|Friedrich Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth|
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The American Prize
in Vocal Performance
Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
ART SONG/ORATORIO DIVISION
The American Prize winner:
LEO RADO (Radosavljevic)
Among judges' comments: "a consummate performer."
2013: International-Finalist: Lotte Lenya Competition. Friedrich Schorr/The American Prize winner; National-Winner: Chicago Oratorio Award; 2nd National-Winner: Hal Leonard Art Song; The American Prize in Art Song; Shirley Rabb-Winston Grand Prize. For release summer 2014: Recording, "Beloved", a collection of classical arrangements spanning many languages, styles, and genres with violinist, Cara Schlecker and pianist, Myron Silberstein. For more information visit: www.christianketter.com
Among judges' comments: "Mr. Ketter presents a strong, deeply placed tenor voice."
Hailed by the Baltimore Sun for the shining color in his singing, Andrew Sauvageau, baritone, enjoys a diverse musical career, singing works written centuries ago as often as those written yesterday. His solo appearances include performances at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center. He has performed a variety of concerts on both sides of the country, including opera, oratorio, song, and the premieres of several new works by emerging American composers. Mr. Sauvageau is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and University of Oregon. He has recorded two French rarities on the Naxos label with Opera Lafayette. Visit www.andrewsauvageau.com to discover more.
Among judges' comments: "Mr. Sauvageau is a strong performer with an instrument that is flexible as he moves from style to style."
SPECIAL JUDGES' CITATION: "Excellence in American Song" for "An American Tapestry"
East Lansing MI
His operatic roles include Verdi's Macbeth; Tonio in Il Pagliacci; Scarpia in Tosca and Rigoletto in Verdi's Rigoletto. His orchestral credits include the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Radio Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Dallas Symphony.
Mr. Lightfoot was born in New York and holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Tufts University. He is winner of a National Opera Institute Grant, a Sullivan Foundation Grant and a Harp Grant. Earlier this year, Mr. Lightfoot won The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award. He is associate professor of voice at Michigan State University's College of Music.
Among judges' comments: "Mr. Lightfoot is a seasoned and talented performer. It is clear that this repertoire is dear to him and his interpretations are splendid."