Twenty-Nine Extraordinarily Talented Opera Singers Have Been Selected for the Preliminary Round of the 19th Biennial Competition
Fort Worth, TX – The McCammon Voice Competition judges have proudly chosen the twenty-nine semi-finalists for the nineteenth biennial competition. Initially scheduled for April 3 and 4, the 2020 competition will be moved to the fall of this year, in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Ticketholders for the semi-finals and finals of the competition can donate the value of their previously purchased tickets to the McCammon, or apply the full value to the rescheduled fall competition. Dates, times, venues, and the 2020 panel of distinguished judges will be announced at a later date.
The 2020 semi-finalist competitors are SeokJong Baek, Rachel Blaustein, Leah Brzyski, Teresa Castillo, Wonjin Choi, Taylor Comstock, Joshua Conyers, Sylvia D’Eramo, Jesse Donner, Dylan Elza, Jessica Faselt, Rudolph Giron, Elana Gleason, LaMarcus Miller, Megan Moore, Tshilidzi Ndou, Alexandra Nowakowski, Ndumiso Nyoka, John Park, Nikola Printz, Matthew Reese, Alexandra Rodrick, Brooklyn Snow, Catherine Swindle, Wm. Clay Thompson, Elena Villalón, Ethan Vincent, Boya Wei, and Junbo Zhou.
Since its debut in 1985, the McCammon has become one of the most prestigious operatic events in the world. Every two years, the contest showcases some of the most compelling young singers of the 21st century, and many past winners and finalists now enjoy thriving careers, performing with major opera companies throughout the United States and across the globe. In addition to the coveted prize money, winners are offered a role in future Fort Worth Opera productions.
ABOUT FORT WORTH OPERA: Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is the oldest continually-performing opera company in Texas, and one of the 14 oldest opera companies in the United States. The organization has received national acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its artistic excellence. Beginning in 2017, Fort Worth Opera launched the second phase of its landmark, 10-year Opera of the Americas initiative with Noches de Ópera (Nights of Opera), a groundbreaking campaign which introduces powerful operas, each reflecting the diverse cultures of American audiences.
Fort Worth Opera is sponsored in part by awards from Opera America, The Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, The City of Fort Worth, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Additional Fort Worth Opera sponsors include: the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; American Airlines; Arts and Culture Texas Magazine, Visit Fort Worth; Texas The Hattie Mae Lesley Foundation; Live Urban Fort Worth; Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust, Simmons Bank, Trustee; Townplace Suites; Autobahn; Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; The Pangburn Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase, Trustee; and the Sid W. Richardson Foundation.