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The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2018-19, based on submitted recordings.
REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)
The American Prize in Vocal Performance NEW: ORATORIO DIVISION, professional (women), 2018-19, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
The American Prize winner:
Melissa Kornacki, American Mezzo-Soprano, is a “remarkably talented,” (DC Theater Scene) in- demand artist performing widely across the United States and abroad. Most recently, she was seen as a featured soloist in "Musicale: Andrew Simpson and Friends" at Dacor in DC where she sang the role of Lori from "The Outcasts of Poker Flat." Ms. Kornacki made her Carnegie Hall debut as a Finalist in the 2017 Lyndon Woodside Competition for the Oratorio Society of New York. She is a Leopold Damrosch Award recipient. In 2016 she won First Prize in the Lyra New York International Vocal Competition for the Oratorio Division. Other recent appearances include a performance of the Peter Lieberson "Rilke Songs" at the Arts Club of Washington, and a chorus role at the Washington National Opera Gala featuring world renown artist, Renée Fleming.
Other 2015-2016 season highlights include a number of comedic roles starting with Ms. Benson in Delibes’s "Lakmé" first with Baltimore Concert Opera, and then later, Opera Delaware. Next Melissa took on the role of the famed chef Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s "Bon Appétit" with Opera Delaware. Melissa coached with professional pastry chef, Michele Mitchell of the Hotel Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware and together with the vision of director, Bud Martin, the stage was transformed into a live cooking show with real ingredients. Melissa then went on to portray Orlofsky in Strauss’s "Die Fledermaus" with Baltimore Concert Opera where she got to act alongside legendary actor, John Astin. Ms. Kornacki also performed her first Wagnerian role in "Götterdämmerung" with Union Avenue Opera. She gained positive reviews stating, “Melissa Kornacki makes her Waltraute fascinating nevertheless--beautifully sung with real depth of character” (Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX.org) and that she “struck sparks in her scene with her love-besotted sister” (St. Louis Post).
Ms. Kornacki made her international debut in 2007 in the United Arab Emirates performing the roles of Dinah in Bernstein’s "Trouble in Tahiti," and Anita in Bernstein’s "West Side Story." Since then she has also shown a great interest in new works. She covered the role of Orfeo in a new adaptation by Five Words in a Line entitled, "Orfeo, Eurydice and The Serpent" that was performed at St. Mark’s Theater in New York. She then originated the dual role of Dr.Greene/Sage 2 in Kyle Gullings’s Opera "Oblivion" at the Capital Fringe Festival in DC. Melissa is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was an Emerging Artist with Opera New Jersey and an Outreach Apprentice with the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia. She was a 2014 New Jersey State Opera finalist.
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