Third Edition : September 21st-24th, 2023.



    is the first international vocal competition

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

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


    *From the list of suggested arias.


    Applications are now closed.

    Thanks to all semifinalists, and

    see you soon in Corsica!

  • About the Competition

    After those first two editions, we first 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

    third edition from
    September 22nd-25th, 2022.
    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 lyric singing - and 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 haveto promote the winners.
    For this, candidates will also have to discover Corsica in its most intimate side...
  • broken image


    The last edition introduced us to more than 2,500 artists.

    Participants in the preselections were citizens of more than

    20 different countries.


    Now is your turn.


  • 2023 Prizes and Awards

    First Prize

    3000 €

    Second Prize


    Third Prize

    1000 €

    Prize "Corsica Lirica"

    Corsican Language

    1000 €

    Prize "Young Artist"



    Special Prize "CASANOVA"


    Special Prize "Confitures Giudici"


    Special Prize "DJINN'S Boutique"


    Special Award "Recital"

    Sharing of expenses to a gala concert in Bari, Italy. **

    Special Prize "STRETTA Artist Management"

    One place on the roster of STRETTA Artists Agency

    Three individual coaching sessions with artist manager, Rita Ahonen

    Special Price "Accademia del Maggio Fiorentino"

    - Audition

    - Three-day participation in the Accademia

    (* travel costs remain at the expense of the laureate)

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

    Special awards from CASANOVA vineyards

    (drink with moderation)

    Special Award "OPERABASE"

    All laureates will be granted a ProArtist subscription

    All participants will get special terms on subscription


    Semi-finals, Final, Gala:

    everything you need to know.

    broken image

    broken image

    Download the 2023 terms and conditions

  • Organization

    Municipality of Ghisonaccia

    Commune de Ghisonaccia

    Cultural organization: "In Opera Veritas"

    Association In Opera Veritas

    Cultural non-profit Organization

  • Sponsors and Partners

    broken image


    "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.

    broken image


    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.

    broken image


    "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!

    broken image


    "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.

    broken image


    "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.


    broken image


    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.

    broken image


    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.

    broken image


    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".

    broken image

    Partner Sponsor

    "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 lyrical singers roster. Personalized coaching sessions are also part of the awards.

    broken image

    Partner Sponsor

    Operabase, the most important database of the opera world , collaborates with the organization of "Corsica Lirica" in order to support participating artists. All winners will be granted with an annual subscription "Pro Artist". In addition, Operabase will offer a 25% discount on the annual "Pro Artist" subscription to all artists reaching the semi-final.


    Semi-finals, Final, Gala:

    everything you need to know.

    September 21st, 2023:

    First Semifinal of the competition, in Corsica: 5pm

    Morning rehearsal

    September 22nd, 2023:

    Second Semi Final round, 5pm

    Morning rehearsal

    September 23rd, 2023:

    Final round, 4pm

    Morning rehearsal

    September 24th, 2023:

    Gala and Award ceremony, starts at 5pm

    Morning rehearsal

  • The Jury

    broken image

    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 lyric artists 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".

    broken image

    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".

    broken image

    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.

    broken image

    Jean Delescluse

    Director of Festival

    Tenor, France



    Made his debut at the Lyon National Opera school and in the soloist troupe under the impetus of Jean-Pierre Brossmann, then a career as a tenor in France at the opera in a wide repertoire: cosi fan tutte, le Nozze di Figaro, Tosca, the barber of Seville, the child and the spells, the Spanish hour, the magic flute, the tales of Hoffmann, the star, a midsummer night's dream, Armide, the bat ... with Jean-Claude Malgoire, Michel Plasson , Jean-Claude Casadessus, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Stuart Bedford, Kazushi Ono, William Christie, Kent Nagano & Robert Carsen, Georges Lavaudant, Louis Erlo, Pierre Constant, Klaus Grüber, Jean-Pierre Vincent...

    broken image

    Maria Rosa Carminatti

    Director and founder of

    "Festival Voix des Merveilles".

    France, Italie.


    Maria Rosa Carminatti is a legend. Soprano, she performed the main roles of her repertoire on the most renowned stages worldwide.

    Medal of honor, it is alongside Monserrat Caballié, Viorica Cortèz, José Van Dam and José Carreras that she enlightens each of the major parts.

    She is today the founder and director of the festival of the Roya Valley, "Voice of Wonders". (Voix des Merveilles)

    broken image

    Maria Rosa Carminatti

    Académie Lyrique de "Maggio Fiorentino"

    Académie Lyrique de théatre "La Scala" de Milan.

    Eva Mei performs in the most important opera houses in the world including La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Monte Carlo Opera, Tokyo New National Theater. She has worked with famous conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Colin Davis, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel.

    Today she holds the position of director at the "Accademia del teatro alla Scalla" and at the "Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino", since April 2020.

  • Become a Sponsor

    Become a Sponsor or a Donator

    What would become our daily life without arts or culture?

    Times we are going through, raise the question about multidisciplinary artists having to face unknown nothingness.

    Fortunately some institutions maintain their commitments.

    However, it is the call for private donations - more necessary than ever - that will make new projects happen.

    Contributing financially with the arts is becoming a most wonderful and rewarding step than ever before.

    Joining us in the realization of "CORSICA LIRICA" will position Corsica on the world map of the lyrical world.

    It will also make possible to promote new talents among young artists and actively participate in the island's cultural influence, by promoting international artistic exchanges: building cultural bridges above seas and borders.

    Today, our choice to partner with world-renowned organizations is part of this dynamic to help launch and support artists' careers and to discover a little-known aspect of Corsican culture.

    Your support is one of the components of the success of artistic and professional projects.

    Talent and creativity would be nothing without our support and help to make them visible to as many people as possible.

    Cultural patronage, while an important element of corporate strategies, also makes sense at the individual level.

    In addition to being an investment with meaning and future for the arts and culture, this investment allows advantageous tax deductions for companies deciding to commit.

    For more information: