Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and librettist Caitlin Vincent (MM ’09, Voice) will premiere a new opera Bessie and Ma, commissioned by the University of Connecticut as part of the 2017/2019 Sackler Prize in Music Composition, on Friday, March 29, and Sunday, March 31, at the University of Connecticut. The opera tells the story of the intersecting lives of Bessie Coleman, the first female aviator of color in the United States, and Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas.
Outcalls Band-Britt Olsen-Ecker (BM ’09, Voice) and Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble)-has been named a finalist for the 2019 Baker Artist Award in Music. The winners of a $10,000 prize will be announced on special episode of Maryland Public Television’s Artworks program, which will air on May 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm.
Sarah Hayashi (BM ’13, MM ’13, Voice) won second place in the Handel Aria Competition in Madison, Wis. She also performed the role of Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Bronx Opera in New York, the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Mediterranean Opera Studio & Festival in Sicily, and the role of The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Germany). She was also the featured soloist in an all-Handel concert with the Columbia Pro Cantare in Columbia, MD.
Baritone Rob McGinness (MM ’17, Voice) will be making his Carnegie Hall debut on May 25 at 7:00 pm. He will be the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in c with MidAmerica Productions and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Tickets for this event will be available starting March 25 at 11:00 am. Until then, McGinness will have a number of performances around Baltimore, appearing with the Chamber Music Society of Maryland, Baltimore Musicales, and Bel Cantanti Opera over the coming weeks. Finally, he was selected as a semi-finalist in the Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition. The finals for this competition will be held April 13 in Miami Beach, Fla.
Solen Mainguené (BM ’10, Voice) won first place in the 26th International Singing Competition of Clermont-Ferrand (France). With over 350 contestants, she also won the Prize for the Best Interpreter of Italian Repertoire. Along with a monetary prize, she was awarded professional contracts to perform the role of Nedda in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci in 12 performances with Opéra du Grand Avignon, Opéra de Reims, Opéra de Vichy, Opéra-Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand, Festival de Saint-Céré, and Opéra de Massy.