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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Tenor Kim Woo-Kyung wins Mirjam Helin singing competition

The Korean tenor Kim Woo-Kyung (김우경) has won the men's first price in the 5th Mirjam Helin singing competition, held every five years in Helsinki. In tomorrow's newspaper the head of the jury Tom Krause said that Kim's technique was perfect, and his interpretation of the two songs in the finals left nothing to desire.
Kim Woo-Kyung sings at the Semper Opera in Dresden.

Eglise Gutierrez and Kim Woo-Kyung Kim Woo-Kyung
Above left, behind Kim who's receiving applause from the public, the winner of the women's first prize, Eglise Gutierrez of Cuba. (c) AL 2004

I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to get free tickets to the finals, as the broadcasting corporation asked me to interpret for the interview of Kim before the finals. Not that he didn't speak English or German, but they wanted to provide a chance to answer without worrying about the language.

Update.
Kim's program in the finals was as follows:
1. W. A. Mozart: "Il mio tesoro intanto", the aria of Don Ottavio from Don Giovanni
2. C. Gounod: "Salut, demeure chaste et pure" the cavatina of Faust from the opera Faust

And here's a better picture of the winners, from the competition homepage:
Eglise Gutierrez and Kim Woo-Kyung

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