Spectacular Voices in Hamamatsu

Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka announces its winners

Well-known to WFIMC members since the 2023 General Assembly in Hamamatsu, the city was recently host to the “other” international competition of the area: the Mt. Fuji international Competition of Shizuoka. Commencing in 1996, the 50th year after the death of soprano Tamaki Miura, Shizuoka Prefectural Government has held the Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka once every three years to commemorate the world-famous prima donna, known for her ties to Shizuoka Prefecture. 

The 9th competition was originally scheduled in 2020, however, it was postponed to 2023 due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Out of 271 applicants, 51 people from all over the world took part in the competition. It was especially popular for singers from neighboring South Korea, who ended up taking the top prizes in this edition. 

The next Mt. Fuji international Opera Competition will take place in 2026.


1st Prize: Samueol Park (31), Berlin, Baritone

2nd Prize: Jihoon Park (32), Seoul, Tenor

3rd Prize: Jungrae Noah Kim (29), Zürich, Baritone



Toshimitsu Kimura (Chair), Sang-Ho Choi, Jocelyne Dienst-Bladin, David Gowland, Rie Hamada, Naoko Ihara, Yasuhiro Miura, Lenore Rosenberg, Cheryl Studer



Tokyo Symphony Orchestra/ Naoshi Takahashi(Conductor)

Prize winners 2023

Samueol Park, 1st prize

Jihoon Park, 2nd prize

Jungrae Noah Kim, 3rd prize

Prize winners and Jury

competition website

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