GGF MARCH 2023 UPDATE
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Opera’s legendary femme fatale returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago with Bizet’s Carmen – March 11 – April 7, 2023 – starring J’Nai Bridges, a leading interpreter of the famous title role and a singer with deep Chicago roots. Audiences are invited to experience one of opera’s greatest hits, featuring iconic music that is instantly recognizable even for those new to the art form.
The diva you know and love. BET has described two-time Grammy Award winner J’Nai Bridges as “the Beyoncé of the opera world.” As Carmen, a signature role she has portrayed around the globe, that description couldn’t be more accurate. An alumna of Lyric’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center training program and a Kennedy Center Next 50 cultural leader, the mezzo-soprano makes her triumphant return to the Lyric Stage. Bridges has appeared in more than 15 productions at Lyric and continues to shine as an unparalleled talent in opera.
Praised for his remarkably clear and impressive vocal production (Opera News), Polish Baritone Hubert Zapiór, this year, after his successful time in the ensemble of the Staatsoper Hannover joins the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin.
Winner of The Opera Index Award at The Opera Index Vocal Competition 2018, The Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Vocal Competition 2018, The Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition 2018, The Career Bridges 2018, The First Prize in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition 2018, and The Second Prize and 3 Special Prizes including For The Best Interpretation of a Paderewski’s Song in The Kosciuszko Foundation Marcela Sembrich International Voice Competition 2018 in New York. He is also a winner of the Second Prize at Loren L. Zachary Society International Vocal Competition in Los Angeles in 2019.
You can follow news from Hubert on his stunning website here: HUBERT ZAPIÓR
Amani Cole-Felder starred in the Italian Opera Furiosus
Inspired by Orlando Furioso, one of the best-known works in Italian literature, the two-act opera Furiosus with libretto by Flora Gagliardi takes us on a galactic journey from earth to moon, from mythical to human, highlighting the vicissitudes of life, love, sorcery, and seduction while Roberto Scarcella Perino’s score provides a warm, whimsical, and thoroughly transportive musical underpinning of the unfolding drama.
The performance was at Merkin Concert Hall and we had a strong Gari presence in the audience. Als in attendance: Brittany Olivia Logan a 2022 Giulio Gari Winner. It was a fun night.
Soprano Jana McIntyre, who makes her @CarnegieHall debut next month singing the title role in “Daphne,” is the March #SoundBites in Opera News. Jana McIntyre is a 2018 GGF prize winner. Visit Jana’s glorious website here.
The 2023-2024 Metropolitan Opera Season has been announced. Click here to explore an extremely innovative and surely stunning upcoming season.
THE 2023 GGF VOCAL COMPETITION
2023 marks our 20th year. We have raised and given over $650,000 to young opera singers, and are so pleased to continue our giving tradition in 2023.
We are up and running on Yaptracker for the May competition.
The 2023 event will be held May 8 – 12 at The Liederkranz Club in New York.
2023 GGF VOCAL COMPETITION
The application for competitors is now placed on YAP Tracker. Click on the button to learn more.
Chris Oglesby shares his insights on the vocal competition season in a new video presentation. This is a new GGF initiative to aid singers in their efforts to succeed in the vast world of opera.
2023 SINGER APPLICATIONS
The application for competitors is now placed on YAP Tracker. You can learn all about this year’s competition on our website.