2nd AccompaMe contest: Offenbach’s Ave Maria + 2 Rilke songs by Felix Ming
The 2021 AccompaMe competition of rediscovered Jacques Offenbach’s Ave Maria and of two of Felix Ming’s „Rilke Lieder“ took place in April and May 2021. Free scores and accompaniments were available on AccompaMe. We are excited to present to you the winning performances and the singers behind them.
Competition songs: 1) Jacques Offenbach’s „Ave Maria“ 2) Felix Ming’s „Die armen Worte“ 3) Felix Ming’s „Sieh`, wir wollen heute beim Altane uns begegnen“
Jacques Offenbach – Ave Maria
Felix Ming’s Rilke Songs
Ekaterina Shelehova began studying music when she was 3 years old. She grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, (Canada). During her high school years, she studied at the Conservatory of Music in Toronto and later finished her studies in Piano and received her diploma for ARCT in Piano Pedagogy. From 2014 to 2019 Ekaterina completed both her Bachelors and Masters in Opera performance at the Conservatorio G.Verdi in Milan, Italy, with highest honours. She has won several competitions, including the Young Opera Hope award at the Magda Olivero International Competition in 2016 and The Public Choice Award at the Giuditta Pasta Competition in 2018. In 2020 she won the first prize at the first international AccompaMe competition. Ekaterina explores many different genres besides opera, currently with an improvisation concerts series where she creates her own music. Her improvisation on „Italy’s got talent“ has won her international fans, with over 28 million views after only a few weeks.
Michéle Rödel is a German soprano known for performing forgotten works from great composers. She finished her studies in vocal performance in 2004 at the music college of Kronach, Germany. From 2005-2009 she continued her studies under professor Peter Maus (UdK Berlin), and from 2009-2013 under professor Helga Samson (Sängerakademie Hamburg). In addition, she attended master classes with various singing personalities (including Gundula Janowitz). She has performed with several renowed ensembles and orchestras, including the „Babelsberger Filmorchester“, „Johann-Strauß-Ensemble Linz“,„Musica Juventa“ (Halle) and the „Brandenburgische Philharmonie“. In 2005 and 2006 she won the international singing competition of the Kammeroper Schloß Rheinsberg. She performed all seven Rilke Lieder of rediscovered composer Felix Ming in a concert series in 2015.