Above all, I would like to thank the Hildegard Zadek Foundation for supporting my training at the Accademia di Perfezionamento per Cantanti Lirici del Teatro alla Scala. I am convinced that the scholarship provides a truly significant assistance, because it enables a young person like me to experience an environment of great artistic prestige and pursue the study and promotion of Italian Belcanto, which has been a musical highlight of my country for centuries.
My generation never experienced Hilde Zadek on stage, but we know her through her recordings and because of her biography. I am all the more pleased and honoured that the Hildegard Zadek Foundation has decided to support my training at the Vienna State Opera Studio with a scholarship established in honour of this great soprano. It is a wonderful gift to be able to learn and perform on the stage where she herself sang for many years.
It means a lot to me to be able to trace the footsteps of Hilde Zadek, who excelled as an artist in roles that I also hope to sing one day. Her long and by no means easy life is an inspiration to me. Hilde Zadek set us an example of what it means to be a great person as well as an artist.
I would like to thank the Hildegard Zadek Foundation from the bottom of my heart for their generosity.
I'm so honored to be chosen as the recipient of Hildegard Zadek scholarship this year. The Foundation’s generosity really means a lot to me and helps me so much during this transition from a student to a professional singer. Your acknowledgment really boosts my confidence to keep exploring my way into the opera world and in launching my career. The selfless dedication to this art form by the Hildegard Zadek Foundation will always be remembered by the young singers like me that have benefited from this generous award.
Eva Maria Riedl
Meeting Hilde Zadek was a very great and impressive experience. I had already heard the name in China, and when I got the opportunity to apply for a scholarship in 2018, I naturally seized it with immense gratitude. Being awarded a scholarship made me very happy. To meet such a great artist, who has invested so much in the future of young singers and provided them with help and encouragement, is something I will always remember.
With the scholarship, I could take time to work with répétiteurs and plan trips to introduce myself to theatres, without worrying about travel expenses. In 2018, I had a good guest contract at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad.
Today, I hold a position as voice professor at Yangda University in Shandong, China. Our second child was born in Sept. 2019 in China. My connection with the Rossini Festival in Wildbad is very good, and there is a great interest in young Chinese singers. I am continuing to build my solo career in China and Germany.
Thank you very much for all the help I had through the scholarship.