Vocal Competition Winner’s Concert – Ashland



14:00 To 15:30


Event Description

Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Young Artist Program will present their National Vocal Competition Winner’s Concert at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall featuring the first place winner of their National Vocal Competition Julie Adams, soprano, with pianist, Laurie Anne Hunter. The concert will include selections by Puccini, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, Korngold, Previn, Hoiby and more. A Meet the Artist Reception will follow the concert.

A 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Winner, Julie Adams, is a second-year Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera. She made her company debut there as Mimì in La Bohème for Families, and she sang the First Lady in The Magic Flute. In 2016-2017 she will sing Karolka in Jenůfa, Kristina in The Makropulos Case, Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, and Mimì in La Bohème at San Francisco Opera. She won numerous prestigious Vocal Competitions, including the 2015 Elizabeth Connell Prize, the 2015 George London Award, and the 2015 Sarah Tucker Study Grant. She participated in the 2014 Merola Opera Program, where she performed the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

During her studies with César Ulloa at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she performed the roles of Blanche in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Mimì in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Other credits include Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Music Academy of the West and Magnolia in Show Boat and Rose in Street Scene with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. She holds a BM and MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

In it’s fifth year, the national James M. Collier Young Artist Program Vocal Competition recognizes and encourages promising young operatic talent. The competition was held in San Francisco on October 17, 2015. 83 singers from across the country competed for three prizes totaling $6,500. The first place winner was awarded $4,000. The Second Place Winner, Abigail Levis, mezzo-soprano, received $1,000 and is a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at LA Opera. The Third Place Encouragement Award of $1,000 was awarded to Ricky Garcia, tenor.

Judges for the competition included; Willene Gunn, Artistic Director of Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Young Artist Program; Kathryn Cathcart, Opera Conductor and Coach, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Opera and Opera Center; and Ruth Ann Swenson, world renowned soprano.

Concert Tickets: General Admission Adults $15 Students $5 available online at www.bravaopera.com or at the door. Box Office will open at 1:00pm on the concert date. For more information contact lorrie@bravaopera.com or call 541-261-5776.

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