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2011 COMPETITION WINNERS

CONGRATULATIONS!

DEIRDRE LOBO-D’CUNHA, soprano – GRAND PRIZE WINNER

ERIN McADAMS, soprano solo

ERIN McCAUGHIN, alto

ALEXIS ALFARO, tenor

JEONG SANG LYU, bass

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CONGRATULATES THE WINNERS OF
FANFAIRE FOUNDATION’S
2011 MESSIAH SOLOISTS COMPETITION!

THE 4 RUNNERS-UP WILL EACH RECEIVE A ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to OPERA NEWS.

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PICTURES AT THE COMPETITION

Deirdre Lobo-D'Cunha, Grand Prize Winner

Deirdre Lobo-D’Cunha

Alexis Alfaro, Tenor

Alexis Alfaro

 

Singing in the elegance of the French Parlor

Dr. Angela Yeung, Karen Keltner, Suzanna Guzman

Adjudicating (seated, right to left):
mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, Maestro Karen Keltner and Dr. Angela Yeung

It was VOCAL TALENTS GALORE! at FanFaire Foundation’s 2011 Messiah Soloists Competition. Exceptional singers all (some, like renowned soprano Barbara Hendricks, with degrees in chemistry!), they came from all over California (San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County and San Diego). Adjudication was, as the pictures at the competition above show, pleasurably rewarding!

WE THANK:
the distinguished guest adjudicators, San Diego Opera Resident Conductor Maestro KAREN KELTNER, (who conducts the West Coast premiere of JAKE HEGGIE‘s universally acclaimed opera MOBY DICK in Februrary 2012) and famed mezzo-soprano and LA Opera Principal Artist SUZANNA GUZMAN for being so generous with their time and their caring words of wisdom;

OPERA NEWS for their subscription donations;

and other DONORS for their donation of various runner-up gift prizes.

NOW MEET THE FIRSTS AMONG EQUALS…

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THE WINNERS

DEIRDRE LOBO-D’CUNHA, soprano and Grand Prize Winner

Deirdre Lobo-D'CunhaBorn in India, Deirdre began her musical training under her mother, Celia Lobo, a well-known opera singer, theater director, and voice teacher in India. Deirdre holds a Bachelor of Music degree (University of Santo Tomas), a Master of Music degree (University of Colorado), and a Post-Graduate Diploma (Peabody Conservatory of Music).

She has studied with Marilyn Zschau, and Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and has coached with Kathryn Cathcart, Richard Boldrey, and Martin Isepp. She currently studies with Voltaire Verzosa, and coaches with Richard Harrell, and Peter Grunberg.

Deirdre has worked with conductors such as Francisco Feliciano (Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra), Francois Legrand (World Philharmonic), Shulamit Hoffmann (Viva la Musica), and David Ramadanoff (Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra), to name a few.

A versatile artist, Deirdre frequently performs as soloist in concert and in recital both internationally and in the US. She has been a soloist for the Messiah (Handel), The Creation (Haydn), Gloria (Vivaldi), Magnificat (Vivaldi), Christmas Cantata (J.S. Bach), Mass in G (Schubert), Seven Last Words of Christ (Dubois), Ceremony of Carols (Britten), Magnificat (Pergolesi), The Armed Men (Jenkins), Magnificat (J.S. Bach), Mass in C Major (Beethoven), and Requiem (Mozart), among others. In 1996, Deirdre was invited to sing in Sangat, an Indian International Music Festival held in Mumbai, sponsored by the Mehli Mehta Foundation and chaired by Zubin Mehta.

From 1997 to 2004, Deirdre took a sabbatical from active performance to raise her son Andre, now 14 years of age. A US citizen, Deirdre lives in Daly City, California with her husband Neville D’Cunha and their son.

Some of Deirdre’s 2011 Solo Engagements have included: Requiem (Mozart) in Prague, Czech Republic and in Dresden, Germany; and Gratia (D’Souza), a newly commissioned work by an Indian composer, in Mumbai, India.

An educator, Deirde teaches and coaches students in voice and piano. She has taught in the Philippines, India, and the US and frequently conducts Vocal Institutes such as those planned for June and July 2012 in Chennai, Pune, Goa, and Mumbai (India).

Deirdre is currently Choral Director and Principal Cantor at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

ERIN McADAMS, soprano solo

Erin McAdams is a graduate student at San Diego State University (SDSU) where she is working towards her MM in Vocal Performance. Erin graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Political Science. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer out of the Notre Dame ROTC program and served two tours of duty in Yokosuka, Japan and San Diego. Erin recently completed her four years of service in the Navy and is once again pursuing her love of music.

While at Notre Dame, Erin appeared as Helena in Opera Notre Dame’s production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and sang the role of novice in Suor Angelica. She was a winner of the Notre Dame concerto competition in 2007 and went on to sing Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate with the Notre Dame chamber orchestra. She also appeared as a soloist in concerts with the Notre Dame Chorale and the Notre Dame Collegium Musicum. Erin was selected to present a recital as part of the Bach’s Lunch concert series.

Erin will appear in San Diego State University Opera Theatre’s production of Magic Flute in February as Second Lady. She has studied with mezzo-soprano Mary MacKenzie and currently studies with baritone Lee Gregory at San Diego State.

ERIN McCAUGHIN, mezzo-soprano

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, mezzo-soprano Erin Kathleen McCaughin began her formal classical training while pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance under the instruction of Enrique Toral at San Diego State University where she was an active member of the SDSU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir. She continued her academic studies at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. At BYU, she studied under Dr. Lawrence Vincent and participated in Opera Workshop and Opera Scenes Performances, singing the role of Cenerentola in Act 1 of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and with the chorus in Act 1 of Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore (Act I) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Act II).

Erin also participated in BYU’s 2011 Young Artists of Voice Competition and sang in the university choirs, including the internationally recognized BYU Singers which afforded numerous performing opportunities, including performances with the King’s Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She also recorded back-up vocals for recording artist Dallyn Vail Bayles and participated in televised PBS broadcasts, including the choral and orchestral program, “The Pilgrim’s Journey Home.” In 2011, she performed with the BYU singers at the ACDA National Convention in Chicago and toured Colorado and Wyoming for two weeks.

Upon graduation from BYU, Erin relocated to San Diego to pursue her musical career. Equally at home with the jazz and musical theatre repertoire, she is currently building a private voice studio and pursuing new performing opportunities. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing , Erin continues her vocal studies with Enrique Toral. She will be singing with the Full Measure Carolers in their upcoming 2011 Holiday season.

ALEXIS ALFARO, tenor

Mexican-American tenor Alexis Alfaro has been praised for his eclectic singing style and the diversity of his repertoire, captivating audiences from New Zealand to Ireland, San Diego to New York, and Brazil to Mexico with his dynamic renditions of classical music, traditional Mexican folk songs, and contemporary jams. He has sung with several critically acclaimed a capella and contemporary groups including Serenity Now, S.N.E.Y.L, and the 89 Duo.

Trained in Southern California by world-renowned singers and conductors, Alexis honed his skills through his participation in the University of San Diego Choral Scholars Program and the San Diego State University Opera Program.

Alexis continues to grow as a musician/vocalist and finds joy in promoting music education through teaching and working for various music ensembles and arts organizations throughout San Diego. More than anything else, he thanks his parents for having him.

JEONG SANG LYU, bass

Jeong Sang Lyu is a graduate of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach where he studied with Tim MacDougall and currently with Elisabeth Pehlivanian. A native of South Korea, Jeong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Church Music from Seoul Theological University (Bucheon, Korea) where he studied both voice (with Sock-Jo Choi and Do-Hyung Lee) and conducting (with Myun-ho Choi and Hoon-Chu Choi).

While living in Korea, Jeong was a member of the professional Asan City Choir. He has performed Verdi’s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Deutsch Requiem, Douglas Coombers’ Mass, and Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile. Currently, Jeong is Music Director of World Mission Church in Los Angeles where he is responsible for the choir music.

HEAR THEM SING and SING WITH THEM
at the MESSIAH SING-ALONG & PLAY-ALONG CONCERT
7:30 PM, FRIDAY DECEMBER 2, 2011 & 2:30 PM SUNDAY DECEMBER 4
NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTE AUDITORIUM in LA JOLLA
NOW MEET THE FIRSTS AMONG EQUALS…

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THE WINNERS

DEIRDRE LOBO-D’CUNHA, soprano and Grand Prize Winner

Born in India, Deirdre began her musical training under her mother, Celia Lobo, a well-known opera singer, theater director, and voice teacher in India. Deirdre holds a Bachelor of Music degree (University of Santo Tomas), a Master of Music degree (University of Colorado), and a Post-Graduate Diploma (Peabody Conservatory of Music).

She has studied with Marilyn Zschau, and Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and has coached with Kathryn Cathcart, Richard Boldrey, and Martin Isepp. She currently studies with Voltaire Verzosa, and coaches with Richard Harrell, and Peter Grunberg.

Deirdre has worked with conductors such as Francisco Feliciano (Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra), Francois Legrand (World Philharmonic), Shulamit Hoffmann (Viva la Musica), and David Ramadanoff (Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra), to name a few.

A versatile artist, Deirdre frequently performs as soloist in concert and in recital both internationally and in the US. She has been a soloist for the Messiah (Handel), The Creation (Haydn), Gloria (Vivaldi), Magnificat (Vivaldi), Christmas Cantata (J.S. Bach), Mass in G (Schubert), Seven Last Words of Christ (Dubois), Ceremony of Carols (Britten), Magnificat (Pergolesi), The Armed Men (Jenkins), Magnificat (J.S. Bach), Mass in C Major (Beethoven), and Requiem (Mozart), among others. In 1996, Deirdre was invited to sing in Sangat, an Indian International Music Festival held in Mumbai, sponsored by the Mehli Mehta Foundation and chaired by Zubin Mehta.

From 1997 to 2004, Deirdre took a sabbatical from active performance to raise her son Andre, now 14 years of age. A US citizen, Deirdre lives in Daly City, California with her husband Neville D’Cunha and their son.

Some of Deirdre’s 2011 Solo Engagements have included: Requiem (Mozart) in Prague, Czech Republic and in Dresden, Germany; and Gratia (D’Souza), a newly commissioned work by an Indian composer, in Mumbai, India.

An educator, Deirde teaches and coaches students in voice and piano. She has taught in the Philippines, India, and the US and frequently conducts Vocal Institutes such as those planned for June and July 2012 in Chennai, Pune, Goa, and Mumbai (India).

Deirdre is currently Choral Director and Principal Cantor at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

ERIN McADAMS, soprano solo

Erin McAdams is a graduate student at San Diego State University (SDSU) where she is working towards her MM in Vocal Performance. Erin graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Political Science. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer out of the Notre Dame ROTC program and served two tours of duty in Yokosuka, Japan and San Diego. Erin recently completed her four years of service in the Navy and is once again pursuing her love of music.

While at Notre Dame, Erin appeared as Helena in Opera Notre Dame’s production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and sang the role of novice in Suor Angelica. She was a winner of the Notre Dame concerto competition in 2007 and went on to sing Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate with the Notre Dame chamber orchestra. She also appeared as a soloist in concerts with the Notre Dame Chorale and the Notre Dame Collegium Musicum. Erin was selected to present a recital as part of the Bach’s Lunch concert series.

Erin will appear in San Diego State University Opera Theatre’s production of Magic Flute in February as Second Lady. She has studied with mezzo-soprano Mary MacKenzie and currently studies with baritone Lee Gregory at San Diego State.

ERIN McCAUGHIN, mezzo-soprano

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, mezzo-soprano Erin Kathleen McCaughin began her formal classical training while pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance under the instruction of Enrique Toral at San Diego State University where she was an active member of the SDSU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir. She continued her academic studies at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. At BYU, she studied under Dr. Lawrence Vincent and participated in Opera Workshop and Opera Scenes Performances, singing the role of Cenerentola in Act 1 of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and with the chorus in Act 1 of Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore (Act I) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Act II).

Erin also participated in BYU’s 2011 Young Artists of Voice Competition and sang in the university choirs, including the internationally recognized BYU Singers which afforded numerous performing opportunities, including performances with the King’s Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She also recorded back-up vocals for recording artist Dallyn Vail Bayles and participated in televised PBS broadcasts, including the choral and orchestral program, “The Pilgrim’s Journey Home.” In 2011, she performed with the BYU singers at the ACDA National Convention in Chicago and toured Colorado and Wyoming for two weeks.

Upon graduation from BYU, Erin relocated to San Diego to pursue her musical career. Equally at home with the jazz and musical theatre repertoire, she is currently building a private voice studio and pursuing new performing opportunities. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing , Erin continues her vocal studies with Enrique Toral. She will be singing with the Full Measure Carolers in their upcoming 2011 Holiday season.

ALEXIS ALFARO, tenor

Mexican-American tenor Alexis Alfaro has been praised for his eclectic singing style and the diversity of his repertoire, captivating audiences from New Zealand to Ireland, San Diego to New York, and Brazil to Mexico with his dynamic renditions of classical music, traditional Mexican folk songs, and contemporary jams. He has sung with several critically acclaimed a capella and contemporary groups including Serenity Now, S.N.E.Y.L, and the 89 Duo.

Trained in Southern California by world-renowned singers and conductors, Alexis honed his skills through his participation in the University of San Diego Choral Scholars Program and the San Diego State University Opera Program.

Alexis continues to grow as a musician/vocalist and finds joy in promoting music education through teaching and working for various music ensembles and arts organizations throughout San Diego. More than anything else, he thanks his parents for having him.

JEONG SANG LYU, bass

Jeong Sang Lyu is a graduate of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach where he studied with Tim MacDougall and currently with Elisabeth Pehlivanian. A native of South Korea, Jeong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Church Music from Seoul Theological University (Bucheon, Korea) where he studied both voice (with Sock-Jo Choi and Do-Hyung Lee) and conducting (with Myun-ho Choi and Hoon-Chu Choi).

While living in Korea, Jeong was a member of the professional Asan City Choir. He has performed Verdi’s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Deutsch Requiem, Douglas Coombers’ Mass, and Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile. Currently, Jeong is Music Director of World Mission Church in Los Angeles where he is responsible for the choir music.

HEAR THEM SING and SING WITH THEM
at the MESSIAH SING-ALONG & PLAY-ALONG CONCERT
7:30 PM, FRIDAY DECEMBER 2, 2011 & 2:30 PM SUNDAY DECEMBER 4
NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTE AUDITORIUM in LA JOLLA

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