Congratulations to former IYDV participant, soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen who took home First Prize in the 2014 Operalia Competition in Los Angeles! As well as first prize, Rachel was also awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize (for Wagner/Strauss repertoire) and The Pepita Embil Domingo Zarzuela Prize. 


Each of the 13 finalists performed an aria accompanied by orchestra, with some of the finalists also performing zarzuela solos. Placido Domingo presided over the finals competition, serving as the emcee as well as conductor.


For more information and a full list of the prizes, read the article in the LA Times

Tenor Issachah Savage clearly wowed all those in attendance at the Seattle Opera’s International Wagner Competition on Thursday, August 7th. He cleaned up the prize categories, winning not only First Prize, but also both the Orchestra and Audience Choice Awards, and was asked by Speight Jenkins to sing on Saturday at the Seattle Opera’s Speight Celebration. One of IYDV’s long-standing young professional singers and a wonderful mentor to our young students, Issachah has the entire faculty and his fellow singers cheering for him. Congratulations, Issachah!


Opera Today’s Maria Nockin spent some time at the 2014 IYDV program in Salt Lake City and had a chance to sit down with Dolora to talk about the Institute – what makes them different, how they support young singers and what they are planning for the future!


Read the full interview on the Opera Today website

INTERVIEW WITH DOLORA ZAJICK IN OPERA TODAY

RACHEL WILLIS-SØRENSEN WINS FIRST PRIZE AT THE OPERALIA COMPETITION

ISSACHAH SAVAGE WINS BIG AT THE SEATTLE OPERA’S INTERNATIONAL WAGNER COMPETITION

REBECCA PEDERSEN WINS LICIA-ALBANESE PUCCINI VOCAL COMPETITION

The faculty and staff at IYDV congratulate soprano Rebecca Pedersen on winning another prestigious vocal competition, taking first prize at the Licia-Albanese Puccini Vocal Competition in New York City. In addition to the $10,000 award, Rebecca earned the opportunity to return to New York in the Fall to sing in Alice Tully Hall at  Lincoln Center.


Rebecca studies with voice teacher Darrell Babidge at BYU who is also IYDV’s  Director of the Emerging Singers and Young Professional Programs.


Congratulations, Becca!

DOLORA ZAJICK ON FRESH AIR – MARCH 19, 2014

The Institute’s founder and General Director, Dolora Zajick, speaks to Fresh Air host Terry Gross about her long opera career, 25 years at the Met, the complexities of HD broadcasts, and her passion for pedagogy with IYDV!

ISSACHAH SAVAGE SELECTED AS A FINALIST AT THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL WAGNER COMPETITION

Tenor Issachah Savage continues to impress audiences, critics, and juries alike. On January 6th, 2014, the Seattle Opera’s General Director Speight Jenkins announced the singers selected for the company’s International Wagner Competition. On August 7, 2014, Issachah will compete against seven other singers in an all-Wagner concert conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing. The eight finalists have the opportunity to win two prizes of $25,000  awarded by a panel of distinguished judges, a prize of $5,000 awarded by the orchestra, and a $5,000 prize for the audience favorite.


Read more about the announcement

DOLORA ZAJICK ON TECHNIQUE AND NURTURING THE NEXT GENERATION OF DRAMATIC VOICES


Dolora spoke to WKCR’s Stepan Atamian about technique and nurturing the next generation of dramatic voices as part of the station’s Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast.


Listen to the interview on WKCR’s website


ISSACHAH SAVAGE MAKES HIS MARK AT MEROLA!


Performances by IYDV tenor Issachah Savage at both the Merola Opera Program’s Schwabacher Summer Concert in July and the Grande Finale in August have drawn great critical acclaim. The faculty at the IYDV is thrilled for Issachah’s success and looks forward to his Houston Opera debut as Radames in their production of Aida alongside Dolora Zajick’s Amneris.

“Dramatic tenor Issachah Savage proved a tremendous, heroic Lohengrin. The line of his gorgeous voice in “Mein lieber Schwann” was seamless, the energy unflagging. Having previously thrilled the loyal Merola audience with his Otello in the Schwabacher Summer Concert, it is easy to imagine Savage, who also has a delightful comic sensibility, following in the footsteps of Domingo and Botha.” (San Francisco Classical Voice, 17 August 2013)


“Tenor Issachah Savage made a thrilling Lohengrin, bringing grace and ardor to “Mein lieber Schwann” from Wagner’s opera”

(San Francisco Chronicle, 19 August 2013)


“Issachah Savage brought the house down with his personal best for all his impressive appearances this summer: “Mein lieber Schwann” from “Lohengrin” was heldentenor par excellence – trumpetlike, clear, open-throated, powerful.”

(San Francisco Examiner, 18 August 2013)


“For the other shoe to drop, the audience had to wait all the way until the end of the evening, when tenor Issachah Savage gave a phenomenal glimpse of his abilities as Otello in the final scene from Verdi’s opera. Merola is supposed to be a training program, yet here was a vocal showing as sure-footed and commanding as anything you might encounter on a professional stage.

From his opening notes – impeccably shaded and coiled with repressed fury – to the opera’s final explosion of grief and shame, Savage sang with a combination of power and finesse that is rare to observe. The only disappointment was that we didn’t get to hear more from him – though that will surely be corrected soon.”

(San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2013)

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