International Competition for Young Tenors

The mission of the competition “The Voice of Kamen” is to pay tribute to and continue the life of the ideas and the understanding of the Tenor Kamen Chanev about the essence of the opera.

The competition “The Voice of Kamen” is an opportunity for young tenors from all over the world to transcend the message of devotion and honesty towards Art, that was so important to one exceptional tenor. A tenor, who is part of the most valuable history of the Opera world.

The right to participate in the competition have young opera singers – tenors, Bulgarian and foreign citizens of the age between 22 /completed/ and 40.

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CHAIR OF THE JURY José Cura – Tenor, Composer, Conductor
Tanya Ivanova – Soprano, founder of “Kamen Chanev” foundation
Krassimira Stoyanova – Soprano, Kammersängerin of the Vienna State Opera

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Deadline for application

1 July 2024

Award Ceremony

27 August 2024


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    Opera is an art that is difficult to describe. You have to be on the stage, to feel the energy of the audience, and yourself – there, inside! You connect with God through your voice. Because the only divine instrument is the voice. It is no coincidence that our Eastern Orthodox religion does not use musical instruments in the church. Because the only instrument, God’s instrument, is the voice. The human voice.

    Kamen Chanev

    Mission of the

    • Discovering talented young singers and presenting them to the wide public

    • Contributing to the creation of a society with a critical view of music and honesty to art

    • Supporting the implementation of various creative projects in the field of music and performing arts, with priority projects related to the comprehensive development of young artists who are guided to develop their talent, and to work together in creative groups

    • Stimulating and supporting the working on the opera repertoire

    • Stimulating and supporting educational initiatives related to raising and improving the opera and music culture of children, youth, socially disadvantaged citizens and people

    • Providing an opportunity for international contacts in the field of opera art

    • Providing support for innovative presentation of opera and symphony art.

    The Bulgarian people have always had high ideals, and the heavens have endowed them with talent and strong spirit. Kamen Chanev owned all this and it is no wonder that with his last breath, he expressed a desire to support young talents in the realization of their dreams. With the Kamen Chanev Foundation, the name of this exceptional tenor of ours will continue to live, and with it the name of Bulgaria – the mother of great talents and rich spirit.
    Svetla Vasileva

    I love Kamen! There are few stage partners on whom I have always known with complete calm that I can lean on, rely on – the feeling is of strength and support. With the bravura ease of his singing, with his masterful vocal technique and stage presence, with his deep devotion and professionalism, everything around him is filled with stability. Kamen is the rock under which you can always take shelter. Its absence leaves a huge, lamented gap!
    Aleksandrina Pendatchanska

    I wish the Foundation established in the name of the great artist, singer, man and friend Kamen Chanev, to find and support the most deserving young artists and give them a flying start in their careers.
    I’m sure he would be very happy about that!
    I hope that the great art that Kamen bequeathed to us will ignite, motivate and inspire many young performers to walk the long and difficult path of the artist and not to give up in the moments of hesitation and doubt that will inevitably overtake them.
    Kamen will always remain a symbol of pure relations between people, great devotion and honesty in art, and his bright incarnations in the most emblematic tenor parts will forever remain a corrective for future generations of young singers!

    Good luck!
    Kiril Manolov

    I had the chance to watch and listen to Kamen live performances and the feeling is that you are part of a miracle, of a divine moment created by his inspiration and energy! Exceptional voice, artistry and charm! The foundation established in his name to support young tenors is a wonderful initiative that will preserve the name of our great singer for generations!
    Vlado Penev

    Good luck!

    I am happy to know Kamen Chanev. I watched him on the stage of the Sofia Opera. An exceptional singer, a wonderful person! We all miss him! I wholeheartedly support the Kamen Chanev Foundation and wish success to the next tenors in Bulgaria.
    Marta Vachkova

    We were lucky to live at the same time with Kamen Chanev, such a large-scale person, so dedicated to art, that it became an example of the helplessness of death before the great talent and memory of him. We have to remember, we have to be proud and appreciate the talents even more while they are alive! In this sense, the foundation named after Kamen Chanev will zealously support the musical talents and their development and will preserve the taste and high criteria of the Patron, so necessary today.
    Tanya Shahova

    Kamen Chanev is our very dear friend whose loss left a big gap in our hearts! We wish the Competition for Singers, which will be named after him, to open new horizons for young Tenors and let the memory of Kamen Chanev live! He was an example of dedication and love for art, colleagues and everything valuable in life!
    Nina Andreeva Bozhkov and Milen Bozhkov


    The Kamen Chanev Foundation was established in 2021 by the tenor’s companion in life and art – the opera prima Tanya Ivanova.
    José Cura
    jury chair
    Tanya Ivanova
    jury member
    Krasimira Stoyanova
    jury member
    Luciano Di Martino
    jury member

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    6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
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