Friday, October 16, 2015

VOCAL WINNERS: men in opera, 2015

Friedrich Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth
The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and any citation recipients in the men's opera divisions of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2015. Congratulations! (Art song/oratorio results are included in a separate blog post.)

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

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The American Prize 
in Vocal Performance
Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
PROFESSIONAL OPERA DIVISION

The American Prize winner:
PETER LIGHTFOOT
East Lansing, MI
PETER LIGHTFOOT
PETER LIGHTFOOT  described as "vocally brilliant" by Opera News he has been heard with companies both here and abroad.  He has performed with the New York City Opera, the Greater Miami Opera, the Wexford Festival, Mercatello Festival, L’Opéra de Nice, Opera Cagli, Hawaii Opera Theater, the Houston Grand Opera, the Aspen Festival, Spier Festival, the Opera Orchestra of New York, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Piedmont Opera Theatre, Mexico City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Knoxville Opera, Virginia Opera, the American Opera Center, Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Opera Delaware, and the Wildwood Festival.  He has appeared in such operatic roles as Scarpia, Rigoletto, Porgy, Tonio and Count Almaviva.  He has also appeared as Emile, in South Pacific and Sweeney Todd, in Sweeney Todd.  Mr. Lightfoot has also been a soloist with the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Radio symphony and the orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Dallas, Nashville, Sacramento, Knoxville, Tucson, Long Beach, Fresno, Pacific and Kalamazoo.

Peter was born in New York, and holds degrees from the Juilliard School  and  Tufts University.  Winner of a National Opera Institute Grant and their Bronze Medal for performance, a Sullivan Foundation grant and the Boston Opera Competition prize, he was also a finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition was named a Benedum Distinguished Scholar in 2000 and recently received a Harp Grant.  Peter is delighted to have joined the faculty at Michigan State University's College of Music where he is Associate Professor of Voice.  In 2014 his CD, "An American Tapestry" on the Blue Griffin Label won a special citation from the American Prize, "Excellence in American Song".   Mr. Lightfoot also was a 2014 Finalist for the American Prize in the Art Song Category and also was a winner of the American Prize, Oratorio Award.

2nd Place:
ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN
Chicago, IL
ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN
American Baritone ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN is increasingly praised for his artful interpretations of the opera, oratorio, and art song repertoire.  Andrew hails from Washington, DC, where he has performed with Washington National Opera as Brian Young in An American Soldier (2014), Rex in An American Man (2014), the Doganiere in La Boheme (2014) and the Spanish Sailor in Moby Dick (2014). As a champion of new works, Andrew has performed roles in the premieres of Robert Patterson and Mark Campbells’ The Whole Truth (Urban Arias, 2015), Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood (National Philharmonic Orchestra, 2013), Claude Debussy/Robert Orledge’s La Saulaie (University of Maryland Repertory Orchestra, 2013), and Frank Proto’s Shadowboxer (Maryland Opera Studio, 2011). Mr. McLaughlin also had the honor of joining famed mezzo-soprano and new music advocate Frederica von Stade and maestro Timothy Long in "A Few Words About Chekhov" to close out the University of Maryland's 2012 Art of Argento Festival. Andrew has held artist apprenticeships at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Virginia Opera, and at Central City Opera, where he made his professional debut as Le Dancaïre in Carmen (2011).  Upcoming engagements this year include performances as baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem and Bach’s Johannes Passion with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at Strathmore, as the Judge/Captain/Crook in Bernstein’s Candide with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and as Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème with Virginia Opera.  Andrew received his undergraduate degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland where he was a member of the Maryland Opera Studio.


3rd Place
JORELL WILLIAMS
New York, NY
JORELL WILLIAMS
Jorell Williams, two time winner of the American Traditions Competition and acclaimed by The New York Times for his “magnificent, rich toned” baritone and his “perfect” comic timing, is gaining international success on both the opera and concert stages. His 2015 season includes debuts with Carnegie Hall, Urban Arias, American Repertory Theater, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, and an apprenticeship with Santa Fe Opera. A frequent performer of American music, he recently performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the United States and London tours of Abyssinian Mass led by composer Wynton Marsalis. Jorell is a recipient of top awards from the Gerda Lissner International Competition, Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, the Liberace Foundation, Sergei Koussevitzky Foundation, David Adams art song competition, Civic Morning Musicals Foundation, and the Charles A. Lynam Competition. For more information please visit: www.JorellMWilliams.com.


CAREER ENCOURAGEMENT CITATION:
IAN MCEUEN
Bethesda, MD
IAN MCEUEN
In November 2013, Ian McEuen created the roles of the Hippo, Holy Man, and Dog in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and J.D. McClatchy’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me for his debut at Washington National Opera. Last summer, He returned for his second season as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, where he sang Goro in Francesca Zambello’s new production of Madame Butterfly. In the 2014/15 season, Ian will join the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, covering St. Brioche in a new production of The Merry Widow directed by Susan Stroman. In April of 2015, Ian will make his Carnegie Hall debut as the Tenor Soloist in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers with Manhattan Concert Productions.


The American Prize 
in Vocal Performance
Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY OPERA DIVISION

The American Prize winner:
GALEANO SALAS
Philadelphia, PA
GALEANO SALAS
Galeano Salas is a Texas native who grew up in Mexico City. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Upcoming roles include the lead role in Faust and the cover of Borsa in Santa Fe Opera's production or Rigoletto. Galeano most recently sang the roles Rodolfo in La boheme, Alfredo in La traviata and German in Pique Dame. This year, Galeano received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. In 2014 he placed second at the National Classical Singer Competition and was a finalist at both Lois Alba and Opera Index Inc. competitions. Young Artist Programs include Santa Fe Opera Apprentice (2015), Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist (2012, 2013), Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist (2011), the Texas Music Festival: Le Chiavi di Bel Canto (2010, 2014), and Resident Artist of Ohio Light Opera (2009). Galeano Salas holds a MM from Yale University and a BM from the University of Houston.


2nd Place:
CALVIN GRIFFIN
Columbus, OH
CALVIN GRIFFIN
Calvin Griffin, bass-baritone, is a second year Studio Artist with Arizona Opera.  This season, he will perform Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Speaker/2nd Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, and Hortensius in La fille du régiment. He made his Richmond Symphony debut as the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah. Mr. Griffin made his Santa Fe Opera debut last summer singing the Notary in Don Pasquale as an Apprentice Artist, and will return next summer to sing Count Ceprano, as well as Hortensius.  Last season at Arizona Opera, his roles included Colline in La bohème and Dr. Grenville in La traviata. He will return for Arizona Opera’s 2015/16 season to sing Captain in Florencia en el Amazones, Zuniga in Carmen, and Pistola in Falstaff.  The Columbus, Ohio native earned his BM Voice from The Ohio State University and his MM Voice from Rice University. calvingriffinbassbaritone.com


3rd Place:
CHRISTOPHER SOKOLOWSKI
Hurley, NY
CHRISTOPHER SOKOLOWSKI
Tenor Christopher Sokołowski is a native of New York’s Hudson Valley, and has sung a wide repertoire of both concert and operatic works. He has performed roles including Acis (Acis and Galatea) Oronte (Alcina), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Mari (Les mamelles de Tirésias), and concert works such as Orff's Carmina Burana, Vaughan William’s On Wenlock Edge, Handel’s Messiah, Weber's Jubelmesse, Bach’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, Handel’s Esther, and Britten’s War Requiem. In 2013 he created the role of Thiện Sĩ in the world premiere of P.Q. Phan’s Tale of Lady Thị Kính, and sang the world premiere of Phan’s Vietnamese Requiem in April of 2015. He was a prizewinner in the S. Livingston Mather and Orpheus Vocal Competitions, earned his B.M. from SUNY Purchase, and his M.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was an Associate Instructor of Voice. www.christophersokolowski.com


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Congratulations!
(Art song/oratorio results are included in a separate blog post.)

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