Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice


Opera Ithaca announces the first annual Edward M. Murray Competition of Voice to recognize outstanding emerging singers in the operatic field as well as pay homage to the lifetime achievement of the late Maestro Edward M. Murray who served twenty-five years as the director of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and over twenty years as the music director of the former Ithaca Opera Association. Finals will be held in Ithaca on March 19th when twenty singers selected from seventy-five applicants from all over the world will compete. 


Prizes

Prizes will include contracts with Opera Ithaca in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons. Opera Ithaca has over $20,000 in contracts to award including roles in La Boheme, Carmen, Pagliacci, Pirates of Penzance, Hamlet, Song from the Uproar, A Little Night Music and more!


Eligibility

-Open to Singers aged 20-40

-Not open to singers who have sung a principal role with Opera Ithaca




Repertoire Requirements 


-Italian Opera Aria

-German Opera Aria

-French Opera Aria

-English Opera Aria

-Contemporary Opera Aria

-Optional Musical Theatre Selection


Please note there may be overlap in these categories. Your contemporary piece may be of any language. You may have a minimum of four selections and a maximum of six. A pianist will be provided for Finals. 


Judges for Finals March 19th

Judges include Tri Cities Opera General and Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker, D.C. Public Opera Founding Artistic Director Jennifer Williams and Rochester Lyric Opera Managing Director Susan Delly Cotroneo in addition to Opera Ithaca Artistic Director and General Director, Lynn Craver and Zachary James. 

Lodging in Ithaca for Finals March 19th


There are some great lodging finds in the area whether you are looking for a bed and breakfast, AirBnB or a hotel. We suggest searching VisitIthaca.com, AirBnB.com or VRBO.com in addition to larger search engines like Kayak.com and Priceline.com to find something exactly right for you. 

2017 MURRAY COMPETITION FINALISTS

Derrell Acon BASS
SeungHyeon Baek BARITONE
Nayoung Ban SOPRANO
James Chamberlain TENOR
Kara Cornell MEZZO 
Juliana Curcio MEZZO
Leah de Gruyl MEZZO
Julia Ebner SOPRANO
Courtney Elvira MEZZO
Virginia Hesse SOPRANO
Mark Hosseini BARITONE
Ann-Marie Iacoviello SOPRANO
Christine Lyons SOPRANO
Héctor Manuel Mir TENOR 
Albert Niedel BARITONE
Jordan Schreiner TENOR 
Jake Stamatis BARITONE

Cherisse Williams SOPRANO
Amanda Zory SOPRANO



The Winners of the 2017 Edward M. Murray

International Competition of Voice are:

1st Place:


Jordan Schreiner TENOR
Owego, New York

Tied for 2nd Place:

Leah de Gruyl MEZZO SOPRANO 
Sutton, West Virginia 

Jake Stamatis BARITONE
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mention:


Courtney Elvira MEZZO SOPRANO
St. Petersburg, Florida

Derrell Acon BASS BARITONE
St. Louis, Missouri 

Virginia Hesse SOPRANO
Houston, Texas 

Congratulations to all the finalists on their exemplary performances!!



 


Travel to Ithaca for Finals March 19th


Driving from NYC takes approximately four hours. There are several bus lines that service Ithaca including Coach USA, Greyhound, Red Bullet and Cornell University's private bus service. Ithaca Airport is the closest airport followed by Elmira Corning Airport, Syracuse Airport and Rochester Airport. 

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