hong Kong Young Artists’ Programme. She was the adjudicator of the 59th and 65th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Bangkok Opera International Singing Competition in 2013 and the “Competizione dell’Opera 2009” in Singapore, Macau Music Festival in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and was also the head of the Jury in the SLO ASEAN Vocal Competition in Singapore in 2016 and 2018. She also headed the jury in the 2019 World Youth & Children’s Choir Festival in Hong Kong. She has been a member of the Artistic Committee of Opera Hong Kong since 2013 and an Examiner and Independent Advisor to the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2010. She has also been the first Honorary Artistic Director of the Singapore Lyric Opera since 2015. Nancy was the Head of Vocal Studies at Singapore Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 2003 to February 2010. She has been the Head of Vocal Studies of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since March 2010. In recognition of her achievements as a performer and in education, Nancy was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014. In 2018 and 2020 she was awarded “Friend of the Arts” by the Singapore National Arts Council for her contribution to the arts. In 2018 she has also been appointed Professor of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

2nd World Voice E-Competition 2021


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