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What Are Our Past Vocal Competition Winners Up To?

Many of the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition First Place winners are enjoying exciting careers.  We’ve been tracking their growth and are pleased to present the following update:

2014 Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee won First Prize in the Met Western Regionals in November, 2014 and was a winner in the Met National Council Auditions in NYC in March of this year.  Nicholas has appeared in productions at Rice, Wolf Trap and Tel Aviv and appeared in the Guild’s Opera in the Park this past April 12. Among other engagements at LA Opera, he sang several roles in The Ghosts of Versailles and the role of Lycos in Hercules vs. Vampires. This past summer he sang with Santa Fe Opera and is currently a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera. Nicholas returns next season as Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick, the Speaker in The Magic Flute, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Colline in La bohème.

2013 Bass Adam Lau won 2nd place in our Competition 2 years ago before winning First Place in 2013.  In June 2013, Adam covered both Antonio and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in Los Angeles.  He appeared as the High Priest of Babylon in Nabucco, Angelotti/Sciarrone in Tosca and Palemon in Thaïs last year at Florida Grand Opera in Miami.  He sang the role of Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro at Dallas Opera last fall and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte at Opera Naples earlier this year. In April he appeared in the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni at North Carolina Opera.  In June Adam sang with the Opera Theater of St. Louis in Handel’s Richard The Lionheart and interpreted the role of Papa in the Seattle Opera world premier of An American Dream on August 21 and 23.  On July 27 he sang the National Anthem at the Mariners game in Seattle. In December Adam covers the role of Ob in the Dallas Opera production of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus. He is scheduled to sing the bass solo in the Messiah at San Francisco Opera later in December and the role of Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia next April, 2016 with North Carolina Opera.  Adam was one of the 6 prize winners at the George London 2015 Competition in NY.


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