The winner of the inaugural Rossini Award is mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Paz. She will perform and receive the award at the annual Vocal Competition on December 6 in Rancho Mirage.
Guadalupe’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. Her upcoming engagements include the Mexican premiere of Il Viaggio a Reims by 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.
The panel of judges included legendary tenor and acknowledged Rossini expert Rockwell Blake who was joined by acclaimed tenor Henry Price, Director, Flora Thornton Opera Program at Pepperdine University, Mona Lands, renowned UCLA accompanist and voice coach, Guild Artistic Director Michael Cressey and Guild President Bruce Johansen. USC voice instructor David Wilkinson was the accompanist and music coordinator. The award will be presented in conjunction with the Guild’s 32nd annual Vocal Competition on Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3pm – 6 pm in Rancho Mirage, California.
Congratulations to Guadalupe as well as to all the finalists who displayed outstanding talent and appreciation of the unique challenges of singing Rossini.