Israeli opera singer wins prestigious Berlin contest

Hagar Sharvit wows judges with her vocal skills; pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz also scores a prize

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

An Israeli opera singer won first place at the Das Lied International Song Competition in Berlin this week.

Mezzo soprano Hagar Sharvit, 26, scooped up her prize with a performance in which she was accompanied on the piano by Ammiel Bushakevitz, who jointly won an award with another pianist for his skills.

The classical music talent contest, held every two years in the German capital, attracts some of the best young talent in the business.

Sharvit is a graduate of the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, and has performed in several operas including turns as Annina in La Traviata and Sandmännchen in Hänsel and Gretel with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein during the 2013-14 season.

She also performed as Tisbe in Rossini’s Cenerentola with the Opera de Metz in 2013 and won first prize for her vocals in the 19th International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschach in 2012.

The Jerusalem-born pianist Bushakevitz grew up in South Africa. In 2013 he became the first recipient of the newly established Richard Wagner Prize, which marked the composer’s 200th birthday.

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