|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 and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in opera, 2019-20—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. Congratulations!
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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, based on submitted recordings.
The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in opera (professional division), 2019-20, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
The American Prize Winner
Past highlights include the world premier of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as well as roles in their productions of The Barber of Seville and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. He also received acclaim for the role of Jim Casy in the new production of The Grapes of Wrath by Ricky Ian Gordon, performed in Saint Louis as well as Michigan Opera Theatre.
Geoffrey is a recipient of The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Career Grant, the Richard Gadded Career Award and has been a District winner with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and finalist for the Ryan Opera Center.
Geoffrey Agpalo is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.