The 2017 “City of Halle Handel Prize, awarded by the Handel House Foundation” goes to the US mezzo-soprano, Vivica Genaux. The Board of Trustees unanimously adopted the Handel House Foundation’s nomination. Vivica Genaux can be heard in the gala concert on June 5, 2017 (Whit Monday) in Halle Cathedral.
ECHO Klassik award winner Vivica Genaux was born in Fairbanks in the US state of Alaska. She is lauded for her beautiful and unmistakable voice, charming character portrayals and extraordinary performances and ranks among the world’s leading interpreters of Baroque music and bel canto. Vivica Genaux is a welcome guest at international opera houses, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the state operas in Munich, Hamburg and Vienna, and has also appeared at renowned festivals, for example in Prague, San Remo, Antibes, Ravello and at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. She interprets the roles in George Frideric Handel’s operas with heart and soul. She has a rich repertoire of Handel’s works and has enchanted audiences in Alcina, Ariodante, Arminio, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Rinaldo and Semele. Her roles are diverse – ranging from fearless generals, young men and disguised, lovesick girls through to goddesses. This charming mezzo-soprano has also appeared at the Halle Handel Festival, receiving storms of applause from the audience. At the 2016 Handel in Autumn festival, she will make a joint appearance with Sunhae Im. But she can also look back at a slew of studio CD recordings with leading international ensembles. She has also been nominated for Grammy awards for two recordings. During the 20 years and more of her career, she has received the Pittsburgh Opera’s Maecenas Award, the New York City Opera's Christopher Keene Award, the Premio “ Opera CD Classics – Città di Mondovi” and the ARIA award.