Mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen ’12MM won first place in the Metropolitan Opera’s New England Regional Auditions, held yesterday in Boston. Rosen will compete on the Met stage in the National Council Auditions on March 18.
Two other YSM singers also made strong showings in the New England Regional Auditions. Bass-baritone Andrew Craig Brown ’12AD took third place, and baritone Cameron McPhail ’12MM won an Encouragement Award.
The National Council Auditions Program, sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera, sets out to find exceptionally talented opera singers and to assist them in their development, to discover new talent for the Metropolitan Opera, and to search for possible participants in the Met’s Young Artist Development Program.
This season, Annie Rosen appears with Yale Opera as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and with the Yale Baroque Opera Project as Penelope in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, before spending the summer as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. She has been called an “excellent vocal soloist” by the New York Times and praised by Opera News for her “dulcet, sweetly phrased” singing.
Recent operatic roles include La Ciesca / Gianni Schicchi and La Marchande / Les mamelles de Tirésias with the Central City Opera; Dido / Dido and Aeneas with Yale Opera; Hansel / Hansel and Gretel with Opera Theater of Connecticut; and Alessandro (cover) / Tolomeo with Glimmerglass Opera. Rosen made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in December with the Italian Academy Foundation. Last season she performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s Phaedra with the Yale Recital Orchestra, and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Cappella Cantorum of Connecticut.
She earned her B.A. with distinction in music from Yale College and her M.M. in vocal performance from the Mannes College of Music, where she was awarded the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career Grant in 2010. A native of New Haven, she studies with Doris Yarick Cross in the Yale Opera program.
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