From the Operalia competition to the San Francisco Opera stage! As two of our Adler Fellows jockey for a spot atop the rankings at this year’s @operaliacomp, let’s look back at some past contestants who won big — and then came here to perform!
This summer’s Rusalka, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, swept the categories in 2014, nabbing first place in the general competition as well as the Birgit Nilsson and Zarzuela prizes. Wowza!
A few of our performers turned out to be masters of the German repertoire, earning the Birgit Nilsson Prize. Ryan McKinny, from our world premiere of “Girls of the Golden West,” and Brian Jagde, soon to be starring in this fall’s “Manon Lescaut,” both brought the house down with their performances of Wagner and Strauss.
Darren Pene Pati, star of a special one-time-only performance of “Romeo and Juliet” this fall, walked away with the Audience Prize in the 2015 competition, as well as 2nd place overall. And Anthony Roth Costanzo, from our last production of “Partenope,” nailed his competition performance in Beijing, earning 1st place in 2012.
We’re excited to be welcoming a few more Operalia champions this upcoming season, including Edward Parks (3rd place, 2015) for “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and Simone Piazzola (Audience Prize, 2013) for “Ernani.” Best of luck to all of this year’s competitors. Bright futures await them all!