The Leonard Bernstein Award for Canada's young opera sensation

Emily D'Angelo discovered her love for singing as a child through her grandmother's lullabies. At the age of 15, she appeared on stage for the first time with a large orchestra; today, the 25-year-old, who has received many awards, is considered Canada's new opera sensation.

Emily D'Angelo is this year's winner of the Leonard Bernstein Award, donated by the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe. "Emily D'Angelo inspires with her ability and draws the people with her voice immediately into her spell. However, she is not only a great singer, but lives her roles with her very own wit and charm. We are very pleased to present this year's Leonard Bernstein Award to Emily D'Angelo, because with this prize we are honouring young artists who convince with their unique talent and special personality", says Reinhard Boll, President of the Savings Banks and Giro Association for Schleswig-Holstein.

Since 2002, the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe has donated the Leonard Bernstein Award, endowed with 10,000 euros, to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Lang Lang, Martin Grubinger, Anna Vinnitskaya, Cameron Carpenter, Krzysztof Urbański and, most recently, Charles Yang were among the winners of the internationally coveted young talent award. With this coveted award, the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe (Savings Banks Finance Group), which in addition to the state's savings banks includes LBS Bausparkasse Schleswig-Holstein-Hamburg AG, Provinzial Nord Brandkasse AG and the German Savings Banks and Giro Association, is sending a clear signal in the field of talent promotion.

For the first time, the prize will now be awarded to a young vocal talent. This was decided by the jury, consisting of Christoph Eschenbach (Principal Conductor of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, designated Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin), Jamie Bernstein Thomas and Alexander Bernstein (both Leonard Bernstein Society), Ute Fesquet (Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft), Martin Campbell-White (Askonas Holt Ltd., Consultant) and Reinhard Boll, President of the Savings Banks and Giro Association for Schleswig-Holstein.

"Emily D'Angelo has a striking, slim mezzo-soprano voice, which she presents beautifully, flexibly and technically perfect in all registers. The young artist convinces with a maturity and range of musical expression that is unusual for her age, with which she revives both the Baroque pathos of a Handel aria and Rossini's melodies with cheeky playfulness," says Festival Director Dr. Christian Kuhnt, who is also a member of the jury.

Prizewinner Emily D'Angelo is delighted with the award: "Bernstein's unparalleled heritage as an artist, teacher and master has inspired numerous musicians. I feel incredibly honored to have been selected as the winner of the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Award."

The Leonard Bernstein Award 2019 will be presented at the winners' concert on Friday, 16th August in the Musik- und Kongresshalle in Lübeck. Emily D'Angelo will sing arias by Rossini and Mozart. She will be accompanied by the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.