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Friday, Might three, 2019
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“AND THE WINNERS ARE…”
Prime Honors Introduced This Night
In the 31st Annual
Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition
Outstanding Young Artists Awarded
$18,500 in Money Prizes
Soprano Meghan Kasanders
Takes Prime Prize and $10,000 Money!
Second Prize ($5,000) Goes to Reginald Smith, Jr.
Third Prize ($2,500) Awarded to Christopher Oglesby
The “Jonathan Pell People’s Choice Award” ($1,000) Determined by Viewers Ballot Goes to Meghan Kasanders
Vocal Competition Co-Chairs, Susan Fleming and Linda McKown
Holly and Tom Mayer Honored for Their Management and Beneficiant Help of The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild
DALLAS, MAY 3, 2019 – An elite group of twenty of the most gifted younger opera singers in the country competed this week for status and cash prizes in the 31st Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. At the conclusion of this night’s thrilling Finals Round, hosted by Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, the winners have been announced from the stage of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera Home at the AT&T Performing Arts Middle in Dallas:
- The $10,000 Bessylee Penland First Prize, introduced by 2019 Vocal Competition Honorees Holly and Tom Mayer was awarded to soprano Meghan Kasanders
- The $5,000 Second Prize, introduced by 2019 Dallas Opera Guild Co-Presidents Jan and James Clay went to baritone Reginald Smith, Jr.
- The Third Prize of $2,500, was introduced by competition Co-Chairs Susan Fleming and Linda McKown to tenor Christopher Oglesby
- The $1,000 “Jonathan Pell People’s Choice Award,” newly renamed to honor former TDO Inventive Director Jonathan Pell, was introduced by Katherine and Michael Phillips to Meghan Kasanders
This yr, the twenty semi-finalists have been chosen from a gaggle of 307 applicants from 36 states (residents of the U.S. territories are eligible to use for the prestigious competition, as properly) by a panel of preliminary judges that included American pianist and educator Dr. Brian Zeger of the Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at The Juilliard Faculty, and David Lomeli, Director of Inventive Administration for The Dallas Opera.
THE 2019 SEMI-FINALISTS
THE DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION
- Lindsay Kate Brown, mezzo-soprano, Houston Grand Opera Studio / Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist Program
- Jeff Byrnes, baritone, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Younger Artists Program
- Anthony Ciaramitaro, tenor, Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program / Merola Opera Program
- Lauren Decker, contralto, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Middle at Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Ben Edquist, baritone, Houston Grand Opera Studio
- Calvin Griffin, bass-baritone, Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio
- Pureum Jo, soprano, Houston Grand Opera Studio
- Meghan Kasanders, soprano, Artist Diploma in Opera Research at the Juilliard Faculty
- Andrew Manea, baritone, Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera
- Felicia Moore, soprano, Artist Diploma in Opera Research at the Juilliard Faculty
- Rafael Moras, tenor, Santa Fe Apprentice Program / Domingo Colburn Stein Younger Artists Los Angeles Opera
- John Matthew Myers, tenor, Academy of Vocal Arts
- Diana Newman, soprano, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Middle at Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Ndumiso Nyoka, tenor, Southern Methodist College
- Christopher Oglesby, tenor, San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship / Utah Opera Resident Artist
- Emmett O’Hanlon, baritone, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Middle at Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Christian Pursell, bass-baritone, Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera
- Abigail Rethwisch, soprano, Santa Fe Apprentice Program / Utah Opera Resident Artist
- Reginald Smith, Jr., baritone, Winner of Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions / Houston Grand Opera Studio
- Xiaomeng Zhang, baritone, Artist Diploma in Opera Research at the Juilliard Faculty
The Semi-Finals Spherical passed off yesterday, Thursday, Might 2nd, as twenty younger artists vied for the coveted place of finalist. After prolonged deliberations from the judges’ panel, six singers have been chosen to maneuver into at this time’s Finals Round: contralto Lauren Decker, soprano Meghan Kasanders, soprano Diana Newman, tenor Christopher Oglesby, bass-baritone Christian Pursell, and baritone Reginald Smith, Jr.
The six finalists competed earlier this night for a blue-ribbon judges panel, accompanied by the Dallas Opera Orchestra beneath the baton of the internationally renowned Music Director of the Donizetti Opera Pageant in Bergamo, Italy, Maestro Riccardo Frizza.
Solely patrons in attendance have been eligible to vote for “the people’s choice.”
Dallas Opera Guild Co-Presidents Jan and James Clay defined, “Our exciting annual competition is the most high-profile facet of The Dallas Opera Guild’s year-long commitment to support exceptionally talented young opera artists. The future of opera, not only in Texas, but throughout the world, is dependent on the discovery and development of bright new talent. The Guild takes that part of our mission very seriously, and we are delighted at the number of people who turned out tonight to show their support for these fine young singers!”
Judges for the 2019 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition:
Vice President of Inventive Operations, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Kern Wildenthal Basic Director & CEO, The Dallas Opera
Director of Inventive Administration, San Diego Opera
Music Director of the Donizetti Opera Pageant in Bergamo, Italy
Director of Inventive Administration, The Dallas Opera
Vice President, Inventive Planning, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Brian Zeger, Chair
Inventive Director of the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts
The Juilliard Faculty
First Prize Winner and “Jonathan Pell People’s Choice Award”- MEGHAN KASANDERS
Hailed by Opera Information as “a wonderfully promising, rich dramatic soprano,” Meghan Kasanders “displays power and sheen at all dynamic levels.” This previous yr, she made her Carnegie Corridor debut singing in Bernstein’s Songfest underneath the path of Marin Alsop and the position of Magda Sorel in Opera Saratoga’s critically acclaimed manufacturing of The Consul. This yr, she sings Sibelius’ Luonnotar with Maestra Barbara Hannigan and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Juilliard Faculty, the place she is going to receive an Artist Diploma in opera research in Might. This summer time, Meghan will attend the International Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany. Ms. Kasanders has worked with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Saratoga, Des Moines Metro Opera, Union Avenue Opera and the Institute for Younger Dramatic Voices. Ms. Kasanders holds a Master’s degree from Rice College and a Bachelor’s from Simpson School.
During this night’s Finals Spherical, Ms. Kasanders performed “Zachem zhe eti slyozi” from Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame and “To This We’ve Come” from Giancarlo Menotti’s The Consul.
Second Prize Winner baritone REGINALD SMITH, JR.
Baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. has been lauded as a “passionate performer” (The New York Occasions) with an “electric, hall-filling” (The Baltimore Solar) and “thrillingly dramatic” voice (Opera News) that is “one of the most exciting baritone sounds to come along in years” (Opera News). A local of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Smith is a Grand Finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and graduate of the HGO Studio. This season, he has or will appear as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Memphis, Amonasro in Aida with Opera Idaho, the baritone solo in Carmina Burana for the Houston Symphony, a debut with the New Jersey Symphony as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (which he may even perform with the West Virginia Symphony), as well as a return to the rosters of Lyric Opera of Chicago and SFO.
In immediately’s Finals Spherical, Reginald Smith, Jr. performed “O du mein Holder Abendstern” from Wagner’s Tannhäuser and “Eri tu che macchiavi quell’anima” from Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.
Third Prize Winner tenor CHRISTOPHER OGLESBY
Tenor and first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, Christopher Oglesby, was most lately a Resident Artist at Utah Opera the place he sang Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette and was the tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Utah Symphony. As a participant in the 2018 Merola Opera Program, he debuted as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress. As an schooling artist at The Dallas Opera, he appeared in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne in addition to Davies’ The Three Little Pigs. An lively soloist and recitalist, Mr. Oglesby has performed with the Utah Symphony, the Abilene Philharmonic, Dallas Puccini Society, and in the Schwabacher Recital Collection at San Francisco Opera. He holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Efficiency, Choral Schooling, and Band Schooling from Lee University and a Grasp of Music diploma in Vocal Efficiency from the College of North Texas.
In this night’s Finals Spherical, Mr. Oglesby performed “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” from Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and “Vary the Song” from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Earlier, Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume noted, “This competition is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work at The Dallas Opera. Although it doesn’t seem possible, the caliber of the singers improves every year, and inspires us to continue to support and develop this excellent and much-needed program.”
CONTRIBUTORS TO THE 2019 GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION INCLUDE:
HOLLY AND TOM MAYER
KATHERINE & MICHAEL PHILLIPS
(The Jonathan Pell Individuals’s Selection Award)
(Sponsor of Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin as
Mistress of Ceremonies for the Finals Live performance)
CHRISTOPHER A. SALERNO
(Donating the value of lunches for all competitors contestants, judges, accompanists and opera employees)
DIAMOND PATRONS ($5,000 AND ABOVE)
HOLLY AND TOM MAYER
KATHERINE AND MICHAEL PHILLIPS
PLATINUM PATRONS ($2,500 – $4,999)
RICHARD AND ENIKA SCHULZE
GOLD PATRONS ($1,000 – $2,499)
MARTHA AND DR. ROBERT ALLDAY
ELAINE AND BILL BLAYLOCK
PATSY AND BOB BROOKS
JAN AND JAMES CLAY
PATTI AND JOHN CODY
CINDY AND CHARLIE FELD
SUSAN AND MARK GEYER
MARILYN AND WARD HALLA
TOM AND PHYLLIS McCASLAND
SANDRA AND BILL SANDERSON
STEVE AND BETTY SUELLENTROP
INGE AND SAM VASTOLA
For extra details about the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition or any upcoming Dallas Opera Guild packages and particular occasions, please contact The Dallas Opera Guild at 214-443-1040.
2018-2019 SEASON SPONSOR
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TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2018-2019 DALLAS OPERA SEASON
All performances are in the Margot and Invoice Winspear Opera Home at the AT&T Performing Arts Middle until otherwise indicated. Single tickets range from $19 to $289 (excluding bins). Household performance tickets are simply $5. For more info or to make your buy, contact The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000 or go to us on-line, 24/7, at www.dallasopera.org.
THE DALLAS OPERA 2018-2019 MAINSTAGE SEASON: SPRING
The Dallas Opera celebrates its 62nd International Season in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera Home at the AT&T Performing Arts Middle in the Dallas Arts District. Night performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2:00 p.m. until otherwise said. English translations might be projected above the stage at each performance and help is obtainable for the hearing impaired. With the exception of FIRST NIGHT, The Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Speak will begin one hour previous to curtain, at most performances.
MANON LESCAUT by Giacomo Puccini
Semi-Staged Live performance, March 1, 3 (m), 6, 9, 2019
Featuring pictures of choose art works from the collections of The Dallas Museum of Art!
The lady who has the whole lot discovers too late that she has nothing – without true love!
Libretto by Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica
Time: Late 18th century
Place: France and America
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Edward Berkeley
Costume Designer: Tommy Bourgeois
Lighting Designer: Krista Billings
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Chorus Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Kristin Lewis* (Manon Lescaut), Musa Ngqungwana (Lescaut), Gregory Kunde (Chevalier des Grieux), Andrea Silvestrelli (Geronte de Ravoir), Jonas Hacker* (Edmondo), Mark S. Doss (Innkeeper), Alyssa Martin (Singer), Matthew Grills* (Dance Master), Clay Hilley* (Lamplighter), Mark McCrory (Sergeant of the Royal Archers) and David Leigh* (Naval Captain).
LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini
March 15, 17 (m), 20, 23, 29, 31 (m), 2019
Probably the most timeless love story in all of opera returns to interrupt your heart!
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Time: 19th century
Place: The Latin Quarter of Paris, France
Conductor: Giuliano Carella
Director: Tomer Zvulun
Set Designer: Erhard Rom
Costume Designer: Peter J. Corridor
Lighting Designer: Robert Wierzel
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Refrain Master: Alexander Rom
Starring: Jean-François Borras* (Rodolfo), Pumeza Matshikiza** (Mimi), Anthony Clark Evans* (Marcello), Sara Gartland (Musetta), Will Liverman* (Schaunard), Nicholas Brownlee* (Colline), and Samuel Ramey (Benoit/Alcindoro).
FALSTAFF by Giuseppe Verdi
April 26, 28 (m), Might 1, 4, 2019
Shakespeare’s uproarious comedy delivered to musical life!
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
Time: Throughout the reign of Henry IV of England
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Unique Director: Lee Blakeley
Revival Director: Shawna Lucey*
Set and Costume Designer: Adrian Linford*
Lighting Designer: Rick Fisher*
Wig & Make-up Designer: Dawn Rivard
Refrain Grasp: Alexander Rom
Starring: Mark Delavan* (Sir John Falstaff), Angela Meade (Alice Ford), Quinn Kelsey* (Ford), Mojca Erdmann* (Nanetta), Airam Hernández* (Fenton), Stephanie Blythe* (Dame Shortly), Megan Marino* (Meg Page), Alex Mansoori* (Bardolfo), Andrea Silvestrelli (Pistola), and Robert Brubaker (Dr. Caius).
* Dallas Opera Debut
** American Debut