2013 International Vocal Competition
Winners Biography
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Top Prize
Anthony C. Evans, Baritone. Grand Finals Winner 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Won Top Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation IVC 2013. Won First Prize in the Giulio Gari IVC 2012. He was First Prize winner in the Mario Lanza Institute Competition and Second Prize in the Opera Index Competition. In the midst of these successes he gave his first professional recital in Lexington, KY. He joined the Chicago Lyric Opera's Ryan Center Young Artist Program in 2013.

First Prize
Takaoki Onishi, Baritone. A native of Tokyo, Japan, is a second year graduate diploma student at Juilliard School; he also was the winner of the inaugural Juilliard First Prize of IFAC. He won the Top Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation IVC 2013. First Prize Winner in the Opera Index competition 2012. He was awarded a scholarship at Aspen Music Festival and he made his debut at Lincoln Center in his Juilliard Vocal Arts honors recital at Alice Tully Hall.

Second Prize
Anthony Kalil, Tenor. Lindeman Young Artist Development Program-First Year. Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Vashon Opera; participant in the I Sing Beijing program in Beijing, China. He has performed such roles as Rodolfo in La Bohème, Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. 2013 Sara Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Second Prize 2013 Gerda Lissner Foundation IVC.

Second Prize
Jennifer Rowley, Soprano. winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant, she received critically acclaimed successes at the Norwegian National Opera as Musetta in La Bohème (recently released on DVD), as well as at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. In 2014, she will make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Musetta in La Bohème. She has also been engaged by Covent Garden to perform in future productions.

Third Prize
John Holiday, Counter Tenor. In the 2012/2013 season, Mr. Holiday makes his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano. He made his debut with Portland Opera in Phillip Glass's Galileo Galilei in the 2011/2012 season. He will also join the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover Nireno in Giulio Cesare under Harry Bicket in David McVicar's new production.

Fourth Prize
Steven LaBrie, Baritone. Mr. LaBrie has received numerous awards and honors including a 2013 Encouragement Grant from the George London Music Foundation, Second Place from the Gerda Lissner Foundation as well as the Judges Award with the Opera Index Competition. He was also awarded First Place in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, and Second Place in the Palm Beach Opera Competition where he performed in the grand winner's concert accompanied by the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra.

Fourth Prize
Musa Ngqungwana, Bass Baritone. Grand Finals Winner 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Academy of Vocal Arts third-year Resident Artist. Finalist and awarded the prize of "Die Zeit" on the 29th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Winner for the role of Ping, International Turandot Competition. Appeared at AVA as Sancho in Don Quichotte; Prince Gremin and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin; Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Fifth Prize
Deanna Breiwick, Soprano. Ms. Breiwick is a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist and also holds a First Prize from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and other awards from the George London, The Giulio Gari Foundation and the Richard F. Gold Career Grand. With the Metropolitan Opera Ms. Breiwick covered the role of Ariel in The premier of The Tempest in 2013 and was a featured soloist in the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series.

Fifth Prize
Yunpeng Wang, Baritone. Was most recently seen in his Carnegie Hall debut collaborating with the Musical Olympus Festival. Mr. Wang, age twenty-five, hails from China. In February he made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the I Sing Beijing program and the New York City Opera Orchestra. In 2012 he was the second place winner of Placido Domingo's Operalia Competition. He will join the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist development Program in 2013/14.

Fifth Prize
Jonathan Winell, Tenor. New York City born tenor, Jonathan Winell, is known for his impressive artistry, beautiful tone and easy, thrilling top. Beginning to make his mark on the operatic stage, he recently had his Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall as Baroncelli in Wagner's Rienzi with The Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Eve Queler. In late 2011, he appeared as Alméric in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta with the Dicapo Opera Theatre. He won Second Prize with the Gerda Lissner Foundation IVC 2013.

Grant Winners
Viktor Antipenko, Tenor. The young Russian-born tenor recently had an acclaimed debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Don Jose in Carmen and has been invited to return next season. This was preceded by his return to Opera de Lyon in a new production of Verdi's Macbeth. Mr. Antipenko is a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied with Bill Schuman.
Aaron Blake, Tenor. Touted as "A vocal powerhouse" by the Los Angeles Times, makes his Washington National Opera debut this coming season in their production of Anna Bolena. Mr. Blake will additionally make debuts as Tamino with Opera Birmingham, and as Don Ottavio with Cincinatti Opera, and will cover the role of Mambre in New York City Opera's production of Moses in Egypt. He will make his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in the 2013/2014 season.
Dominick Chenes, Tenor. First year resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Dominick attended the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz Austria. While attending the AIMS program he had the privilege of performing with the AIMS festival orchestra under the direction of Maestro Edoardo Müller. He won Second Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation IVC 2013. He also attended the IVAI with Joan Dornemann.
Marina Costa-Jackson, Soprano. First year resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and studies with Bill Schuman. She was a member of the Young Artist Program of the Utah Festival Opera and she performed Susie in Puccini's La Rondine. She has also studied voice in Palermo Italy and given concerts in different areas of the United States. Has sung Violetta in La Traviata with the Utah Lyric Opera.
Shirin Eskandani, Mezzo Soprano. Hailed by Opera Today for her "pleasing and pliant voice" Iranian Canadian mezzo soprano, Shirin Eskandani, is a 2013 recipient of an Encouragement Award from the George London Foundation. Highlights of the 2012/2013 season for Ms. Eskandani include a return to Palm Beach Opera. This summer she will be featured as a young artist with Caramoor opera and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.
Tobias L. Greenhalgh, Baritone. A native of Rochester, New York, is a current candidate for a Masters in Music from The Juilliard School, where he studies with Dr. Robert White. Tobias attended the Music Academy of the West where he sang the role of Pelleas in their opera scenes, won an encouragement award in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, and sang in a cabaret coached by Carol Burnett. Won First Prize in the Liederkranz Competition 2013.
Shelley Jackson, Soprano. A first-year resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts from Washington D.C. Ms. Jackson received a M.M in Opera from Temple University, where she sang Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Thérèse/Tirésias in Les mamelles di Tirésias. She holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music; and studied voice at the CUBEC Accademia di bel canto Mirella Freni in Italy.
Courtney Johnson, Soprano. Is currently a senior undergrad at Mannes College of Music in New York. She received Encouragement Awards from the George London Foundation Competition and for the Opera Index Competition 2012, and Second Place in the 2012 Giulio Gari IVC. Made New York debut in Verdi's I Lombardi singing the role of Sophia at Avery Fisher Hall with Opera Orchestra of New York 2013.
Mary-Jane Lee, Soprano. Most recently Ms. Lee was featured as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw and Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes Showcase. She was also seen as the Countess Madeleine in Capriccio with the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes Showcase. She received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Palm Beach Opera and Dallas Opera.
Nicholas Master, Bass. Nicholas was a National Grand Finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. In his second season as a member of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, accomplished young bass Nicholas Masters is a recent First Prize and Audience Choice winner in the 2013 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This season with Houston Grand Opera Nicholas performed Colline in La Bohème.
Jamez McCorkle, Baritone. Entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies with Ruth Falcon. Prior to attending Curtis, he attended Mannes College The New School for Music and Loyola University New Orleans. He has also attended several summer programs, including Houston Grand Opera, The Music Academy of the West, and the International Vocal Arts Institute. Won a First Prize in the George London Foundation Competition 2013.
Courtney Mills, Soprano. After attending Indiana University, Ms. Mills continued her professional studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, Verbier Music Festival Young Artist Program and Cardiff International Academy of Voice. Her time at these venerable institutions introduced her to the influence of such extraordinary stars of the operatic world as James Levine, Renata Scotto, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Chloé Moore, Soprano. Currently a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts studying with Bill Schuman. Chloé has received many awards in the last year including First Place in the George London Foundation, First Place in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, 3rd Place in the Liederkranz Foundation, 3rd Place in the Loren Zachary Vocal Competition. Performed Adina in L'Elisir d'amore, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande.
Ricardo Rivera, Baritone. Ricardo Rivera will be an Apprentice Artist with Sante Fe Opera in 2013 where he will sing Thomas Martin and Hotel Manager in the world premiere of Oscar and cover Germont in La Traviata. In the 2011-2012 season, Ricardo made his Opera Orchestra of NY debut in the role of Orsini in Wagner's Rienzi under the baton of Eve Queler in Avery Fisher Hall. Has also appeared with Chautauqua Opera and Opera North.