Min-Kuei Yang, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate studying with Alexander Shtarkman, was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Seattle International Piano Competition, which took place Sept. 17-19. She also received a jurors’ award for the Best Performance of Chopin.
The New York debut of GPD candidate Sonya Knussen, mezzo-soprano, with the Red Light New Music Company at Symphony Space was reviewed by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times. Kozinn wrote, “In two madrigals, “Tu m’uccidi, o crudele” and “Moro, lasso,” the vocal lines, shaped gracefully here by Sonya Knussen, a mezzo-soprano, are offset by quirkily revised accompaniments that expand on Gesualdo’s penchant for acidic harmony.”
Soprano Annie Gill (GPD ’08) won first place in the Kentucky Opera Idol Competition on Sept. 17 in Morehead, Ky. Gill won all three components: judges’ decision, audience choice, and online. She will perform the role of Kate Pinkerton in Baltimore Opera Theatre’s production of Madama Butterfly on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Hippodrome Theatre.