Saturday, February 5, 2011

Low Voices Clean Up at McCollum Vocal Competition

Low voices ruled the day at the 23rd annual McCollum Competition fro Young Singers in Houston. Among the eight finalists, two baritones, a soprano and a bass were named winners in the final round of voting at the Wortham Center in Houston.

 Guest judge mezzo Federica von Stade, Houston Grand Opera General Director Anthony Freud and  Music Director Patrick Summers selected the winners of the competition following their performances in the Concert of Arias. 

Mark Diamond
First place went to baritone Mark Diamond, who performed "Hai già vinta la causa" from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and "Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen" from Korngold's Die tote Stadt.
Thomas Florio
Second place went to baritone Thomas Florio, who performed "Within this frail crucible of light" from Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and "Papagena! Papagena!" from Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Adam Lau
The audience cast their ballots at intermission for the Audience Choice Award, selecting bass Adam Lau, who performed "When my cue comes, call me" from Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and "La calunnia" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville.

Barihunks would like to congratulate these gifted young singers.

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1 comment:

  1. So, I totally just saw Thomas Florio yesterday at the Mid-South Region MET Auditions. He sang Papageno's Suicide Aria which was fabulous. He is completely as cute as a button!