First place goes to the German soprano Henriette Gödde, second place goes to Adriana Di Paola from Palermo, Italy and third place is awarded to three finalists: Nana Bugge Rasmussen from Denmark, Merel Elishevah Kriegsmann from the Netherlands and the baritone Oddur Jonsson from Island.
Christian Collia is awarded the regional prize for Rome and Lazio.
The final winner of this "X-factoring" contest, Sacred Music International 2013, is the German soprano Henriette Gödde, whom sang the Inflammatus by A. Dvorak.
The battle of talents sees its final round at the "Concerto di Gala" in S. Maria’s Sopra Minerva’s Basilica, with over two-thousand live spectators as well as hundreds of thousands from television thanks to support from Mondovision, therefore making this contest the greatest success in its genre for a 13 th consecutive year.
After a standing ovation by Marco Dall’Aquila’s Orchestra directed by the young Jacopo Sipari Di Pescasseroli, the Sicilian vocalist Di Paola was awarded second place by the technical artistic committee not only for her golden voice, but also for her overwhelming stage performance which regardless of her age shined liveliness as an artist.
She was handed her prize –a Muse sculpture designed by the known Massimo Scarfagna- by the notable composer Stefano Mainetti from the technical artistic committee which included other several great names such as: Elena Sofia Ricci, Federica Balestra, Fioretta Mari, Emerito, president of the Corte Costituzionale Franco Bile and the jurist Mario Briguglio.
In face of the extraordinary talent presented by the twelve artists that day, the jury composed of:
Tony Gradsack, Casting Director of the Salzburg Festival (Austria) and Artistic Director of the Young Singer Program of the same contest, Joel Revelle, Artistic Secretary of the Artistico Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia from Valencia and also responsible for the Centro di Perfezionamento Placido Domingo, Thomas Albert, the overseer of the Bremen Musikfest and founder of the Akademie für Alte Musik Bremen, Paolo Monacchi and Catherine von Mutius, who represent some of the greatest baroque Artists through their agencies in Paris and Munich such as Jordi Savall and Marc Mincowski, Micha von Hoecke, Artistic Director of the corps de ballet in Rome´s teatro dell’opera, Peter Dvorsky, whom Pavarotti loved to define as "my legitimate successor" and the baritone Zheng Zhou, who teaches at the Shanghai Conservatory after his reputable career in US theatres, Daniela de Marco, Project Creator and Artistic Director of this contest as well as the Europen Music Academy,
felt obliged to award an equally deserved third place to: Nana Bugge Rasmussen (Denmark), Merel Elishevah Kriegsmann (Netherlands) and the baritone Oddur Jonsson (Island), which goes to show the high level of international artistic qualities present in this year’s contest.
Last but not least the winning prize for the region Lazio was awarded to a very young talent: Christian Collia.
Henriette Gödde Mezzosoprano – 27 years
Adriana Di Paola Mezzosoprano – 26 years
3° Price ex aequo
MerelElishevah Kriegsman, Soprano – 24 years
3° Price ex aequo
Nana Bugge Rasmussen Mezzosoprano – 30 years (Denmark)
3° Price ex aequo
Oddur Jonsson Baritono – 30 years
Special Price “Regione Lazio”
Christian Collia Tenore – 22 years (Italy)
Special Price “Giovane Promessa”
Matus Mazar Baritono- 21 years (Slovakia)
Special Price “Musa”
Adriana Di Paola Mezzosoprano – 26 years (Italia)
(Brasil) Robson Bueno Tavares Baritono - 31 years
(Italy) Carlo Vistoli Controtenore – 26 years
(Italy) Lucrezia Drei Soprano – 24 years
(Estonia) Katrin Targo Soprano – 33 years
(Slovakia) Judita Andelovà Mezzosoprano – 25 years