On June 19, 2010, former UCLA Music Department student Rodell Rosel won President's Prize at Jose Iturbi Competition, which was held at UCLA between June 17th and 19th.  This worldwise competition in voice and piano draws professional musicians from all over the world.  Rosel's biography offers the following information:

Grammy-nominated tenor Rodell Rosel, 34, recently made a successful Metropolitan Opera debut as Valzacchi in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and later as Nathanaël in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, both broadcast live in HD in theaters nationwide, under the batons of Edo de Waart and James Levine, respectively. He sang featured roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Florentine Opera and Wolf Trap Opera Company. He originated the role of Ong Chi Seng in the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Letter at Santa Fe Opera. He returns to Houston Grand Opera as Goro/Madama Butterfly and Tanzmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos for the 2010-2011 season.

An alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, the Manila native studied at Santa Monica College, and the University of California in Los Angeles. In addition to the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Prize, Mr. Rosel has received top awards from the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and the Lotte Lenya Vocal Competition, including the People’s Choice Award from the Jose Iturbi International Music Competition in 2008. He is the recipient of scholarships from, among others, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Opera Buffs Career Achievement Award.

More information about the Iturbi Competition can be found at:  http://www.joseiturbifoundation.org/index.php