Christian Van Horn (2003New England winner), by the Met sign announcing
the Grand Finals Concert, where he was a winner in NYC.
Victoria Livengood and Sandra Piques Eddy celebrate Sandy's birthday (while covering War and Peace at the Met)
50th Anniversary Poster
with thanks to Greta Kaemmer
Please read our newsletter for summaries of past winners and finalists. This page will pick up late breaking news, as we learn it, going into the 2012-13 season.
Testimonial from a NY Winner
Nadine Sierra, 2010 winner of a Sara Tucker Study Grant, has now won the 2013 Richard Tucker Career Grant. She is is currently an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, where she recently appeared in The Magic Flute and Heart of a Soldier. Upcoming engagements include her debuts at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples as Gilda in Rigoletto and with the San Francisco Symphony in concerts with Michael Tilson Thomas.
Currently in his final year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, baritone Zachary Nelson has won a Sara Tucker Study Grant. He will return this summer to the Santa Fe Opera as Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and, in 2013-14, will join the ensemble of the Dresden Staatsoper performing the roles of the Count in Figaro, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème.
Congratulations to Sydney Mancasola for her top prize win in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition on March 23, 2013. She was joined by Adam Bonanni and Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck who both won second prize.
Victoria Livengood will be singing the role of Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire at Carnegie Hall March 14th. She had been covering, but was just asked yesterday to sing – so she did a full orchestra dress yesterday after having never rehearsed the role other than in her apartment. She is very excited!
Congratulations to Adam Bonanni (Finalist 2013) who won an Encouragement Award in the George London Competition on March 1. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Sydney Mancasola (winner 2012), Andrew Craig Brown (3rd place 2012 & 2013 and Cameron McPhail (Encouragement Award 2012).
Nadine Sierra (2009 National Winner) has won first prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Ireland. She joins Christopher Magiera (2008 National Council Finalist) who won sixth prize in 2010.
The 2013 Winners and Finalists
Arturo Chacón-Cruz (2003) will appear as Rodolfo in Florida Grand Opera’s La Bohème (opening November 17).
Corinne Winters (2010 Regional Winner) and Zach Borichevsky (2008) will sing the title roles in Roméo et Juliette with Arizona Opera on Nov. 11 (Tucson) & 17 (Phoenix).
New England First place winner, Annie Rosen will be spending the summer, 2012, as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. She has been awarded the American Berlin Scholarship from the Opera Foundation and will be spending next year singing small mezzo roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as a month at the Teatro Regio Torino.
2011 National Winner and 2005 Encouragement Award Winner Michelle Johnson and 2008 National Winner Edward Parks were both winners in the 2011 William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation competition.
2012 Second Place Winner Andrea Carroll will appear with Utah Opera as Rosalba in Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas. She won the 24th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers at Houston Grand Opera on February 2 as well as the audience choice award.
2012 Third Place Winner Andrew Craig Brown makes his debut at English National Opera this season as Achilla in Julius Caesar, and returns in the spring as Colline in La bohème.
2012 Encouragement Award Winner John Irvin, who recently joined the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, will appear with the company this season as the Young Servant in Elektra, Schmidt in Werther, and Borsa in Rigoletto, and cover the Captain in Simon Boccanegra, the Notary in Don Pasquale, and Parpignol in La bohème.
2012 Encouragement Award Winner Cameron McPhail, a member of the Canadian Opera Company Studio, will make his company debut as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Jacob Grimm in Burry’s The Brothers Grimm, sing several roles in Dialogues des Carmelites, and cover the role of Falke in Die Fledermaus.
In the 2012/13 season Sara Jakubiak (2007) will make her debuts at the English National Opera as Marie in a new production of Wozzeck and at Semperoper Dresden as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. She also covers Anna Netrebko as Mimì in La bohème at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
2004 National Winner Claudia Huckle’s future plans include Smeton in Anna Bolena with Washington National Opera this fall, Hänsel for Garsington Opera in July 2013; the title role in The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour in Oct-Dec 2013, and Third Lady Die Zauberflöte for the Festival d’Aix en Provence in summer 2014.
Concert highlights for the 2012/13 season include Bach’s Magnificat with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and John Nelson; Messiah with The Academy of Ancient Music and Stephen Cleobury and with the Orquesta Sinfónica di Navarro, Spain; Beethoven No 9 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Gerhard Markson; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at The Sage, Gateshead with the Northern Sinfonia; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington at King’s College, Cambridge, and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Rheinische Philharmonie and Jochen Schaaf.
1994 Third Place Winner Lester Lynch, who recently made a return to the Bregenzer Festspiele as Gerald in Andrea Chenier, sings Amonasro in Aida with Dallas Opera this fall.
In September Janna Baty (1993) joins Intermezzo, the New England Chamber Opera Series, in “The Stronger,” a monologue opera in one act by Hugo Weisgall based on August Strindberg’s play of the same name.
It’s a year of debuts for Michael Fabiano, who recently bowed at Madrid’s Teatro Real as Christian in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, opposite Placido Domingo, and with the Vienna Symphony singing the tenor role in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. August brings his debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival in an evening of arias and duets with Angela Meade, and at the Stern Grove Festival in a special concert with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Michael returns to the Met as Cassio in Otello this fall.
After season-opening performances of Beethoven’s "Ninth" with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Zach Borichevsky makes his Santa Fe Festival debut as Matteo in Arabella. Victoria Livengood as Adelaide von Waldner is his colleague in that production.
Also at Santa Fe, Christopher Magiera sings Zurga in The Pearl Fishers opposite Eric Cutler. Christopher’s current roles at Semperoper Dresden include Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Marcello in La Bohème, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte.
Corinne Winters won a First Prize, Critic's Choice Award, and Vero Beach Opera Award in the 2012 Marcello Giordani Competition. Next season the soprano appears as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Arizona Opera and Violetta in La Traviata for Opera Hong Kong and English National Opera. In June 2013 Corinne returns to Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Vendulka in The Kiss by Bedřich Smetana.
Among the six young winners of the 41st annual George London Foundation Competition are two New England Regional winners: Corinne Winters and Zachary Nelson.
The winners each received $10,000 at the conclusion of the competition on February 17 at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.
After covering Tosca at Santa Fe this summer, Kara Shay Thomson will take on the role next season at Kentucky Opera and Portland Opera. The soprano will also sing Sieglinde in Die Walküre for Dayton Opera and Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle for Opera Omaha.
The February 24 and March 1, 2013 performances of Seattle Opera’s La Bohème will feature the debuts of three New England National Winners: Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo, Nadine Sierra as Mimì, and Keith Phares as Marcello.
Julia Mintzer will be joining the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera in September, 2012.
Sandra Piques Eddy sings Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte for Boston Lyric Opera, March 2013