Christine Steyer, soprano, Oak Park, IL
Chicagoan Christine Steyer received major awards at the Altamura/Caruso International Competition and National Opera Association Competition. Roles include Pamina with Tulsa Opera, Abigail in The Crucible, the Marschallin and Violetta and has performed numerous roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Upcoming engagements include Butterfly, Four Last Songs and Mother in Amahl. She is featured on Caroline Myss' Voices of the Sacred and founded Bellissima Opera Outreach which brought free music to 9,000 schoolchildren in 2010.
THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
Georgia Duan, soprano, Bronx, NY
Soprano Georgia Duan is a rising talent with a keen interest in the Italian and Austrian operatic styles. She made her German debut as the Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) with the Mittelsächsisches Theater Freiberg and has sung Mabel with Opera San Luis Obispo. In December, she returns to San Francisco to sing Giulia in Rossini’s La scala di seta. Georgia holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford University.
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, soprano, Alexander, NY
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, 16 year old, lyric coloratura soprano was showcased on the CBS Morning Show with Renee Fleming. Emily was awarded first place at the Schmidt Vocal Competition and Classical Singer’s Mannes College and Boston Conservatory, Marvin Hamlisch BPO Contest, and Rochester Oratorio Classical Idol. Emily performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation, NYC as winner of the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition She performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Viva Vivaldi Festival (four years), Rochester Philharmonic, Genesee Symphony, and Cheektowaga Orchestra.