Russian wins queen’s music competition

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Soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan from Russia won first prize in Norwegian Queen Sonja’s International Music Competition over the weekend. The queen said she was proud the contest attracted top young talent from all over the world.

“We have held this (competition) for 25 years now, and see that many of the more than 200 participants who have been finalists are today among the best in the world,” the queen said when she handed out the top prizes at the Opera House on Oslo’s waterfront. Participants have come from 47 countries and winners receive prize money plus a career boost.

Second place went to Andrew Stenson from the US while Melissa Petit, a soprano from France, won third place. Norwegian competitor Hamida Kristoffersen also made it into the finals, along with Brandon Cedel of the US,  but didn’t reach the winners’ platform. staff