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Mario Bahg wins 1st prize (aria) at the Montreal International Music Competition

Robert Rowat

Mario Bahg from South Korea has won the $80,000 first prize in the aria division at the 2018 Montreal International Music Competition. The 27-year-old tenor also won the $5,000 special award for best opera aria, bringing his total winnings to $85,000.

The announcement was made Thursday, June 7, by jury president Zarin Mehta.

The $15,000 second prize went to mezzo-soprano Emily d'Angelo, 23, from Canada; Konstantin Lee, 29, from South Korea won the $10,000 third prize.

From left, Emily d'Angelo, Mario Bahg and Konstantin Lee are the top 3 prize winners (aria) at the 2018 Montreal International Music Competition.

Each of the three unranked finalists received a $2,000 grant. They are: baritone John Brancy (29, United States), bass Mikhail Golovushkin (35, Russia) and tenor Andrew Haji (32, Canada).

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The prize winners were chosen by a jury comprising Edith Bers (United States), Ben Heppner (Canada), Soile Isokoski (Finland), Warren Jones (United States), François Le Roux (France), Felicity Lott (United Kingdom), Richard Rodzinski (United States), Joseph Rouleau (Canada), Kiri Te Kanawa (New Zealand) and Mehta (jury president).

Here's the complete list of prize winners in the competition's aria division:

First Prize: Mario Bahg, tenor (South Korea)
$30,000 offered by the Ville de Montréal
+ $50,000 Joseph Rouleau Career Development Grant, funded by the Azrieli Foundation

Second Prize: Emily d'Angelo, mezzo-soprano (Canada)
$15,000 Pierre Péladeau and Raymonde Chopin Prize, offered by Québecor

Third Prize: Konstantin Lee, tenor (South Korea)
$10,000 offered by Stingray Classica

Opera Aria Award: Mario Bahg
$5,000 offered by Opéra de Montréal

Oratorio Award: Andrew Haji, tenor (Canada)
$5,000 offered by Aéroports de Montréal

Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award: Emily d'Angelo

Best Canadian Artist Award: Emily d'Angelo
$3,000 offered by the Bourbeau Foundation

Three CMIM grants for the unranked finalists ($2,000 each) offered by Maurice Deschamps, Hélène & Peter Hunt, and Joseph Rouleau: John Brancy, Mikhail Golovushkin, Andrew Haji.

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8 outstanding moments from the art song semifinal at the Montreal International Music Competition