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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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Yale Opera students and alumni perform in Warsaw in March 2016

Evanna Chiew

Evanna Chiew

Students and alumni of the Yale Opera program will perform in Warsaw, Poland on March 18 and 25, 2016 as part of the twentieth annual Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. Each concert will offer different repertoire, with a program on March 18 program featuring one-act operas by Vaughan Williams and Holst, and the second program on March 25 featuring Krzysztof Penderecki conducting his own St. Luke Passion.

The Yale Opera singers involved in the performances are current students Evanna Chiew ’16 AD and Kathleen Reveille ’16 MM, and alumni Nicole Percifield ’15 AD, Eric Barry ’10 MM, ’11 AD, and David Pershall ’10 MM, ’11 AD. Krzysztof Penderecki is a former member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

For the Friday, March 18 concert, Evanna Chiew, Nicole Percifield, and Kathleen Reveille will each sing in a concert performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s one-act opera, Riders to the Sea. The performance will feature additional cast members Gary Griffiths and Anna Fijałkowska, along with the Warsaw Philharmonic Women’s Chamber Choir and the Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. MORE

Published February 29, 2016
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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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Yale Opera alumni make Met debuts

Mireille Asselin

Mireille Asselin

Four alumni of the Yale Opera program are making their Metropolitan Opera debuts this season. On the season’s opening night on September 21, tenor Chad Shelton ’96 MM, ’97 AD made his Met debut as Rodrigo in Otello (Verdi).

On December 4, soprano Mireille Asselin sang the role of Adele on the opening night of Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss). The New York Times praised the “young Canadian coloratura soprano with a light, sweet voice and abundant charm,” and the New York Classical Review said she “stole the evening.” MORE

Published December 8, 2015
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Alumnus David Pershall wins Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition

On March 30, 2013, baritone David Pershall ’10MM, 11AD won the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition in Vero Beach, Florida. In collaboration with and under the sponsorship of the Vero Beach Opera, the primary objective of the competition is to “lead talented young singers toward a successful career on the operatic stage.” The first prize was an award of $10,000.

The Marcello Giordani Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of Italian opera and culture throughout the world, and specifically to the encouragement of a new generation of dedicated young opera singers whom it hopes will foster the future of opera. The Vero Beach Competition is in its third year.

David Pershall has won many prestigious vocal awards, including first prize in the New Jersey Verismo Competition and the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize for the Outstanding Singer at the Yale School of Music. This year he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as the first cover of Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda. Additionally, he appeared in concert performances with Dallas Opera, premiered as Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Virginia Opera, and premiered as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at El Paso Opera.

Pershall is a graduate of the Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music, where he performed the title role of Don Giovanni, Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Grigory Smirnov in The Bear, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. According to Opera News, Mr. Pershall “dispatches his smooth, evenly produced lyric baritone with elegance and style, but there’s something else underneath it—a certain bite and gravitas that pull in the listener immediately.”

Published April 5, 2013
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Kauder Competition for Voice on June 10 features four Yale participants

Winners’ Concert to take place in Sprague Hall June 11

The Hugo Kauder Society will present its Seventh Annual International Hugo Kauder Competition in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, June 10, 2011. Among the eight singers (all under 35 years of age) that have been selected to perform in front of a live jury are three who study at or have graduated from the Yale School of Music.

The singers are sopranos Amanda Hall ’10MM, Jamilyn Manning-White ’12AD, Virginia Allison Barney, and Lesley Anne Friend, tenors Kijong Wi and Jason Hiester, and baritones David Pershall ’10MM, ’11AD, and Brian Robinson, the manager of the Yale Symphony Orchestra.

The competitors in the 2011 Kauder Competition

The competitors will perform art songs composed by Hugo Kauder, as well as a selection of Classical, Romantic, and contemporary music for voice. The first prize winner will also receive a concert opportunity in New York City. MORE

Published May 19, 2011
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