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The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award: Opera Division (men), 2013
The American Prize winner:
Christian Ketter (Chicago, IL)
Tenor Christian Ketter is returning in summer 2013 to Music By The Lake for a staged gala concert as Prince Karl Franz in Sigmund Romberg’s The Student Prince. A recent tenor soloist in the Bruckner Te Deum with the Chicago Bar Symphony Orchestra & Chorus as winner of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, Christian's performances this past year also included tenor soloist in both DuBois’ Les sept paroles du Christ and Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, and Willy Loman in Rizzer’s operatic adaptation of Death of a Salesman, this last at the Chicago Cultural Center. Mr. Ketter was privileged in the past year to be musically coached and staged by American composer Carlisle Floyd in a concert celebrating his operatic works.
Christian Ketter was an International Finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, 2nd National Winner in both the HalLeonard Art Song and Musical Theatre Competitions, and was a 2012 winner of The American Prize Friedrich Schorr Memorial Award. He is the recipient of the Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarships in Voice (Grand Prize Winner), was a National Finalist in the Shreveport Opera Competition and a finalist for the Harold Haugh young artist award.
Mr. Ketter has studied under and sung in masterclasses with renowned artists including legendary stage director Tito Capobianco; soprano, Diana Soviero; baritone, Nathan Gunn; Maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda; the Metropolitan Opera’s Joan Dornemann; film conductor David Friedman; Verdi Baritone Sherrill Milnes; and heldentenor Carl Lawrenz. For more information about Mr. Ketter go to www.christianketter.com
Among judges' comments: "Mr. Ketter has a beautiful, silvery voice. He sings with wonderful legato lines and spins a lovely musical phrase."
Mitchell Hutchings (Cincinnati, OH)
Among judges' comments: "Mr. Hutchings has a very expressive, solid baritone voice...he sings with a real flair for the dramatic..."
Michael Orlinsky (Chicago, IL)
Michael Orlinsky is a baritone who is developing a growing singing career in the Chicago area. As well as singing for several companies, he has produced, directed and portrayed Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief and Ben in The Telephone. Since moving to Chicago he has started graduate studies at North Park University (NPU) studying with Dr. Karen Bauer. Michael has been seen in such roles as Papageno (The Magic Flute) and The Wolf (The Knightly News) (Premiere), among other roles. Michael is a composer of art song as well as a performer. Michael is engaged to perform Ko-ko-ri-ko in Ba-ta-clan with North Park University as well as solos in Messiah, and Bach’s Magnificat. He will also be covering the bass solos in the Faure Requiem with VOX3. In the fall he is engaged to sing Zuniga in Carmen. www.mobaritone.com
Among judges' comments: "a wonderful voice...and “Madamina” is a wonderful aria for him...excellent possibilities..."
The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award: Art Song Division (men), 2013
The American Prize winner:
Darren Chase (New York, NY)
Among judges' comments: "Mr. Chase sings with exquisite technique, consistent up and down the scale."
Baritone Michael Cavalieri has sung a wide range of styles and repertoire, from concert to opera to ensemble. He was last seen on the Symphony Center stage with Sir Marc Elder and the Chicago Civic Orchestra singing Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Previously, he made his Chicago Chorale debut in Grieg's Four Hymns.
His operatic roles include Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Gianni Schicchi,Valentin (Faust), Escamillo (Carmen), and Germont (La Traviata). He was heard in Light Opera Works productions of Sondheim's A Little Night Music (Carl Magnus) and Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), a performance which prompted the Chicago Sun-Times to call his voice "rich and juicy." Michael contributed over a dozen songs to the complete songbook of Charles Ives for Naxos Records. He currently sings in the ensembles of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Solo Dei Gloria. http://michael.cavalieri.ws
Among judges' comments: "He sings with a great sense of phrasing in the long lyric lines."
Conor Angell (Houghton, NY)
Among judges' comments: "Mr. Angell is a fine singer and performer. His good stage demeanor draws you into his presentation."
Congratulations to all winners and runners-up.