"Marigona Qerkezi displayed a kaleidoscopic voice of voluptuous richness and a seamless wide range. Her rendition of "E strano...Ah! Fors'é lui...Sempre libera" from Verdi's La traviata proved her to be the judges' ideal: a young singer with vast potential and a resumé that needed a welcome boost from the opera Establishment. To that end, she was also granted a Special Award for three months of study at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala." ~ Alexandra Ivanoff 12 September 2015