Finalists for the DuPont Opera Vocal Competition Announced

Madison, NJ –April 21, 2006 – Seven young singers will vie for the top award at the 18th Annual Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition on Saturday, April 29. The competition begins at 8 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, on the College at Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. General admission to the competition is $25; $10 for students. For ticket reservations, call 908-273-5045.

Past winners of the Competition have gone on to major careers in opera companies around the world. These include Andria Gouber, Young Ok Sin, Franco Pomponi and most recently Karen Slack. Karen Slack was heard in the Met broadcast last month in the title role of Luisa Miller.

Those qualifying for this year’s roster include tenors Sean Fallon and Evan Rivera de Beltran of New York City, baritone Jason Switzer of Philadelphia, mezzo-soprano Catherine Choi of Baltimore, sopranos Takesha Kizaet and Angela Meade of Philadelphia, and soprano Elisa Vilbergsdottir of Princeton. They will present selections ranging from Handel to Stravinsky, and favorites from Mozart, Verdi and Bellini.

The Competition will be judged by prominent musicians in the field of opera, including Chatham’s Jane Bunnell, who is currently singing with the Metropolitan Opera. Bunnell teaches and conducts master classes in the area and at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The Opera at Florham Vocal Competition was established by the Opera Guild in 1987 to honor Mrs. Violetta Pollara DuPont, a founding member of the Guild, for her vision and her tireless work on behalf of Opera at Florham.

The Opera Company provides young artists on the threshold of promising careers with opportunities and experiences to advance their careers through a variety of programs. The goal of the competition is to support the growth and development of singers by offering cash prizes and an opportunity to perform publicly with Opera at Florham in recital or in an opera production.

Lenfell Hall, in the Mansion

Lillian S. Lukac

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