Tuesday, April 29, 2014
ANNOUNCING: Chicago Oratorio Award winners, 2014
Four $500 prizes, one each for soprano, mezzo-soprano (alto), tenor, baritone (bass), have been awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under the baton of Maestro David Katz in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, performing the solo portions of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and the Quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago.
This additional opportunity, offered as part of 2014 The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards national competition, is judged entirely independently from the rest of the contests.
Tickets for the performance may be purchased by clicking here.
The 2014 winners are:
JULIANNE GEARHART, soprano
Gearhart's relationship with Seattle has been close and longstanding. A graduate of their Young Artist Program, she made her mainstage debut in Seattle as Helen Niles in the premiere of the revised Mourning Becomes Electra. Other roles followed, including Woglinde and the Waldvogel in their Ring Cycle as well as a relationship with the Seattle Symphony, where she most recently sang Poulenc’s Gloria, and for whom she has also sung Bach's notoriously difficult Cantata #51, Jauchzett Gott in allen Landen. She reprised the Bach for the White Mountain Bach Festival last season.
Gearhart made her Italian debut at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Sardinia, as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She also sang Blonde for the Vlaamse Opera’s 2010 production. She has performed with the Edinburgh Festival, Opera North, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Seattle Symphony, The Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York, Port Angeles Symphony, Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy, Grieg Choral Festival in Bergen, Norway, Chamber Music Amarillo, New Israeli Opera, and the Grand Theatre Geneve. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing under the baton of Maestro Rutter in Handel’s Messiah and Rutter’s Magnificat.
COURTNEY MILLER, mezzo-soprano
DANIEL KAMALIC, lyric tenor
PETER LIGHTFOOT, dramatic baritone