[ students & alumni ]

Yale Opera alumni win top prizes in George London Competition

Claudia Rosenthal

Claudia Rosenthal

Claudia Rosenthal ’08 BA, ’14 MM and David Pershall ’10 MM, ’11 AD have each won the top prize in the George London Foundation Awards Competition. The annual event, which is for young American and Canadian opera singers, held its final round of this year’s competition on February 19, 2016 at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

Of the 23 finalists (from an initial field of 85), six were awarded grand prizes of $10,000 each, and nine received “encouragement awards” of $1,000 each. , and the rest received honorary mention and $500 each. Rosenthal and Pershall were among the singers chosen for the $10,000 grand prize.

James R. Oestreich, reviewing the competition’s final round for the New York Times, singled out Rosenthal and Pershall MORE

Published February 25, 2016
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New Music New Haven features Theofanidis and Vees March 10

Christopher Theofanidis Photo by Matt Fried

The New Music New Haven concert series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature the music of Christopher Theofanidis and Jack Vees along with new works by graduate student composers.

The program will include selections from two of Theofanidis’ operas: “Juliet’s Aria” from Heart of a Soldier, written in 2011 for the San Francisco Opera, and “El Salvador” from The Refuge, which Theofanidis wrote for the Houston Grand Opera in 2007. Both arias will be sung by Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano, with pianist David Fung.

Jack Vees’ Piano Trio (Hulk Smash!), written for three performers on two pianos, will be played by composition alumni Benjamin Wallace, Paul Kerekes, and Fay Wang. Vees’ Ambulant Music, for brass sextet, earned its title “for the simple reason that the performers do walk (on and off) as part of the performance,” says the composer. MORE

Published February 25, 2016
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