$7,500 to be awarded this year
The second annual Peggy Cravens Rossini Award auditions will be held in Los Angeles in November and the winner will perform at the Vocal Competition on December 4, 2016 at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in Rancho Mirage. Peggy Cravens is again underwriting the First Place Award of $5,000 and Bill Galliker is underwriting the Second Place Award of $2,500, in memory of Michael Cressey. The panel of judges will include legendary tenor and Rossini expert Rockwell Blake, acclaimed tenor Henry Price, Director, Flora Thornton Opera Program at Pepperdine University, Andrew Eisenmann, Guild Artistic Director and Guild President Bruce Johansen. USC voice instructor David Wilkinson will again be the accompanist and music coordinator.
The winner of the inaugural Peggy Cravens Rossini Award, mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Paz, received the award at the annual Vocal Competition last December. Ms Paz’s recent engagements include her debut at Auditorio Nacional, a 10,000 seat auditorium, in a Gala with Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, as well as singing Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Teatro del Bicentenario Orchestra and the Bellas Artes National Opera Company Orchestra. In addition she appeared as Angelina in La Cenerentola with The Eduardo Mata Youth Orchestra and the Bellas Artes National Opera Company Orchestra. Earlier this year she appeared in the Mexican premiere of Il Viaggio a Reims with the National Opera Company of Bellas Artes, the Petite Messe Solenelle with Mineria Symphony Orchestra and Stabat Mater with the National University of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra OFUNAM. Congratulations to Guadalupe as well as to all the finalists who displayed outstanding talent and appreciation of the unique challenges of singing the music of Rossini.