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Nelson Performs in Santa Fe

Zachary Nelson, BM '09, the 25-year-old Annapolis native who was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Company’s 2012 Apprentice Singers program, will appear as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro in 2013.  “Zachary is fully ready to take on the demanding role of Figaro, bringing his youthful energy and mellifluous voice to the stage,” said General Manager of Santa Fe Opera Charles MacKay in announcing the selection.  “As an apprentice Zach appeared as Angelotti in last summer’s Tosca and he impressed all of us with his maturity and musicality.  Giving opportunities to young singers has long been a hallmark of The Santa Fe Opera, and we are certain this will be an impressive debut.”  

Zach was a top prize winner in the 2012 George London Foundation Awards Competition. Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times commented on his “rich, steady baritone and, in his aria from Andrea Chenier he “captured the crucial element of verismo style:  the emotion that is undoubtedly excessive but feels, in the moment, entirely right.”   Zach will make his debut with the Washington National Opera in 2014.

Voice Alum Returns as Soloist for Mozart

On September 30, 2012, the CUA Symphony and CUA Chamber Choir will appear at the National Gallery of Art in the Mutual Inspirations Festival concert featuring Mozart's Requiem, K. 626. Among the soloists will be rising opera and concert singer Issachah Savage, MM '08.

The recent winner of multiple competitions, including the Gerda Lissner and Liederkrantz competitions (in the Wagner divisions), Mr. Savage has been praised by the Washington Post for his "easy, rich, warm sound . . . His is a world class voice."

Join us for this exciting concert, which will also feature CUA voice instructor Arianna Zukerman, soprano, D.M.A. student Ana Castrello, mezzo-soprano, and CUA voice instructor Eugene Galvin, bass-baritone as soloists for the Mozart. In addition to the Requiem, the concert will include Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri, sung in English. Conducting professor and former Dean Murry Sidlin conducts.

Event Details:

Sun, September 30, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

National Gallery of Art, 6th St, and Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20565 (map)

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Alumnus Savage wins Marcello Giordani Competition

Issachah Savage, MM'08, has been announced as the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Marcello Giovanni competition!

The finals of the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition were held at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center on March 3, 2012.  18 finalists were presented in concert accompanied by pianist Jonathan Kelly.

The competition, presented in collaboration with the Gerda Lissner Foundation, awarded $24,500 in cash prizes and a number of opportunity prizes including a role in a production of Falstaff at Teatro della Fortuna in Fano, Italy, a role in an opera at the Crested Butte Music Festival and a role or concert at the Vero Beach Opera in Florida.

Two Alumni Win Big at Liederkrantz

The 2012 winners of the Wagner and General Opera divisions of the prestigious Liederkrantz are both CUA alumni. Zachary Nelson, BM '09 won first prize in the General Opera division and Issachah Savage, MM '08 won first prize in the Wagner division. Each took home winnings and will be featured in a recital at Carnegie Hall March 31. Learn more.

Jessica Bachicha Makes Carnegie Hall Debut

Jessica Bachicha, DMA '11, will make her Carnegie Hall Debut as part of the First Prize Winners Recital for the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition. The soprano, who performed most recently at CUA as Mozart's Queen of the Night, sings along with 6 other winners in Merkin Hall on January 29th. Learn more about the concert. Read about the winners.

Nelson wins Opera Index Competition

Baritone Zachary Nelson, BM'09, has been named the 1st prize winner in the 2011 Opera Index Vocal Competition, taking home $10,000 for his performance. Previous prize winners from CUA include Fabiana Bravo and Patrick Carfizzi. Read more about Zach.