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Alessia Santambrogio

The AsLiCo Singing Competition: a hotbed of talent

Italy is widely known as the birthplace of opera. So it should not come as a surprise that it is also home to many famous singing competitions. The oldest of them was founded in Como in 1949 under the name of As.Li.Co. (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana) by the Italian industrialist and cultural patron Giovanni Treccani to identify outstanding young talents in the field of opera and offer them musical and theatrical training of the highest calibre.

Throughout its over 70 years of existence, AsLiCo stood by its mission and has paved the career of many famous singers such as Carlo Bergonzi, Mirella Freni and more recently Rosa Feola.

On top of its emerging voices category, which is open for emerging talent up to 28 years of age from all over the world, the AsLiCo Singing Competition distinguishes itself from similar contests by a competition for opera roles. Prizewinners are offered the opportunity to star in first-rate opera performances staged at Teatro Sociale di Como. The following video follows one of the contestants of the 70th edition of the AsLiCo Singing Contest, Michele Patti, as he goes on to win the title role of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell.

The winners of this year’s 71st edition were featured in a production of Jules Massenet’s Werther.

Videos courtesy of AsLiCo’s media partner iClassical Academy