Fourth Edition : September 24th-27th, 2024




    is the first international vocal competition

    making it mandatory to perform* a tune in corsican language**.

    Participants will be able to participate in online master classes for pronunciation.


    * during the semi-final and/or final round

    **From the list of suggested arias OR of afetr submiting one of your own





    About the Competition


    After the first three editions, we want to thank the institutional and private partners without whom

    nothing would have existed. Candidates brought competition to life, accompanied by the pianists, under the attentive listening of the jury. Everyone became part of a unique musical experience in Ghisonaccia,confirming today the programming of the 

    fourth edition from

    September 24th-27th, 2024


    Since 2014, mezzo soprano Katerina Kovanji has performed regularly in Corsica, especially in Ghisonaccia,

    a seaside resort on the eastern coast of the island. In the face of the public's interest in opera - thanks to the dynamism of the municipality - the idea of creating a lyric competition came to fruition.

    The combined efforts made possible to present talented singers to appear before a professional jury of quality.

    Managers, music hall directors and legendary singers will audit the candidates.

    For this they will also have to discover Corsica in its most intimate dimension.

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    The third edition introduced us to more than 3,500 artists.

    72 semifinalists were citizens of more than

    26 different countries.


    Now is your turn.


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    Send us a video link, by e-mail, with a message including:

    - First and Last name

    - Email, Phone number

    - Portrait photo in jpeg (5MB max)

    - Proof of payment of the € 20 fee

    * Payment of fees online, on our website, via the STRIPE application



    Your video will be reviewed within 8 days by members of the jury,

    to confirm - or not - your participation in the semi-finals.


    Download sample scores of the corsican songs


  • Prizes and Awards


    3000 €

    First Prize


    Second Prize, Woman

    "SPAR Ghisonaccia"

    1000 €

    Second Prize, Man

    "SPAR Ghisonaccia"

    1000 €

    Third Prize



    Third Prize



    Prize "Corsica Lirica"

    Corsican Language

    1000 €

    Prize "Young Artist"




    French Language



    "CASANOVA Winery"


    Prize "Confitures Giudici"


    Prize "DJINN'S Boutique"


    Award Recital

    "Palazzo Pesce"

    Gala concert in Mola di Bari, Italy

    Sharing of expenses to destination. **


    "STRETTA Artist Management"

    One place on the roster of STRETTA Artists Agency

    Three individual coaching sessions with artist manager, Rita Ahonen

    Casting Award



    Casting opportunity to an upcoming production in Italy

    (To be specified)

    Internship Award


    Opportunity to a one-month internship at the Academy of the MARINSKY theater, in St. Petersburg,

    with possible participation in a production.

    (Terms to be specified)

    Special Awards "C A S A N O V A"

    Special awards from CASANOVA vineyards

    (drink with moderation)


    Everything you need to know about final rounds in Corsica

    September 24th, 2024

    First 1/4th final in Corsica: 4:30pm

    Rehearsals start at 09:30am*

    September 25th, 2024

    Second 1/4th final in Corsica: 4:30pm

    Rehearsals start at 09:30am*

    September 26th, 2024

    Final round, 4pm

    Rehearsals start at 09am*

    September 27th, 2024

    Final round starts at 4pm

    followed by the Award ceremony.

    Early afternoon rehearsals.

  • Instructions for flying to Corsica


  • The Jury

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    Rita Ahonen,


    Switzerland, Finland.


    Mezzo-soprano from Finland, Rita Ahonen joined the Basel Theatre in 2000, where she remained until 2016. She has been invited to the Bern Theatre, the "Royal Opera" Stockholm and the "Savonlinna Opera Festival". A vocal pedagogue, she works as a voice teacher at the "Theatre Academy" in Helsinki and at the opera studio "Operavenir" at the "Theatre Basel".

    Rita Ahonen is agent for opera singers with Stretta Agency.

    Jean Paul Grisoni

    Jean Paul Grisoni

    Vocal teacher,

    Opéra de Paris,


    Lyric artist, holder of a gold medal in lyric and dramatic art, winner of the international singing competition "Elia Thezan", he performed the roles of Marcello (La Bohème), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutti), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Barttolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dulcamara (L'elisire d'Amore) and Escamillo (Carmen).

    Jean-Paul now teaches vocal technique with the Paris Opera, at "Académie Bastille".

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    Katerina Kovanji

    Founder of the competition,


    Russia, France, Corsica.


    Born in St. Petersburg, she graduated from the City Conservatory and the Rimsky Korsakov Academy. Medalist of Arts and Culture, winner of many international competitions - including "Voices of Russia" by Dmitry Hvorostovsky - guest soloist of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, she performed the main roles of Rossini operas in Germany, Italy, France and Russia.

    Katerina is founder and Artistic Director of opera singing competition "Corsica Lirica".

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    Marguerita Rotondi

    Artistic Director




    Born in Bari, graduated in singing at the Conservatory of the city, she specializes in Baroque singing. Debutante at the Geneva Chamber Opera, Marguerita was guest of the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa, the Olympic Theatre in Vicenza, the Tokyo Concert Hall and the Krakow Opera Rara Festival. Her career took her back to the Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, then to the Olympic Weeks Festival in Vicenza and the Rome Opera. She currently is director of the cultural programming of Palazzo Pesce, Mola di Bari region, Italy.

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     Gianmaria Aliverta

    Artistic and Lyrical Director,

    founder of "Voce All Opera".


    Artistic director of the "Voce All Opera" Festival, and one of the most promising stage managers of our time. He has worked at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Massimo Theater in Palermo, and in Guanzhou (China), and Osaka (Japan). He has also been part of the management teams of the Festival della Valle d'Istria and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

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    Christian Deliso

    Conductor, pianist and composer 

    Italy, Russia.

    Conductor of the Italian orchestra, Christian Deliso was born in Naples. He studied piano, composition and conducting at the Naples Conservatory. From 2022 to 2023 he directed at the Filarmonica di St. Pietroburgo, the Palace Festival in St. Petersburg, the Danube Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, the Cantata at the Bach Café at the St. Petersburg Palace Festival, or the Omaggio at Morricone in St. Petersburg.

  • Organization

    Municipality of Ghisonaccia

    Commune de Ghisonaccia

    Cultural organization: "In Opera Veritas"

    Association In Opera Veritas

    Cultural non-profit Organization

  • Sponsors and Partners

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    "Marina d'Oru" resort is the privileged place of stay for the candidates and the jury of the competition. Located on the magnificent sandy beach of Ghisonaccia, it offers an idyllic location in a neat setting, including a huge heated swimming pool.

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    The "Vins Casanova" - to be consumed with moderation - sets the standard for wine production in the region of Ghisonaccia. With their multiple awards , these wineyards make Corsica shine throughout Europe, and also beyond the borders of the European Union. The full support of the company allows to reward the eponymous special prize.

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    "pierOptiQue" - distributor of the most prestigious designer collections - is the result of a family expertise. The second generation pursues today its development, on the path of excellence. The "Young Hope" prize is awarded with the total support of this family owned company: thank you!

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    "Confitures artisanales Giudici" is the local company producing a very extensive range of delicious specialties. The origin of the fruits as well as the traditional manufacturing process, both guarantee the uncompromising quality. The "confitures Giudici" special prize is without a doubt the sweetest one of all.

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    "Djinn's" boutique has been an institution in the region since 1973.

    Located in Solenzara, distributor of constantly renewed collections, it offers a selection whose main criteria include style, quality and unique environment.


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    Supportive partner

    The company "Helios, di Corsica" produces essential oils - in particular immortelle flowers - has been supporting the organization since the very first hour. Its museum invites you to discover a fair and respectful know-how in respect with the island environment.

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    Ange-Marie Fraticelli runs the family business based in Aleria in an effort to participate in regional associative life. Personally involved with sports clubs, his experience and support for the realization of the competition are valuable to us.

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    The foundation "Elena OBRAZTSOVA" works in particular for the development of lyrical art from St. Petersburg to Italy, Spain and now in Corsica. Partnering for the first time with an international competition, as co-organizers of the Moscow-based international competition "José Carreras".

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    "STRETTA Artist Management" partners with "Corsica Lirica" competition in many aspects since its debut.
    Rita Ahonen - singer and manager of the agency - rewards several candidates by awarding them special prizes, including integration into the agency's opera singers roster. Personalized coaching sessions are also part of the awards.