Thursday, April 30, 2020

Winners: MEN in OPERA, The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2019-20

Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth
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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
Leo Radosavljevic       
Wilmette IL

Leo Radosavljevic        
Recent Third-Prize Winner of the International Klaudia Taev Competition in Estonia, Bass-Baritone Leo Radosavljevic is making a name for himself as a unique performer in the world of opera. He attended Juilliard from 2007-2013, receiving BM and MM degrees in voice with scholastic distinction, studying with Dr. Robert C. White. While at Juilliard, he sang several operatic roles including Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Tobia Mill in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and Willi Graf in the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, which won him critical acclaim from The New York Times. Since his time at Juilliard, Leo has performed around Europe and North America as Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, with the DuPage Opera Theater in Chicago, and as soloist with Juilliard 415, in their west coast tour and Canadian Broadcasting Company recording of Telemann's rarely heard Die Tageszeiten. Last season he performed the role of Manders in Blitzstein’s Regina with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Orbazzano in Rossini’s Tancredi with Teatro Nuovo, and covered the role of Bertrand in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with Chicago Opera Theater. This summer he will be performing the bass solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the DePaul Community Chorus and orchestra, and is covering the role of the King in Verdi’s Aida, with Riccardo Muti and the CSO. Leo currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

2nd Place:
Geoffrey Agpalo   
Evanston    IL 

Geoffrey Agpalo    
Tenor, Geoffrey Agpalo, is praised for his “effortless open sound.” His performances are described as “proud and majestic” with a voice that is “relentlessly tragic.”

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.

3rd Place:
Daniel Kamalic  
Rochester     NY

Daniel Kamalic   
Lyric-dramatic tenor Daniel Kamalić has been praised for his “big, stunning voice” (Chris Buchanan, Berkshire Fine Arts) with “exciting, tremendous force and a burnished tonal quality” (Larry Kellum, Town Times). 2017-18 saw international soloist debuts for Mr. Kamalić with the Israel Chamber Orchestra (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) and with the Medulin Classic Festival in Croatia (Trio Veljak), as well as with the New York State Ballet (Carmina Burana), New Opera NYC (The Golden Cockerel), New Rochelle Opera (The Merry Widow), and concerts with Miami Lyric Opera and Opera Theater of Connecticut.  Other highlights:  Lensky in Eugene Onegin (Connecticut Lyric Opera), Luigi in Il Tabarro (Garden State Opera), Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana (Pioneer Valley Symphony), Turiddu/Canio in Cavalleria/Pagliacci (Maryland Lyric Opera), Alfredo in La Traviata (Long Island Opera).  An champion of new music, he has performed in numerous opera premieres, most recently the title role in Sawyer’s The Scarlet Professor (Five College Opera) in Massachusetts last season, and the Gestapo Officer in the orchestral premiere of Detrick’s The Yellow Star (Garden State Opera), and the role of Pietro Botto in the upcoming premiere of Santelli's The Silk City (Garden State Opera).


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