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GGF Singer Update
One important role we play in between competitions is to promote the art of GGF award winners.
Below we have a September/October 2022 Update on some incredibly gifted singers. Check back to our website for frequent singer updates.
Former Giulio Gari Competition winners will be having a very busy season 2022-23.
Our first winner in 2003, Leonardo Capalbo sings performances of Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny in Luxembourg and at the Flemish Opera in fall and headlines Les Contes D’Hoffmann in Tokyo in March, 2023.
Rising mezzo-soprano star J’nai Bridges, (2015) is busy showcasing her fabulous Carmen at the Canadian Opera in Toronto and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She will sing a concert Samson et Dalila with Yonghoon Lee, (2005) in Seattle.
Yonghoon Lee of course graced the Metropolitan Opera this spring with his amazing Calaf in Turandot, a role he repeated at the Arena di Verona. Upcoming are Turandot at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Il Trovatore in Barcelona and of course Samson in Seattle with J’nai.
Michael Fabiano (2006) returns to the Met in October as Cavaradossi in Tosca and repeats it at Los Angeles Opera, The Liceu in Barcelona and the Vienna State Opera. Before that he sings in the Centennial Concert of the San Francisco Opera in September. Later on in the season he will sing Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvrer opposite Ermonela Jaho at the Australian Opera in March 2023. He returns to San Francisco in June 2023 as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
Angela Meade, (2007), one of our great Bel Canto and Verdi sopranos sings Lucrezia Borgia in Munich, Elisabetta in Don Carlo at the Met and Elena in Vespri Siciliani at La Scala in January and Elvira in Ernani in Valencia and Venice.
Steven LaBrie (2013) continues to tour as the newest member of Il Divo to great reviews wherever they appear.
Marina Costa-Jackson (2016) returns to the stage in San Diego as Suor Angelica and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.
Brandon Cedel (2011) sang Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Glyndebourne this summer and returns to the Met in the Met Premiere of Kevin Puts’s The Hours with Renee Fleming, Kelly O’Hara and Joyce Di Donato. He sings Don Giovanni in Atlanta after that Met run.
Ewa Plonka (2014) sings Tosca in Rome in December, then Elisabeth in Tannhauser at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and Elisabetta in Don Carlo at the Berlin Staatsoper.
Michelle Bradley (2018), quickly rising as one of the most important spinto sopranos of our day, sings Mme. Lidione in Les Dialogues des Carmelites at San Francisco then returns to the Met as Aida and appears as Tosca in San Diego.
Jessica Cambio (2010) stretches her repertoire in her home house, Erfurt, as Chrysothemis in Elektra and Pamira in Rossini’s Le Siege de Corinthe.
Joyce El-Khoury (2009) can be heard in Toronto at the Canadian Opera as Micaela in Carmen and then goes to Bilbao for Anna Bolena and back to Canada as Butterfly in Montreal.
Brenda Rae (2008) stars at the Paris Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor and Ophelie in Ambroise Thomas rarely heard Hamlet.
Maria Brea (2017) was a finalist earlier this year in the BBS Cardiff Singer of the World and has been invited to participate in Operalia, held this year in October in Riga, Latvia.
Hubert Zapior, (2018) will be appearing at the Komische Oper in Berlin in Mahagonny and Don Giovanni in Wroclaw in his native Poland.
Cesar Delgado (2018) repeats his creator role as Zorro in Armiento’s Opera at Opera South West in October.
Finally, our recent winners from 2019 and 2022 return to the Metropolitan Opera. Errin Duane Brooks (2019) appears in Lohengrin and Die Zauberflote and Jessica Faselt (2019) also appears in Die Zauberflote. Brittany Olivia Logan (2022) will sing the Priestess in Aida and Clotilde in Norma. Leading roles at the Met are just around the corner for these fabulous young singers. All are recent or present members of the Met’s prestigious Lindemann Young Artists Program.
This is a beautiful page and a lovely update. Keep it all coming!