Rebecca Farley, soprano
Rebecca Farley, our soprano soloist for our December 9th performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, has advanced to the regional (Chicago) round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program 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 US 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, bass
October brought two major accolades for young William Guanbo Su, the bass soloist for our performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on December 9, which will be 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 2 newsletter.