Women to Listen to III
After the success of prior events, the third “Women to Listen to” contest will take place in 2019. It aims to become a vehicle for the expression and development of female artistic talent in Chile by making it more visible, promoting it, and growing it both locally and internationally.
“Women to Listen to” III is organized by the Chile Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA-CHILE) and the Music Institute of Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
This third “Women to Listen to” contest will bring together lyrical singers between 18 and 35 years of age, either Chileans or foreign women residing in our country.
The final will be held at the Arrau Hall of Santiago’s Municipal Theater on September 10, 2019, at 6 pm.
The winner will receive a prize consisting in 2 million pesos and the chance to participate in a recital held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC) in 2020, in other musical events at major Chilean venues such as the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, and in the Concert Season organized by the Music Institute of Universidad Alberto Hurtado, alongside the second and third place winners. The latter will receive cash prizes of 1 million and 500 hundred thousand pesos respectively.
From Chile to the world
For Drina Rendic, president of the Chile committee of the NMWA, the contest is an excellent opportunity to showcase women’s art. “It has been observed that women are discriminated against across all artistic disciplines. Even though women constitute the majority of the student body in Art schools, once they start their professional career, they lag behind in terms of participation in cultural spaces”, noted Mrs. Rendic, who is also a cultural administrator.
The winner of the first “Women to Listen to” contest, held in 2014, was Yaritza Véliz, a young soprano from Coquimbo whose career skyrocketed after this achievement. Among other major feats, Yaritza became the first Latin American soprano to perform at London’s Royal Opera House.