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.