Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Kristina Lewis (MM ’11, Voice) won an Encouragement/Study Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-Middle-Atlantic Region Finals on Jan. 29 at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Lewis, contralto, also performed with Harlem Opera Theater in celebration of their tenth anniversary on Feb. 16, a preview of HOT’s first international tour. Lewis will perform on tour Sept. 3-16 in Argentina, Chile, and Uraguay. In December, the tour will go to Holland and Italy. She was a finalist in HOT’s 2010 voice competition.
Opera GPD candidate Kate Jackman (MM ’11, Voice) has been accepted into the Tanglewood Music Center as a Vocal Fellow for 2012. She will perform the lead in Oliver Knussen’s new opera this summer at Tanglewood. Jackman will also compete in the quarterfinals of The American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Ga., on Jan. 26 and 27.
Kristina Lewis (MM2) will debut as mezzo-soprano soloist with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on November 5th and 6th at the Meyerhoff and Strathmore with Marin Alsop in their production “Analyze This: Mahler and Freud.” The performances involve singing the complete Alma Mahler song Die Stille Stadt and a large excerpt of In diesem Wetter from Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, as well as reading excerpts of Alma Mahler’s writings as the character of Alma.
Soprano Huanhuan Ma, a GPD candidate in the studio of Phyllis Bryn-Julson, won second place in the International Madama Butterfly Competition, held in Nagasaki, Japan.