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2016-17 Season

SchwanewilmsApril 20, 2017
Anne Schwanewilms
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Ariodante May 2, 2017
Ariodante
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BeczalaMay 3, 2017
Piotr Beczala
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BlissNovember 15, 2016
Ben Bliss
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GerhaherDecember 6, 2016
Christian Gerhaher
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NYFOSJanuary 22, 2017
NYFOS
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PiauFebruary 21, 2017
Sandrine Piau
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Oropesa March 11, 2017
Lisette Oropesa
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Discovery Art Song Competition

Vocal Arts DC holds an annual vocal competition open to all singers who are residents of the greater DC area, including Baltimore and Annapolis, as well as Pennsylvania and Delaware. Singers are asked to submit a audio recordings of four (4) art songs along with a sample recital program that the singer is prepared to perform in recital. Entrants' submissions will be reviewed in a blind audition. From there, finalists will be selected for a live audition. The first and second prize winner of the competition are presented in recitals in Washington, DC and its environs to broaden appreciation for this art form.

First Place Winner Receives $7,000 and Will Be Presented in Recital in a Prestigious Washington, D.C. venue; Second Place Winner Receives $3,000 and Will Also Receive Area Recital Opportunity

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Process

Vocal Arts DC announced two winners of the 2016 Art Song Discovery Competition. The final round of the competition was held Saturday, May 14 at the Music Department of The George Washington University and were adjudicated by distinguished soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot, Ryan Brown, Founder, Conductor and Artistic Director of Opera Lafayette and Peter Russell, General Director of Vocal Arts DC.

Bass-baritone Zachary Burgess, who garnered the first prize, will receive an award of $7000 and Chloé Olivia Moore, who captured the 2nd prize, is accorded a prize of $3000. Vocal Arts DC will present Mr. Burgess and Ms. Moore in a joint recital and will present Mr. Burgess in a solo recital in spring 2017 in prominent DC venues, details for which will be announced at a later date.

Bass-baritone Zachary Burgess, who garnered the first prize, will receive an award of $7000 and Chloé Olivia Moore, who captured the 2nd prize, is accorded a prize of $3000. Vocal Arts DC will present Mr. Burgess and Ms. Moore in a joint recital and will present Mr. Burgess in a solo recital in spring 2017 in prominent DC venues, details for which will be announced at a later date.

Zachary Burgess, bass-baritone, appears this month in the role of Don Bartolo in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Austrian Embassy. His recent professional engagements have all been in Mozart operas: he sang Masetto in Don Giovanni and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with DC Public Opera, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Opera del West. He has appeared as an Emerging Artist with the Green Mountain Opera Festival and with the Crescendo Opera Institute where his performance of Leporello in Don Giovanni was recorded and broadcast on Hungarian television. He is also an alumnus of the CoOPERAtive program and SongFest. In concert work, he has sung both Raphael and Adam in Haydn's The Creation with Alexandria Choral Society and appeared in a concert of Schubert Lieder with DC Public Opera at the Austrian Embassy. Among his other oratorio credits are the bass solos in Handel's Messiah with the Genessee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. He was a National Finalist in 2011 in the Classical Singer Competition and a regional finalist in the NATSAA Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Burgess earned his Bachelor of Music at The Boston Conservatory, and holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. His website: www.ZacharyBurgess.com.

Chloé Olivia Moore, soprano, originally from Calgary, Alberta, garnered her Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, her Master of Music from the University of Arizona and an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Chloé has won prizes with the George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation (1st prize), Giulio Gari Foundation, Czech & Slovak International Voice Competition, Liederkranz Foundation and the Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition. After graduating from the Academy of Vocal Arts in 2014, Chloé was chosen by Lorin Maazel to sing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at his Castleton Festival. The Washington Post described her voice as having "a wealth of shades, which she uses with intelligence ... Her voice was the most attractive and well-developed in the young cast." She was also a young artist with Arizona Opera's Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio, Central City Opera's Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program, and Crested Butte Music Festival's Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program.

Professional engagements include Leïla in Les pecheurs de pêrles with Dayton Opera, where she will return for her role debut as Nedda in I Pagliacci. She will reprise Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Bar Harbor Music Festival. Upcoming concert engagements include a recital with pianist Hector Acosta in the Festival del Pitic in Hermosillo, Mexico and concert with the Ocean City Pops and with Annapolis Opera. As a soloist in oratorio, she has sung Mahler's 4th Symphony with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Haydn's The Creation with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and numerous appearances with the New Jersey Master Chorale and the Ocean City Pops. Her website: www.chloemooresoprano.com.

auditionsAbove: Finalists in a previous competition

Past Winners
Previously presented in this series:
2016 Zachary Burgess, bass-baritone (1st prize) and Chloé Olivia Moore, soprano (2nd prize)
2015 Vanessa Vasquez, soprano (1st prize) and Shabnam Kalbasi, mezzo-soprano (2nd prize)
2014 Colleen Daly, soprano (1st prize) and Julia Dawson, mezzo-soprano (2nd prize)
2013 Natalie Conte, soprano and Matthew Morris, baritone
2012 Heather Bingham, soprano and Jeffrey Grayson Gates, baritone
2011 Kate Jackman, mezzo-soprano and Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
2010 Laura Strickling, soprano and Melissa Wimbish, soprano
2009 Aundi Marie Moore, soprano and Jennifer Edwards, soprano
2008 Laura Stuart, soprano Steven Combs, baritone
2007 Brooke Evers, soprano Michael Gallant, tenor
2006 Lisa Eden, soprano Danielle Talamantes, soprano
2005 Randa Rouweyha, soprano Jeffrey Tarr, bass
2004 Sarah Wolfson, soprano Lee Poulis, baritone
2003 Lorriana Markovic, soprano Stacey Mastrian, soprano
2002 Amanda Gosier, soprano Joshua Saxon, baritone

 

 

 

 

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Discovery Art Song Competition
An annual, juried competition for singers in the greater Washington area. Find more information here.