The event marks the 80th anniversary since the famous opera singer was born.
The 12th Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Vocalists has started in St. Petersburg.
The event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the famous opera singer is held on September 6-19 in the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia.
According to the ST. Petersburg Committee for Culture, 235 young opera singers from 21 country applied to participate.
The festival opened with a gala concert in which last years’ prize winners of the Competition performed.
In the Competition, the vocalists are to sing two chamber vocal works by Russian and foreign composers and an opera air by an Italian composer.