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Brian Vu named a winner in the 2016 Lotte Lenya competition

vu_brianBrian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD was awarded the top prize in the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. The win earned Vu a cash prize of $15,000, and was one of nine awards distributed for the competition which totaled $79,000.

Vu impressed the judges with a carefully thought-out program including “O Carlo, ascolta” from Don Carlo; “Bowler Hat” from Pacific Overtures; “West Wind” from One Touch of Venus; and “Where is the Life that Late I Led?” from Kiss Me Kate. The judges remarked that he displayed “…refreshing flair and vocal prowess.”

Earlier this year, Vu was named a Grand Finalist in this year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, one of the most prestigious vocal competitions in the country, and will appear as the Kurt Weill/Lotte Lenya Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival this summer.

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Published April 29, 2016
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Yale Opera musicians win at Gerda Lissner Competition

Galeano Salas

Galeano Salas

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.

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Published April 9, 2016
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Brian Vu named Grand Finalist in Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

vu_brianBrian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD has been named a grand finalist in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Vu, alongside eight other singers, will compete this Sunday in the Grand Finals Concert. The concert marks the final stage of the Met’s annual competition and awards winners a prize of $15,000 as well as valuable exposure in front of some of the premier figures in the opera world.

The Grand Finals concert takes place this Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 pm at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

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Published March 11, 2016
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Brian Vu and Aleksandra Romano receive awards from Sullivan Foundation

Brian Vu

Brian Vu

Two Yale Opera alumni have received awards from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation.

Baritone Brian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD was a recipient of the Sullivan Grant, a $12,000 award to young artists who auditioned for the Foundation in New York on November 8 and 9, 2015.

In addition to the cash award, he will participate in a five-year program of continued financial aid for coaching in new roles, which is one of the unique features of the Sullivan awards.

Mezzo-soprano Aleksandra Romano ’14 MM was one of seven winners selected to receive the $5,000 Career Development Grants to seven singers. MORE

Published November 18, 2015
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Yale Opera students place in Metropolitan Opera’s New England Regional Finals

Leah Hawkins

Leah Hawkins

Three Yale Opera students were among the winners of the New England Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Mezzo-soprano Leah Hawkins ’15 MM won second place. Soprano Alison King ’14 MM and baritone Brian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD both took third.

Hawkins and Vu reached the finals through the Connecticut District Auditions in December of 2014; King was a Boston regional finalist.

Published January 31, 2015
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Yale in New York presents Songs from the Koch Collection Dec. 4, 7

newyork-carnegie_thThe Yale School of Music continues its acclaimed Yale in New York series when singers of Yale Opera bring manuscripts to life in two upcoming concerts: Thursday, December 4 in New Haven and Sunday, December 7 in New York City.

The young singers will perform treasures from the Frederick R. Koch Collection housed at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The program will show off the collection’s vocal holdings with art songs by Debussy, Duparc, Mahler, Schumann, Sibelius, and Wolf.

Frederick R. Koch — dubbed the “other” Koch brother by Vanity Fair — is a lifelong supporter of the arts and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. The Koch Collection at the Beinecke contains 19th and 20th-century musical and literary manuscripts, correspondence, and other materials. Richard C. Levin, past president of Yale University, described it as “one of the greatest collections to come to Yale since the year of its founding.” MORE

Published November 21, 2014
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