PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:There were co-winners in the Professional division in 2011. Each will receive the same honors.
Blake Friedman, tenor, New York, NY
“Fresh Lyric Tenor” (OperaNews Online) Blake Friedman, is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Praised for his “climactic high notes” by Q on Stage, Mr. Friedman was named Honorable Mention in the 2010 Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition and was a Finalist in The New York Lyric Opera Theatre Vocal Competition of 2010. Mr. Friedman’s performance credits include opera, oratorio, solo and choral engagements, most notably: Cover of Tenor 6 “The Prince” in Conrad Susa’s Transformations as guest artist at The Juilliard School.
THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
Jonathan Beyer, baritone, Philadelphia, PA
Jonathan Beyer is a baritone who has performed with opera companies in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, Fort Worth, Santa Barbara, and Aix-en-Provence among others. He has also appeared with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baton Rouge, Vermont, and Indianapolis Symphonies. He was the 1st Place Winner at the Marian Anderson, McCammon, Cooper, DuPont, Verismo, American Opera Society, and Bel Canto Competitions. He has degrees from the Curtis Institute and Roosevelt University. Upcoming engagements include Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Knoxville, Dallas, Austin, Chicago Symphony, and Carnegie Hall.
Jeffrey Hill, Annandale on Hudson, NY
Jeffrey Hill, 25, tenor. Featured young artist at both Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Music Academy of the West. Carnegie Hall recital debut this spring. He has already made recital debuts in Paris and New York, and has won several competitions, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Featured in reviews as “a force to be reckoned with, [a voice] that sounds effortless but absolutely commands the listener’s attention,” “impressively rich and full-bodied” and “Authoritative.”