|Sidney Outlaw, Philippe Sly and John Brancy|
We admit to being biased towards lower voices, but these three men are truly some of the best opera singers emerging on the scene today. The depth of their artistry and the quality of their voices is remarkable, especially considering that the youngest, Phillippe Sly and John Brancy, are just 23!
The winners will be officially revealed on Friday, but we've heard that Sly took away the top prize, shortly after having won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The three top singers will appear in the Winners’ Gala Concert this Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. Under the direction of Alain Trudel, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will accompany the winners. Tickets are available at 514 842-2112. The winners are:
FIRST PRIZE – $30,000
PHILIPPE SLY, BASS-BARITONE, CANADA
Added to the First Prize is the Career development programme, valued at $20,000.
SECOND PRIZE – $15,000
OLGA KINDLER, SOPRANO, SWITZERLAND
THIRD PRIZE – $10,000
JOHN BRANCY, BARITONE, UNITED STATES
For the finals, John Brancy kicked it off with Wagner's "O su mein holder Abendstern" from Tannhäuser, Tchaikovsky's "Postoite na odno mgnovenye!" from Pique Dame, Mendelssohn's "Es ist genug" from Elijah and Rossini's "Largo al factotum" from the Barber of Seville. Phillipe Sly then follows with Stravinsky's "Come, master" from the Rake's Progress, Handel's "Invida sorte avara" from Ariodante, Mozart's "Hai già vinta la causa!" from Marriage of Figaro and Bach's "Mache dich, mein Herze, rein" fo from the St. Matthew Passion. Sidney Outlaw finishes up this amazing run of baritone music with Mendelssohn's "Draw near ye people....Lord God of Abraham" from Eljah, Handel's "Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto" from Rinaldo, Korngold's Tanzlied from Die tote stadt and Verdi's "Death of Rodrigo" from Don Carlo.
Click here to listen to the performance. The barihunk run starts at about the 27 minute mark and is worth the listen.
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