Young Cuban Tenor Awarded at International Contest in Italy

Rome, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The young Cuban tenor Luis Javier Oropesa expressed satisfaction here after winning the second place in the Rolando Nicolasi International Contest for Lyric Singers and Accompanying Pianists.

Oropesa reached the final escorted by the Italian sopranos Carina Di Gianfilippo and Maela Nicoletti, who won the first and third places, respectively, in a two-day contest held at the Velly Theater, in the Roman neighborhood of Formello.

The jury of the contest, founded in 1996 by the Rolando Nicolasi Musical Association, was headed by the renowned soprano and mezzosoprano Mirella Parutto, and made up of the baritone Ettore Nova, the pianist Davide Dellisanti, the Chinese pianist Bojie Yin and the soprano Michela Varvaro.

Oropesa, who is 25 years old, graduated from the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and is a member of the National Lyric Theater. He also won the Music Is Life special award granted by Leo Club Roma Marco Aurelio to the youngest participant in the contest.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Oropesa said that he was ‘very content, very happy’, above all because he was the only Latin American among participants from Italy and other countries, who were very talented and had a high professional level.

In addition to happiness for the award, Oropesa expressed gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the event and to receive the appreciation and recommendations from the members of the jury, something that is very important for a young man with a career that demands so many years of maturation such as that of a lyric singer.

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