We have several pieces of good news to share today about our voice/opera program students and grads.
First, from Mona Lands–News from the preliminary rounds of the Palm Springs Opera Guild competition, she says that Joshua Guerrero and Jure Pockaj will be two of the ten finalists who will compete on December 1st in Palm Springs. You will perhaps remember that our own Anush Avetisyan won this competition last year.
Secondly, from Director of UCLA Opera Prof. Peter Kazaras–”Last week, two UCLA Voice Alumnae were unanimously chosen as District Winners in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the New York District. They are Leela Subramaniam and Karen Vuong. Both will proceed to the New York Regional round of the Met Auditions. And Evan Hughes scored a personal triumph as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in his brilliantly realized performance as Don Alfonso in a Lindemann and Juilliard co-production of Così fan Tutte, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by Alan Gilbert.
Congratulations to our alumni and to our wonderful and dedicated voice faculty and staff for all their work with our students both now and in past years!
On to the future!”
Third, we have heard from Prof. Juliana Gondek good news about grad Karen Mushegain–”Mezzo-soprano Karin Mushegain recently starred at the Lyrique-en-Mer Festival in France in the title role of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”, with Virginia Opera as Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel”, with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival as Rosina in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, with New York City Opera (company debut) as Flora in Verdi’s “La Traviata”, and with Annapolis Opera as Stefano in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette”. She opens 2013 with 11 performances of Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Austin Lyric Opera and Virginia Opera.”
Karen Mushegain in “La Cenerentola.”
Last but not least, our own Tracy Cox, named 2010 L.A. Opera’s Young Artist of the Year, will also be going to the national Metropolitan Opera finals in New York, having won the local regional competition.
Tracy Cox being congratulated after her win by (left) Prof. Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera UCLA, and (right) Prof. Vladimir Chernov, Professor of Voice at UCLA.