Sunday, February 05, 2012

Met Opera National Council Southeast Region Final Auditions winners

This afternoon (Sunday, February 5, 2012), 12 young singers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia sang at Spivey Hall, each seeking to be the winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Southeast Region finals, and to be advanced to the national semi-finals in New York City.

Suffice it to say, Florida had an excellent showing this year.

Soprano Samantha Barnes from Florida won the Ryan Smith First Place Award of $5,500 and will represent the Southeast Region at the semi-finals.  She closed the first half of the contestants' program, singing "Qual fiamma...Stridono lassu" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, followed by "Song to the Moon" from Dvorak's Rusalka.

The second place award of $2,500 went to baritone R. Kenneth Stavert from Florida, who sang "E fra quest' ansie in eterno vivrai" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, followed by "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia; he appeared second on the program.

The third place award of $1,500 was given to soprano Emily Duncan-Brown of Florida, who sang "Ah, fors'e' lui...Sempre libera" from Verdi's Traviata, followed by "Padre, germani, addio!" from Mozart's Idomeneo; she sang in the second half of the contestants' program.

Three $500 encouragement awards went to tenor David Blalock of North Carolina, Sidney Mancasola of North Carolina, and Melinda Whittington of South Carolina.

The pianist for all the award-winners was Walter Huff, choral director of The Atlanta Opera. 

The judges this year were Brad Woolbright, Artistic Administrator of the Santa Fe Opera; internationally renowned soprano Gianni Rolandi, who is Director of the Ryan Center for Young Artists at Lyric Opera  Chicago; and George Darden, a celebrated collaborative pianist and vocal coach, for many years at the Metropolitan Opera.

Mrs. John E. (Margaret) Talmadge is Regional Chairman of the Southeast Region Auditions.

A fine afternoon of music.  Congratulations to all!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this be broadcast on a public radio station as it has been in past years?

5:50 PM  
Blogger Spivey Hall said...

Yes! A radio broadcast of the contestants' performances will be heard on FM 90.1 WABE Atlanta on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM.

8:51 PM  

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