Friday, May 3, 2019

WINNERS: The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in opera)—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2018-19

Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and citation recipient of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in opera, 2018-19—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

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.)

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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.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in opera (professional division),  2018-19, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize Winner
Career Encouragement Citation Winner:
Logan Tanner 
Lawrence NJ   
Logan Tanner
American countertenor, Logan Tanner, has been praised for his “striking musicality, clarity, and strong coloratura” (Opera Canada, 2018). Mr. Tanner has been an award recipient in several competitions, including first place in both the New York Classical Music Society International Competition, and the Choralis Young Artist Competition. Recently, he was honored to be selected as the winner of the American Prize in the Opera division- a national competition. Logan has been engaged as a leading soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Choralis, Chorus Austin, New York Chamber Choir, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, La Fiocco, the Arcadia Players, Monmouth Civic Chorus, the Westchester Oratorio Society, and the Sparkill Concert Series.

Equally comfortable in opera, Mr Tanner has performed on operatic stages throughout the United States and abroad. Recent roles have included Ruggiero with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a professional fellow. In his international opera debut, he received critical acclaim for his interpretation and performance of Oberon, King of the Fairies, in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Halifax Summer Opera Festival. An article in Opera Canada later praised Mr. Tanner as being a performer who “commanded the role of Oberon charmingly” (Opera Canada, 2018). This summer, Logan looks forward to attending The Music Academy of the West as a vocal fellow, where he will work with internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists, including famed mezzo-soprano, Marylin Horne. For more information about Logan, visit www.logantanneropera.com


2nd Place:
Charles H. Eaton III 
Storrs CT    
Charles H. Eaton III
American baritone Charles H. Eaton, makes his debut with Minnesota Opera as William Dale in Silent Night in the 2018-2019 season. In February, he returns to Madison Opera as Carl-Magnus in their A Little Night Music. He returns to Minnesota Opera in March to create the roles of Arnold Rothstein and George Gorman in the world premiere of Joel Puckett's The Fix. In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Eaton made multiple company debuts, including German Sentry/Soldier #3 in Silent Night with The Glimmerglass Festival as a member of the young artist program, Samuel in The Pirates of Penzancewith Park Square Theater, and Moralès in Carmen with Madison Opera. He also made his concert debut with The Mankato Symphony Orchestra as Riff in West Side Story.

In May of 2017, Charles completed a second year as a resident artist with Opera Colorado, where he performed Figaro in the touring production of The Barber of Seville, Bello in La fanciulla del West and Enrico in the student matinee of Lucia di Lammermoor.  In the previous season, he sang the Father in the touring production of Hansel and Gretel and Governor Bellingham in the student matinee of the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter. He returned to Des Moines Metro Opera in 2017 for a second summer as an apprentice, where he sang Mr. Linquist and covered Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music.  In their 2015 season, he covered Lescaut in Manon and participated in the ensemble of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice.  

Mr. Eaton has extensive experience with new American works; in addition to his assignments in Silent Night at The Glimmerglass Festival, he performed a staged version of Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles in a concert featuring a talkback with Jamie Bernstein (Leonard’s daughter).  In September of 2017, Charles participated in Minnesota Opera’s Act I workshop of The Fix, a new American opera by Joel Puckett (to premiere in the 2018-2019 season). He also participated in their Act I workshop for The Shining (premiered 2016), where he prepared the role of Horace Derwent. In May of 2014, he shared the lead baritone role (Hurstwood) in a workshop performance of Sister Carrie at Florentine Opera (premiered 2016).


3rd Place:
Jeff Byrnes 
Detroit MI   
Jeff Byrnes
Baritone Jeff Byrnes recently completed his second year as a Studio artist at the Michigan Opera Theatre. This past season he was seen as Dancairo in Carmen, William Dale in Silent Night, John Brooke in Little Women, and Sonora in La Fanciulla del West. Previously at MOT, Jeff performed the role of Old Servant in Elektra, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and Schaunard in La Bohème. Prior to joining MOT, he performed the role of Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with Dayton Opera, and he covered Germont in La Traviata and Balstrode in Peter Grimes with Des Moines Metro Opera. Other operatic highlights include Leporello in Don Giovanni and the title role in The Mikado with the Natchez Opera Festival, and Figaro  in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sprecher  in Die Zauberflöte, and Pilate in St. John Passion with CCM Opera. He was a National Semi-finalist of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in 2016, a regional finalist in the Rocky Mountain Region  in 2014, and he was awarded the Encouragement Award in the New Orleans district in 2010. Most recently, Jeff was a Grant recipient of the 2018 Gerda Lissner Internation Vocal Competition, a Finalist in the 2017 Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition as well as the 2017 Shreveport Opera Competition. Jeff has participated in the young artist programs at Michigan Opera Theatre, Martina Arroyo's Prelude to performance, Dayton Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Seagle Music Colony. Last summer, he was a Gerdine young artist at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where he will be returning this summer to perform the role of Baron in La Traviata. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Louisiana State University.


The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in opera (college/university division),  2018-19, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize winner:
Ian Murrell 
Vandalia IL   
Ian Murrell
Hailed as a "powerful" and "resonant baritone" by Indiana Public Media, Ian Murrell is a native of Vandalia, Illinois. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.

Murrell has quickly acquired several operatic and musical theatre credits with both professional and educational institutions. Role credits include Enrico Aston in Indiana University Opera Theatre's production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Harry Bailey in Jake Heggie's It's A Wonderful Life with IU Opera Theatre, Ned Keene in Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes with IU Opera Theatre, Count Gil in Ermano Wolf-Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna with University of Evansville's Schmidt Opera Series, Bob in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, and Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, each with University of Evansville's Schmidt Opera Series. He has also portrayed Yamadori in Puccini's Madama Butterfly in a staged production with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Ian is an alumnus of the Asheville Lyric Opera young artist program, Aspen Music Festival and School, and most recently the Chautauqua Opera Company Studio Artist Program where he performed as a Judge and the Prefect while covering Maximilian in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Mr. Murrell also covered the role of Hannah Before in Laura Kaminsky's chamber opera, As One, while appearing on several concerts and recitals at the Chautauqua Institution.

In addition to his operatic work, Murrell excels in operetta and musical theatre repertoire, having played Anselmo and the Captain of the Inquisition in Asheville Lyric Opera's production of Man of La Mancha. He has also played the role of Stewpot in addition to covering the role of Emile de Becque in Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific with Asheville Lyric Opera.


2nd Place:
Benjamin Howard 
Denton TX 
Benjamin Howard
Marked as a “standout” (Chicago Tribune), baritone Benjamin Howard is quickly becoming a sought-after young talent to watch. Howard was named a winner of the 2018 American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, culminating in a performance as the bass soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater at St. James Cathedral. In the summer of 2018, Howard makes his debut with Utah Festival Opera as a Young Artist, singing the roles of Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods and the Sergeant in The Barber of Seville. Recent roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera in the Ozarks and the title role in Don Giovanni at the University of North Texas. As a concert soloist, Howard most recently sang with the Abilene Philharmonic, performing Broadway love songs. In the 2017-2018 season, Howard returned to the Fort Worth Opera stage in its production of Don Pasquale, and also sang for the Dallas Opera Education & Outreach program.

Howard has additionally sung roles with Chicago’s Main Street Opera including Joaquín Rodrigo’s Ausencias de Dulcinea. A Los Angeles native, Howard received his Bachelor of Music and Musical Theatre Certificate at Northwestern University and Master of Music degree at the University of North Texas.
  

3rd Place: 
Bradley Bickhardt 
Columbia NJ  
Bradley Bickhardt
Tenor, Brad Bickhardt is a native of Columbia, New Jersey.  He is in the first year of graduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music as an Associate Instructor of Voice, where he also received his Bachelor’s in Voice Performance.  At IU, he has appeared as Goro (Madama Butterfly), Hérrison (L’étoile), and Tony (West Side Story).  He has also sung in a masterclass held by Lawrence Brownlee.  He has previously sung with Charlottesville Opera, Opera Saratoga, and will appear as a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, singing the Officer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Hanif (Merlin’s Island) this summer.  In 2018 he was awarded the Winston-Rabb Scholarship from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and also was named a winner of the Indiana District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.  Upcoming engagements include a role debut as Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) with IU Opera.  He is a student of Andreas Poulimenos.      



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