One of the most prestigious vocal competitions, the Gerda Lissner Competition, has recently announced its 2016 Prize Winners, including three singers from the Yale Opera program. Tenor Galeano Salas '13 MM was awarded a Top Prize of $15,000, mezzo-soprano Aleksandra Romano '14 MM won a 1st Prize of $10,000, and current student and bass-baritone Pawel Konik won a 3rd Prize of $3,000.
The singers who are awarded prizes will be featured in the Winner’s Concert on May 1, 2016 at 3PM, at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Recital Hall in New York City.
Created by Gerda Lissner, a Metropolitan Opera subscriber for 77 years, the Gerda Lissner Foundation provides young opera singers with the financial support they need to pursue their craft and excel in the world of opera. Since 2010, the foundation has held an Annual International Vocal Competition in association with the Liederkranz, open to men and women 21 to 35 years old.
Yale Opera singers have also been recognized in several other competitions this year. Claudia Rosenthal ’08 BA, ’14 MM and David Pershall ’10 MM, ’11 AD won top prizes in the George London Competition, and the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation awarded Brian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD a Sullivan Grant and Aleksandra Romano '14 MM a Career Development Grant.