Aurelio Estanislao Class 1946
Aurelio Estanislao became one of the best-known classical singers and teachers in the Philippines. As with Elisabeth Simon's first prize in the soprano range, Estanislao's second prize in the Jos Orelio category was not a big surprise. He had been awarded with the 2nd prize in the prestigious Concours International d'Execution Musicale de Genève, 1954. In that year he also recorded what seems to have been his first vinyl record for Decca. With Hedy Salquin at the piano, he recorded all seven of Manuel de Falla's 'Siete canciones populares espanolas.'
By 1958, the year of his participation in the IVC contest, Estanislao had established a career which at least took him to the U. S. Provinces, since he appeared there at the Sixth annual May Festival at the university of Michigan. He sang there the title role of Händel's Solomon. He came to Den Bosch with a clear ambition, and had the means to invest in his career, since he traveled to Den Bosch accompanied by his own pianist. All critics praised his artistry; Leo Hanekroot for De Tijd described his performances in detail:
'A shrewd vocalist with immaculate technique, and an artist such as one can't easily find. His style in Bach was unmatched by any other competitor. Better yet was his rendition of 'Herr was trägt der Boden hier' from Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch. This was no longer a song. This was an emanation of mystic proportions. Schwarzkopf can sing this. And now we know that a certain Aurelio Estanislao from the Philippines can also sing it, even though it must be alien to his culture. It was truly unique!'