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The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award: Opera Division (women), 2013, PROFESSIONAL:
The American Prize winner:
Suzanne Vinnik (New York, NY)
Among judges' comments: "...a rich voice of incredible clarity and beauty…..perfect for the repertoire submitted."
Josefien Stoppelenburg (Evanston, IL)
Among judges' comments: "You are vocally superb in this genre. Both the Latin and the German are clear and accurate. Beautiful performances!"
Arietha Lockhart (Decatur GA)
Arietha Lockhart was the voice of the White Butterfly during the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. A favorite soloist of conductor Robert Shaw, she frequently performs works by contemporary American composers as well as music of international masters in recitals and concerts. Recent performances include works by Handel, Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. Her roles include Zerbinetta (Ariadne), Queen of the Night (Magic Flute) Mama King in the contemporary opera (I Dream) about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by composer Douglas Tappin. Her prizes and honors include: an Aspen Music Festival fellowship, 2nd place in the first Competition sponsored by Classical Singer Magazine, The National Opera Association Competition’s Legacy Award, 2nd place in The Center for Contemporary Opera International, the Friedrich Shorr Memorial Prize in Voice, Super Finalist in American Opera Idol Competition, 3rd place in the Oratorio Society of New York competition, and winner of the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria. Website: www.AriethaLockhart.com
Among judges' comments: "Lovely, light coloratura. Good sense of variety of styles in submitted selections..."
The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award: Opera Division (women), 2013, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY:
The American Prize winner:
Lilla Heinrich Szász (Princeton, NJ)
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24 year old soprano Lilla Heinrich Szász has won critical acclaim for her “appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit” (The New York Times) and
has performed to great acclaim in both operatic and concert repertoire across the U.S and Europe. She is a masters student at Juilliard, where she received her Bachelors and is a recent winner of the Juilliard Honors Recital. Operatic highlights include Lucinde (MET + Juilliard collaboration of Gluck's Armide), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Helena (Midsummer Night's Dream), Laetitia (Old Maid and the Thief), Geraldine (Hand of Bridge) and has fully covered the roles of Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Zhou (Kommilitonen! U.S. premier) and Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea). She has also worked with renowned artists Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, William Christie, Ken Noda, Graham Johnson, Warren Jones and performed in Marilyn Horne's Foundation Festival at Carnegie Hall. www.lillaheinrichszasz.com
Among judges' comments: "The instrument is round and supple, overall, with a wonderful attention to musicality."
Vanessa Naghdi (Manassas, VA)
Lyric coloratura soprano Vanessa Naghdi received her Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her opera and musical theater credits include Amelia Goes to the Ball (Amelia), Hansel and Gretel (Dew Fairy), Suor Angelica (Lay Sister), Die Fledermaus, and most recently, Camelot with Virginia Opera. Vanessa has also performed opera in Europe, including in Die Jungfrau von Orléans (Solo Angel) and Suor Angelica (Genevieffa) with the Mittelsächsisches Theater, and in recital, including in “An Evening of Mörike Lieder.” She has performed with the Crittenden Opera Studio and Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival. In 2011, Ms. Naghdi was awarded both the Summer Studies Grant and Friends of Opera Scholarship from VCU’s Department of Music and was the First Place winner in the VA NATS Competition. She is a current student of Elizabeth K. Vrenios and will be attending graduate school for voice in the fall of 2013.
Among judges' comments: "...a lovely voice with plenty of color and a control that communicates skillful expression."
Diana Yodzis (Matthews, NC)
Diana Yodzis, mezzo-soprano, is an active performer in Opera, musical theater and concert works. Roles include Hansel, Hansel and Gretel, Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Laurie, Oklahoma!, Announcer, Gallantry, and more. A senior at UNCG, Ms. Yodzis will be starting graduate studies in the fall after spending her summer at Warren Jones and Marilyn Horne's prestigious young artist program at The Music Academy of the West, where she will sing the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Diana is a frequent award winner in competitions including National MTNA (Finalist, 2013), NC Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Encouragement Award, 2013), NCNATS (1st place, 2009-2013) and others. Ms. Yodzis is an Alyse Smith Cooper Music Scholarship recipient at UNCG under the tutelage of Dr. Nancy Walker.
Among judges' comments: "a rich, round instrument that is consistently powerful and luxurious throughout the voice."
The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award: Opera Division (women), 2013, HIGH SCHOOL:
The American Prize winner:
Emily Pogorelc (Whitefish Bay, WI)
Among judges' comments: "...brings power and flexibility to her performance while maintaining a sense of delicacy to softer selections."
Hayley Boggs (Oakland, MI)
Among judges' comments: "a round, ringing quality. She shows much promise...and dramatically interprets her selections with conviction and energy."
Emily Perry (Powell, OH)
Emily Perry, 16, is a sophomore at Olentangy Liberty High School and a member of several of its choirs. Additionally, Emily is a member of the Columbus International Children's Choir and a private student of Yvonne Shapiro-Mazo. When not pursuing her love for singing, Emily enjoys working with autistic children, reading, spending time with her family and friends, working on mission trips, and writing. Emily resides in Powell, Ohio with her mother, father, and brother.
Among judges' comments: "a strong upper range with good support...gesture is effective when used in the context of the aria's message..."
Congratulations to winners and runners-up.