SOLO COMPETITION NEWS
Past solo competition winners Joshua Blue and Dashon Burton are featured on the Oratorio Society's new recording of Sanctuary Road, by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell. Released on January 10, 2020 on the Naxos label, the album placed in the top 10 on the Classical Billboard chart in its first week of release and was nominated for a 2021 Grammy award in the Best Choral Performance category. (Click here to Buy the CD.)
Congratulations to Dashon Burton (1st Prize, 2012) for winning the 2021 Grammy Award in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category for SMYTH: THE PRISON-WINNER.
The Society's 2020 virtual Messiah concert featured past solo competition finalists Heather Pietri, Joshua Blue, and Dashon Burton. (Click here to see the video.)
Congratulations to past competition winners Jakub Józef Orlinski and Joshua Blue who have been featured on page 8 of the December 2019 issue of Opera News.
Eric Owens (2nd Prize, 1994) opens the Metropolitan Opera 2019-2020 season as Porgy in Porgy and Bess. He comes to this role late in his career, after establishing himself as an internationally in-demand Wagner basso. Also this fall, he takes charge of the vocal studies department and opera program of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. (Opera News)
Jakub Józef Orlinski (1st Prize, 2016) was featured in a July 15th New Yorker magazine article touting his pop-star appeal as one of the “growing ranks of star countertenors”. He has 34,000 Instagram followers and he break-dances! Sometimes as part of his opera roles! He is performing all over Europe, helping to drive the Baroque music revival. (New Yorker Magazine) Orlinski's new album, Facce d'Amore, won Amazon's Album of the Week award in mid-November 2019.
Congratulations to the Winners of the
2020/2021 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition
Emily Cedriana Donato, Andrew R. Preis Award for First Place
Emily Yocum Black, Meyerson/Zwanger Award for Second Place
Ryne Cherry, Janet Plucknett Award for Third Place
Rebecca Farley, Esther Korshin Award
Colin James Doyle, Frances MacEachron Award
Finalist Mikhail Biryukov, bass, did not compete as he was unable to travel from London because of COVID restrictions.
(The Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award was not presented.)