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Israeli soprano wins Hilde Zadek prize

zadek1Ganya Ben-Gur Akselrod, 25, took first prize in Vienna from a jury headed by three great singers - Hilde Zadek, Christa Ludwig, Brigitte Fassbander – plus pianist Charles Spencer, Christian Meyer of the Schönberg Center, Walter Kobera of the Neue Oper Wien and more.

The Hilde Zadek special prize went to the South Korean, Seyoung Park.

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  1. Ganya is indeed a great singer and a lovely person- yet it’s not her in the photo!

  2. Such good news! And I am very excited for Ganya! The only question I have about this article, though, is this: Who is the girl in the picture? That isn’t Ganya!

  3. David Nordell says:

    It’s very appropriate that an Israeli should win the Hilde Zadek competition: Zadek lived and taught in Israel for a while; and she and my late mother, Vera Rozsa, sang together in the celebration concerts in Vienna for the first anniversary of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

  4. I just worked with this tremendously talented singer. Mazel tov, Ganya!

  5. Omer Shomrony says:

    I should add that her name is written Gan-Ya, literally The Garden of God in Hebrew. A unique name for a unique singer .

  6. andreas schulz says:

    Congratulations for the winner! Gan-Ya has a very nice voice and she gave us a lovely show. Thank you, Gan-Ya! It was a tough competition, though, and many other finalists could have won the first prize too. Especially the young Finnish soprano had amazing voice and beautiful interpretation of the songs.

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