Tenor Jongwoo Woo (MM ‘18, Voice) won first prize in the European Music Academy Vocal Competition in Prague, Czech Republic, as well as the Beethoven Award. He performed in the Gala Concert with the North Czech Philharmonic, and was rewarded with several engagements in the Czech Republic and auditions for theaters in Germany.
Soprano Rachel Blaustein (MM ’15, Voice) won second place in The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, Professional Women’s Division in Opera. She won an Encouragement Award in both the Annapolis Opera Competition and the Metropolitan Opera Auditions Central Region, and won the Audience Choice Award in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition.
Alexandra Razskazoff (BM ‘14, Voice) won first place in the 31st Annual Opera at Florham/Violetta Dupont Vocal Competition, and a monetary prize of $5,000. Tenor John ChongYoon Noh (BM ‘16, Voice) was also a finalist, and was given the Encouragement Award in the competition.
Doctoral candidate Rachel O’Connor, horn, has arrived in Chile to carry out her Presser Award project, and was featured in a local newspaper. The article outlines what she will be doing in her time in Chile and gives some of her background.
Christopher Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting) will join San Francisco Opera to conduct their production of Hansel und Gretel this fall. He will also conduct a recording of bel canto repertoire with tenor Petr Nekoranec and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts with tenor Juan Diego Florez in Spain. Recently, he completed a run of performances of La Traviata at Minnesota Opera, Turandot at San Francisco Opera, and Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.