2008 International Vocal Competition
Winners Biography
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First Prize
Bryan Hymel, Tenor has appeared at the Wexford Festival in Ireland, the Boston Lyric Opera, the New Orleans Opera, the Palm Beach Opera, the Greek National Opera, the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, L’Opera National de Bordeaux, Opera Birmingham, the Merola Opera Center, the Western Opera Theatre and the Opera Orchestra of New York. He was a First Prize Winner of the George London Foundation Competition.

Second Prize
Jan Cornelius, Soprano has appeared with the Chautauqua Opera as Micaela in Carmen, the Virginia Opera as Nedda in Pagliacci and the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. She attends the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She has received many awards from prestigious international vocal competitions.

Third Prize
Jennifer Black, Soprano is a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program and has appeared with the New York City Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Merola Opera Program, Western Opera Theatre and in concert with the New York Choral Society. She is the winner of George London Foundation and Opera Index vocal competitions.
Ginger Costa-Jackson, Mezzo-Soprano is a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, has appeared in opera and concerts in Italy and sang Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She is an award winner of several international vocal competitions.

Fourth Prize
Atalla Ayan, Tenor, having studied voice in his native Brazil and at the University of Missouri, has sung recitals internationally and has won first prize in many prestigious international vocal competitions. At 23 years of age he is currently making his professional opera debut as Rodolfo in La Boheme in Athens, Greece.
Christopher Dickerson, Bass-Baritone is an alumnus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for American Artists and has appeared at the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, the Connecticut Grand Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Minnesota Opera, the Fort Worth Opera, the Milwaukie Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera San Jose and at the Caramoor Festival in New York.

Fifth Prize
Joyce EI-Khoury, Soprano is a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and is a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. She spent the summer of 2008 as a member of the Santa Fe Opera appearing in Don Giovanni and Der Rosenkavalier. She was the First Prize winner of the 2008 George London Foundation Competition.
Maria D’Amato, Soprano has appeared with the New York City Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Seattle Opera, Opera North, the Gotham Chamber Opera and the Opera Orchestra of New York. She has appeared in concert with both the North Arkansas and Seattle Symphonies. She is also a winner of many international vocal competitions..

Grant Winners
Keri Alkema, Mezzo-Soprano will be joining the Metropolitan Opera in productions of Adriana Lecouvreur, Rusalka and Die Walkure. She will sing a recital in Oberlin, Ohio under the auspices of The Marilyn Home Foundation, has sung with the Chautauqua Opera and will make her debut with the Sarasota Opera singing Rosina in II Barbiere di Siviglia. She was a winner of the George London and Richard Tucker Foundations vocal competitions.
Luigi Boccia, Tenor spent most of his early life in Italy. He studied musicology at The University of Pavia with renowned tenor, Gianni Raimondi, a star of La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera. In United States he has appeared in Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, and II Barbiere di Siviglia. He has received an award from the Giulio Gari Foundation and First Prize from the 2008 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition.
Evan Boyer, Bass is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Opera from the Curtis Institute of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University. Boyer appeared at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2008 performing in Eugen Onegin. He was awarded the Grand Prize at the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation Competition in 2007. He also received awards from the Giulio Gari Foundation and the American Opera Society.
Manon Evrard, Soprano made a resounding debut with the Virginia Opera in the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor in 2008. She appeared at the Prague State Opera as Violetta in a new production of La Traviata. In 2008 she was a First Prize winner in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition.
Alex Lawrence, Baritone is currently an artist-in-residence at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Roles performed include Il Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in Cortona, Italy and Tagliaferro in La Buona Figliola at the Teatro Piccinni in Bari, Italy. He is the recipient of the 2007 American Opera Society Scholarship in Men's Voice and is a winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition.
Audrey Luna, Soprano has appeared with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Portland Opera Music Festival, the Aspen Opera Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Omaha. She sang the role of Queen of the Night with great success at the Hawaii Opera Theatre. She has also appeared in concert in Italy and is a winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition.
Jonathan Michie, Baritone made his opera debut as Masettto in Don Giovanni for Mercury Opera in Rochester, NY and appeared in concert at the Spoleto Festival. He attends the Eastman School of Music Performance and Literature programs. He has won many international vocal competition awards.
Octavio Moreno, Baritone is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, having studied with Bill Schuman. A winner in many international vocal competitions he has sung numerous recitals, concerts and operas in the United States including productions with the Washington National Opera under the baton of Placido Domingo. He is contracted to sing lead roles with the Houston Grand Opera.
Jacqueline Noparstak, Soprano appeared in Opera in the Heights in Houston, Texas, the Opera Natchez Music Festival, the Opera Theatre of the Rockies. She received the Grand Prize in the AIMS, 25th Annual Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria. She is the recipient of awards from other competitions and has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States.
Lee Poulis, Baritone was a member of the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and subsequently sang with the opera. He has appeared with the Marylyn Horne Foundation and the Music Academy of the West. He has sung in concert at Weill Recital Hall and has appeared with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Los Angeles Opera.