Jongwoo Woo Wins First Place Reply

Jongwoo WooTenor 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.

Rachel Blaustein Wins Many Awards Reply

Blaustein-Rachel1Soprano 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.

Christopher Franklin Conducts, Records Reply

CF-photos-lucca5Christopher 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.