Tuesday, October 13, 2015

VOCAL WINNERS: women in opera, 2015

Friedrich Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth
The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and special citation recipients in the women's opera divisions of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2015. Congratulations!

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:
AUNDI MARIE MOORE
Bowie, MD
AUNDI MARIE MOORE

Aundi Marie Moore is quickly establishing herself as one of America's leading young sopranos,  receiving accolades from audience and critics alike.  The Washington Post recently hailed her as possessing a voice of “clarion beauty,” and The Richmond Times raved “Now to the spectacular: Throughout the program, Moore was riveting- a dazzling stage presence. Her lyric soprano, more than powerful enough to fill the hall, displayed a shimmering luster, effortless flexibility and a remarkable range of color...one sensed that this woman could sing anything in any style, with stunning results.” Career highlights include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with L'Opéra de Monte Carlo, Nedda in Pagliacci with Sarasota Opera, Serena in Porgy and Bess with Atlanta Opera and Virginia Opera, Young African American Soprano in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's Rappahannock County with Virginia Opera, and Odessa Clay in the World Premier of Approaching Ali with Washington National Opera. Additional engagements of note include Lady Thiang in The King and I with Lyric Opera of Virginia, and Nettie Fowler in Carousel with Ashlawn Music Festival. Engagements for the soprano during the 2013 - 2014 season included the National Symphony for Knoxville: Summer of 1915, as well as portraying Serena in Porgy and Bess with Syracuse Opera and the role of Soprano 2 in the World Premiere of Nyman’s Facing Goya with the Spoleto Festival USA and on tour with the Singapore Arts Festival.  Upcoming engagements for 2015 are Soprano Soloist with Virginia Symphony Orchestra presenting Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Soloist with Corpus Christi Symphony in Texas.


2nd Place:
ADELAIDE BOEDECKER
Sarasota, FL
ADELAIDE BOEDECKER
Native of Sarasota, Florida, Adelaide Boedecker grew up singing with the Sarasota Youth Opera and the Church of the Redeemer choir.   After many youth opera roles, Adelaide was asked to sing Barbarina in Sarasota Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.  Dr. Paula Page was her private instructor, and both Nozze and Dr. Page inspired her to pursue a music degree.  Adelaide attended the University of Florida, where she studied with Dr. Anthony Offerle, while there she performed many roles.  After graduating from Florida in 2011, Adelaide earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Professor Kathryn Cowdrick.  At Eastman, Adelaide sang Mařenka in The Bartered Bride and Rose in Street Scene, and also represented Eastman at the Kennedy Center in March, 2012. After graduation in 2013, Adelaide toured the country as the soloist for the University of Rochester Meliora Capital Campaign, and was a freelance artist in the Rochester and Sarasota areas.  Adelaide currently studies with Kathryn Cowdrick. This past summer Adelaide headed to San Francisco, California, as a selected participant in the Merola Opera Program, where she sang the role of Stella in Andre Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire.   Currently, Adelaide is a resident artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, singing Marbouka in Mohammad Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, and Marie in the student matinee of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment.  This summer Adelaide is headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico, as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera.  She will return to Pittsburgh in the fall, for a second year as a resident artist with the company.


3rd Place
JODI KAREM
Brooklyn, NY
JODI KAREM

Ms. Karem recently performed the role of Carmen with Opera New York..  She has performed Eboli with La Forza dell'Opera, Flora with The Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the Witch from Hansel & Gretel with Bronx Opera.  Ms. Karem premiered the role of Lady Mabel with the Center for Contemporary Opera's production of The Secret Agent in New York City, the European debut with the Armel Festival in Hungary as well with Opera Grand Avignon in France.  The release of The Secret Agent CD features Ms. Karem as part of the debut cast.  Other roles include Santuzza,, Olga (Eugene Onegin), Ericka and Suzuki. Concert performances include 2 performances at Carnegie Hall as the Alto Soloist in Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore and alto soloist in Mozart's Requiem. She has performed with Dayton Philharmonic, Palm Beach Theatre Guild, the Metropolitan Opera Guild's "Spinning Strauss" Master Class Series with Jane Marsh as well as for the Lincoln Center Patrons and with the Louisville Orchestra.  In the spring, Ms. Karem will be performing with the Palm Beach Theatre Guild.  More information can be found at www.jodikarem.com


CAREER ENCOURAGEMENT CITATION:
GWENDOLYN BROWN
Chicago, IL
GWENDOLYN BROWN

Gwendolyn Brown’s performances of traditional and 20th century in opera, symphonic, musical theater and concert has earned her consistent critical acclaim. Ms. Brown’s performances have been hailed as “imposing,” and her “deep contralto” as “a transfixing force of nature” (Mark Swed).  “To hear Gwendolyn Brown is to experience that primal thrill which comes in the presence of a singer whose fusion of soul with a vast, resonant instrument is total.” (Kitty Montgomery). As one critic states, her singing is simply "stunning" (Andrew Patner).

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Gwendolyn Brown obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Fisk University,and pursued the Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Memphis. Young artist development included Des Moines Metro Opera, and The Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Her awards include Regional Winner and Finalist with the Metropolitan Opera Council in Memphis and Chicago. She resides in Chicago, Illinois.


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

The American Prize winner:
SARAH BAUER
Houston, TX
SARAH BAUER

Sarah Bauer, a native of St. Joseph, Michigan is the current soprano resident artist at Shreveport Opera for the 2014-2015 Season, where she has recently performed the role of Annina in La Traviata and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and will sing the role of Clorinda in La Cenerentola. Other roles performed include Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore and Peep-bo in The Mikado (Shreveport Opera), Beth in Little Women (Opera in the Ozarks), Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (University of Missouri - Kansas City Opera Theater).  She has also performed operetta with the Kansas City Metro Opera, as Casilda in The Gondoliers and Yum-yum in The Mikado. She has appeared as a featured soloist with The Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. You can hear more from her at www.sarahbauer-soprano.com.


2nd Place: (there was a tie)
JULIA DIFIORE
Gainesville, FL
JULIA DIFIORE

Mezzo-soprano Julia Di Fiore, recently named the Most Outstanding Voice Major at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, made her opera debut as Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte. She has since portrayed the characters of Rose Segal in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, the Witch in Into the Woods, for which she won the prestigious Magda Lachs Award for Exceptional Performance in the current year’s Vanderbilt Opera Theatre production (2013-2014). She will be performing the role of Foreign Singer in Florida State Opera’s production of Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. Julia has also toured in China performing opera scenes for the Vanderbilt Office of International Studies. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in May of 2014, Julia has gone on to pursue a Master’s at Florida State University with a fully funded graduate assistantship.


2nd Place: (there was a tie)
JANESE LEWIS
Jackson, MS
JANESE LEWIS
Janese Lewis has appeared in gala concerts with such artist as George Shirley, Faye Robinson, Barbara Conrad, Emma Goldman, Curtis Rayam and Chester Patton. She attended OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program in Northridge, CA and was accepted into residency at Carleton College with Dr. Lawrence Burnett. She is a graduate of Jackson State University where she studied with Phyllis Lewis-Hale. She has performed as a soloist in Austria, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan and throughout the U.S. She has most recently performed Handel’s Messiah with Jackson State University Chorale with orchestra. She is currently listed in the Artist Roster of the Mississippi Arts Commission. She has performed the role of La Tia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and covered Third Lady in The Magic Flute with Opera/South in Jackson, MS. She has performed scenes as Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Manon (Manon Lescaut), Eboli (Don Carlos), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutti), Carmen (Carmen), Maddelena (Rigoletto) and Ericka (Vanessa). www.janeselewis.com.


3rd Place: (there was a tie)
TASCHA ANDERSON
Helena, MT
TASCHA ANDERSON
Montana native, mezzo-soprano Tascha Anderson has most recently been seen performing the title role in L'Italiana in Algeri under the direction of maestro Andrew Altenbach and Johnathon Pape in Boston. Also in 2014, Ms. Anderson performed the role of Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia with maestro Altenbach, under the direction of Nathan Troup. Additionally, she sang the alto solo in BWV 12 with The Boston Conservatory Baroque Ensemble with Altenbach. In 2013, she performed the role of Mrs. Pasek in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen; again with maestro Altenbach and Pape, director.  Ms. Anderson has recently performed many roles internationally, as well, most notably a performance as Flora (La Traviata) at Flagstaff in Fidenza (Italy). Ms. Anderson obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University, with a focus on music, and a Master's of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory. This summer, Ms. Anderson was a Young Artist at Seagle Music Colony, performing the roles of Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Cinderella's Stepmother (Into the Woods).  Ms. Anderson currently studies with Rebecca Folsom in Boston.


3rd Place: (there was a tie)
STACEY TRENTESEAUX
Hattiesburg, MS
STACEY TRENTESEAUX

Stacey Michelle Trenteseaux resides in Hattiesburg, MS. Stacey recently sang Micaëla with CCM Summer Opera “Creating Carmen.” She makes her professional debut in Spring 2016 as Micaëla with Mississippi Opera’s Carmen and a concert version in Wuhan, China. She performed Hanna in Die lustige Witwe, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, and the title role of Suor Angelica with Southern Opera and Musical Theater Company; Fiordiligi with Astoria Music Festival; First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Manhattan Opera Studio; and as a resident artist with the Natchez Festival of Music, International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany, Sherrill Milnes VOICE Studio in Savannah, GA, and Operafestival di Roma. She is a winner of the 2015 William T. Gower Concerto Competition and currently pursues a DMA from the University of Southern Mississippi with Dr. Maryann Kyle. Stacey holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and Master’s degree from USM.


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

The American Prize winner:
GWYNETH CAMPBELL
New York, NY
GWYNETH CAMPBELL
16-year-old American Gwyneth Campbell is a rising lyric coloratura soprano. Recently won the role as Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at the NY Lyric Opera; sang as a soloist with Orquestra Clássica do Centro in the University of Coimbra 725th anniversary celebration; sang at Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York on the National Day of the Russian Federation. Performed in Carnegie Hall 30 times as prize winner in recital and orchestral soloist; sang at Stanislavsky Theater in "Moscow Meets Friends" sponsored by the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation; solo recitalist at the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Soloist at Merkin Hall, Liederkranz Foundation, Curtis Institute, Peter Norton Symphony Space.  At age 12, Gwyneth was accepted as the youngest student of Lorraine Nubar, Head of the Vocal Division, Juilliard Pre-College. She now studies with Maria Lyudko, Head of Vocal Department, St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, Russia.

On accepting The Prize, Ms. Campbell wrote: "I am thrilled to be chosen as the winner of The American Prize in Voice Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award for 2015, in the high school opera division.  Winning the prize is such an encouragement to me, and I am sure that my teacher Maria Lyudko from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Elizabeth Heuermann from the New York Lyric Opera will be pleased with this result." 


2nd Place:
SARAH AALDERING
Los Gatos, CA
SARAH AALDERING
Sarah Aaldering is a 15 year old Sophomore at Los Gatos High School in California. She Began private Voice lessons at the age of 11. She has won 1st Place in NATS Art Song Division for 3 years, and recently placed 1st in the Aria Division(21 years & under). She recently won 2nd and 3rd place for both Musical Theater, and Art Song in the Cal Western Region Division of NATS, and now qualifys to audition this Spring for the National NATS Competition. She recently won 1st place in her local VOCE MTAC(Music Teachers Association of California) competition, and will now compete at Chapman University at the VOCE State Finals in April. She recently was given a CMEA award for her singing with a Superior Command Performance in vocals. She has appeared in 11 musicals, of which her favorite roles being Griddlebone(CATS), and Barnum(Jenny Lind).


3rd Place:
TARYN SURRATT
Houston, TX
TARYN SURRATT
Taryn Surratt is a high school junior at Northshore Senior High in Houston, Texas. She is a two year member of TMEA’s All-State mixed choir and a recipient of the Outstanding Soloist Award from Texas's UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest. She was also a winner in UofH's 2015 Classical Singers Competition and is a two year member of St.Paul's Choral Scholars. She aspires to receive Masters in both Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy. 


HONORABLE MENTION:
NICOLE KOH
Daly City CA
NICOLE KOH
Nicole Koh, soprano, is from Daly City, California. From 2011-2015 she attended Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts high school and studied voice with Todd Wedge. She has placed in every year that she has competed in the NATS competition and was the first place recipient in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in the Early Teen Division in 2012 and High School Division in 2015. She won first place in the Pacific Musical Society Competition (high school division) in 2014 and was a winner of the YoungArts Competition (HM) in 2015. In 2012, she was casted as the Second Woman in the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts opera "Dido and Aeneas." She is currently a freshman at UCLA and studies voice with Michael Dean.

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