Thursday, August 28, 2014

VOCAL WINNERS: men in art song

Friedrich Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth
The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up in the men's art song division of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2014. 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

The American Prize winner:
LEO RADO (Radosavljevic)
Wilmette  IL
Leo Rado
Recent 3rd prize winner of the 8th International Klaudia Taev competition in Pärnu, Estonia, twenty-four-year-old baritone Leo Rado is establishing himself as a uniquely versatile performer in the world of opera. He has performed as soloist in opera, art song, and oratorio to high critical acclaim at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, and Ravinia Festival. In addition to his mastery of the standard operatic repertoire from Monteverdi through Britten, Leo particularly enjoys creating recitals of unknown vocal masterpieces by composers that are more well known for their instrumental music, such as Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Schönberg and Prokofiev.

Among judges' comments: "a consummate performer."

2nd Place:
Chicago  IL
Christian Ketter
Tenor, Christian Ketter recently made his Carnegie Hall debut with Marilyn Horne’s festival: “The Song Continues." 2013: Tenor soloist, Bruckner Te Deum, Chicago Bar Symphony and Orchestra; DuBois’ Les sept paroles du Christ; Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël. Willy Loman: Rizzer’s Death of a Salesman, Chicago Cultural Center. 2011: Mr. Ketter performed under Carlisle Floyd in a concert of Floyd's operatic works. Evita (Che) Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; Tosca (Cavaradossi) Calumet City Chamber-Ensemble; Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights (Edgar) in its televised Chicago premiere; ShowBoat (Ravenal). 2010: At Ravinia, Mr. Ketter gave a recital benefitting the Misericordia Foundation.

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:

Among judges' comments: "Mr. Ketter presents a strong, deeply placed tenor voice."

3rd Place:
Baltimore  MD
Andrew Sauvageau

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 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
Peter Lightfoot
Dramatic baritone Peter Lightfoot's "An American Tapestry" with pianist Dr. Deborah Moriarity, can now be heard on Blue Griffin Records. Lightfoot performed Falstaff in Verdi’s Falstaff in Cagli and Mercatello, Italy.  His performance of Marbuel at the Wexford Festival in The Devil and Kate is on DVD. Lightfoot was Bass soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Sir John Rutter at Carnegie Hall.

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."  


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