Charles Sy & Amanda Lynn Bottoms Win George London Foundation Awards
February 22, 2019: Tenor Charles Sy, who made his Carnegie Hall debut last season with The Cecilia Chorus of New York in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, was announced as a winner of the 2019 George London Award. Mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms, who will sing The Balliett Brothers' Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses with The Cecilia Chorus of New York on May 2, 2019, has won a 2019 George London Encouragement Award. Read full article on OperaWire.
William Guanbo Su Wins Second Place Prize in the Houston Grand Opera’s Prestigious Concert of Arias Competition
February 2, 2019: Bass-baritone William Guanbo Su, who made his Carnegie Hall debut with The Cecilia Chorus of New York in Bach's Christmas Oratorio (December 2017) and joined us once again for Messiah last December, won the second place prize in the Houston Grand Opera's 2019 Concert of Arias competition. Read full article on BroadwayWorld.
William Guanbo Su and Charles Sy Named Region Finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
November 11, 2018: Bass-baritone William Guanbo Su and tenor Charles Sy were both named Region Finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern Region Auditions. In February, they will compete to be chosen as regional finalists. Both singers made their Carnegie Hall debuts with The Cecilia Chorus of New York in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (December 2017). William will be joining us once again for Handel’s Messiah in December 2018 - learn more about the concert and see his recent interview in our November 2018 newsletter.
Danielle Beckvermit Named Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist
April 22, 2018: Soprano Danielle Beckvermit, who made her Carnegie Hall main stage debut with us in Mozart's Requiem on May 11, 2018, has been named a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist.
Metropolitan Opera Alert!
April 4, 2018: Metropolitan Opera Alert! Three former soloists with The Cecilia Chorus New York, all of whom made their Carnegie Hall debut with us, have been announced on the roster for the 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera season. Soprano Jennifer Rowley (Verdi Requiem, 2012) will be singing the title roles in both Tosca and Adrianna Lecouvreur, alternating with Sonda Radvanosky and Anna Netrebko. Bass Ryan Speedo Green (Messiah, 2013) will be singing the role of the King in Aida, and Mezzo Rihab Chaieb (Bach, 2016) will be singing Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Bravi, tutti!
Glyndebourne Opera Cup Finalists Include Charles Sy and Cody Quattlebaum
Rihab Chaieb Wins 2018 George London Award
February 17, 2018: Mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, who made her Carnegie Hall debut performing Bach’s Magnificat with The Cecilia Chorus of New York in December 2016, has won a top prize from the 2018 George London Awards. The George London Foundation Awards Competition is one of the oldest vocal competitions in the United States and Canada. For more on Rihab Chaieb, see her profile in our November 2016 newsletter.
Rebecca Farley Advances in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
November 11, 2017: Rebecca Farley, our soprano soloist for our performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (December 2017) and Bach's Magnificat (December 2016 - her Carnegie Hall debut), has advanced to the regional (Chicago) round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The program is designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The Auditions take place in 42 districts and 12 regions throughout the United States and Canada. Starting with the Auditions of the Air in the 1930s and continuing today, the Auditions have been a defining step in the careers of many of North America's greatest opera stars. For more on Rebecca Farley, see her profile in our October 2017 and November 2016 newsletters.
William Guanbo Su Wins Lieder/Song Prize & Opera Index Encouragement Award
October 20, 2017: This fall brought two major accolades for young William Guanbo Su, the bass soloist for our performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (December 2017), which marked his Carnegie Hall debut. First he won the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Vocal Competition, for singers between the ages of 20 and 30 (William has just turned 23). William studied German Lieder at the Franz Schubert Institute in Vienna during the summer of 2016. Then, later in the month, he was awarded an Opera Index Encouragement Award. Opera Index is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide advocacy for opera and support for its artists, in the form of financial gifts and sponsored performances. For more on William Guanbo Su, see his profile in our October 2017 newsletter.