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Update on Voice/Opera Alumni Successes

April 19th, 2016 · No Comments

We have heard from several of our voice/opera alumni recently with good news regarding their ongoing career successes and awards.

First, from Tracy Cox (L.A. Opera’s 2010 Young Artist of the Year)?in addition to appearing locally in some of Pacific Opera Project?s productions, and winning a number of prestigious awards and prizes, travelling and singing a lot, Tracy will now have her first roles at the Metropolitan Opera in 2017.

She says she will be covering the Foreign Princess in the new production of Rusalka, and Marianne Letzmarin in Der Rosenkavalier (in which Renee Fleming will be singing her last Marschallin) both in 2017.

Congratulations Tracy!

Here?s a phot of Tracy in our production of Gianni Schicchi in 2008.

Second, graduate Peabody Southwell is singing in a world premiere as part of the L.A. Phil’s Green Umbrella series. The piece is “Begin” by Juhi Bansal, which was commissioned by the LA Philharmonic today,Tuesday, April 19.

Peabody in one of our opera galas.

Third, graduate Brian Vu has just won top prize in the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition. UCLA grads have won this prestigious prize for excellence in singing and acting three out of the last four years. Congratulations, Brian!

Here is Brian, in the middle, with other top finalists in the competition
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Next on our list is UCLA Extension alumnus Jesus Leon, who studied voice with us and performed in a number of productions. He just starred at Arena di Verona in ?La Sonnambula?, and in ?Les P?cheurs de perles? in Florence before that. Next, he sings the title role in Gounod?s ?Romeo et Juliette? in Atlanta.

Jesus Leon, featured here with Khori Dastoor in Ian Krouse’s opera “Lorca, Child of the Moon.”

Last but Not least, UCLA alumnus Rodell Rosell, who just sang ?Mime? in Wagner’s “Siegfried” in Houston


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