Ukrainian opera singer Yulia Tereshchuk became the winner of the first prize at the XXI International Competition of Opera Singers Maria Bieşu in Chișinău, Moldova. In 2013, the festival hosted 36 performers from Armenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Moldova, Russia, the U.S., and Ukraine.
Interestingly, in 2012, Tereshchuk already participated in the International Competition of Opera Singers Maria Bieşu. At the time, she took the second prize. Yulia Tereshchuk is currently the singer at the Odesa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. Tereshchuk began her work with the theater in 2008. She now performs the arias of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Mimi in La bohème, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, and numerous others.
Maria Bieşu (1935 – 2012) is a Moldovan opera singer, who was one of the most prominent performers in Moldova. The recipient of multiple international awards, Bieşu had been impressing the audiences with her excellent singing skills since 1960s.
Opera singing is a popular art in Ukraine. Many Ukrainian performers won numerous competitions among professionals opera singers. In June 2013, Ukrainian opera singer Olena Tokar joined the top four contestants of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. In 2012, Tokar won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Lortzing Competition in Leipzig, informs bbc.co.uk.
In 2011, Ukrainian Olga Bezsmertna received the first prize of the 2011 Neue Stimmen competition, held in Gütersloh, Germany. 28 year old Bezsmertna was the best among the top performers from Ukraine, South Korea, China, Romania, Russia, and Slovakia.
One of the best opera institutions in the country – The National Opera of Ukraine, located in the capital city of Kyiv, is internationally recognized, with its top singers successfully performing on the opera stages of Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S.