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Place des Arts

$10,000 Expo 'voice' prize is shared

by Henry Srebrnik, Canadian Press staff writer

MONTREAL - Romania soprano Marina Krilovici and Russian baritone Yury Mazoruk got a standing ovation in Montreal's Place des Arts after tying for first place in the International Voice Competition.

The two singers will split $10,000 in first prize money.

Sponsored by the Institute International de Musique du Canada, the competition and final gala concert were part of Expo 67's six-month World Festival of the arts.

Third prize went to Gwendolyn Killebrew, a mezzo-soprano from Philadelphia, who won $2,500, and fourth to Vladimir Atlantov, a tenor from Leningrad who received $1,500.

Miss Krilovici, a 25-year-old opera singer trained in Bucharest, earlier won first prize in the Georges Enesco International Festival and the international vocal competition in Brussels.

She got six curtain calls and a standing ovation from orchestra and audience for her renditions of L'Air de Lia from Enfant Prodigue by Debussy and Pace, Pace mio Dio from La Forza del Destina by Verdi.

Mr. Mazurok, 36, from Krosnik, in the U.S.S.R., a graduate of the State Conservatory of Moscow, was called back five times after singing Avant de Quitter ses Lieux from Gounod's Faust and Largo at Factotum from Il Barbiere du Seviglia by Rossini.

Twelve finalists, among them three Canadians, competed in the gala concert out of the original 37 who performed in rounds held earlier this year.

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