Congratulation to the new young winners and finalists of Elgin Opera’s Sixth Annual Vocal Competition! Bravo to all of the Division I - Twinkle Little Star (up to age 13) finalists & contestants, particularly to Aliyah Maya Starks who won First Place, singing "Colors of the Wind;" and to the talented Division II – Teen Artist (14 to 18 year old) singers, especially to Katie Marr, who won First Place singing "Se Florindo e Fedele" and "The Sun Whose Rays" from The Mikado.
The other Division I finalists were: Madeleine Ehret (Second Place), Bridgette Freitag (Third Place), Alexandra Bentkowska, Emily Turner, and Tessa Newman. The Division II finalists included: Nick Foulk Voegeli (Second Place) Jack Mulopulos (Third Place), Maria Catalano, Jayne Diliberto, and Brandon Meng
The Young Adult Division III and IV competitions will begin the weekend of June 23rd and 24th. Semi Finals will be Saturday, July 14th, and the Finalist Recital will be Sunday, July 15th at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.
Elgin Opera's Vocal Competition is open to students and emerging artists from the Chicago area and across the country. Singers are adjudicated by established professionals in three rounds, culminating in finals open to the public. In addition to the monetary prizes awarded, selected winners and finalists are invited to become members of Elgin Opera's Training and Performing Ensembles and participate in future programming. In 2008, the Emerging Artist division was added to the competition, providing a rare opportunity for more mature singers, whether just entering the professional phase of their careers or returning to opera after a hiatus.
The event will be held at the Elgin Academy Campus, Kimball Street Theatre, 350 Park Street, at the corner of Kimball Street and Dundee Avenue in downtown Elgin. For more information, please call (847) 695-5014.