|Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth|
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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:
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
Charles H. Eaton III
|Charles H. Eaton III|
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).
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:
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.
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.