March 19, 2023

The 2023 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition on March 22 showcases MSM vocal talent

Six finalists have been announced for the 2023 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition.

The vocal competition for outstanding opera talent is taking place this Wednesday, March 22, at 3 PM in the Ades Performance Space.

(In photo above: Joan Taub Ades)

Held each March at MSM, the competition features graduating MSM Vocal Arts students who are completing their formal studies and plan to build their careers after graduation.

These students exhibit outstanding talent and strong potential for careers in opera.

The Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition is made possible by generous support from Joan Taub Ades and the late Alan M. Ades, longtime friends and benefactors of the School. Mrs. Taub Ades (HonDMA ’14) is a Trustee Emerita of MSM’s Board of Trustees.

Meet this year’s finalists:

  • Shan Hai (BM '20, MM '22, PS '23)

    Student of Marlena Malas
    Hometown: Beijing, China

  • Teddy Hao Lei (MM '23)

    Student of Dimitri Pittas
    Hometown: Linfen City, China

  • Alexandra Olsson Andersen (MM '23)

    Student of Mark Schnaible
    Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

  • Emelia Petersen (MM '23)

    Student of Mark Schnaible
    Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin

  • Benjamin Ruiz (MM '23)

    Student of Dimitri Pittas
    Hometown: Harlingen, Texas

  • Nan Wang (MM '22, PS '23)

    Student of Marlena Malas
    Hometown: Handan, China

2023 Final Round Judges

The distinguished judges for this year’s final competition being held on March 22 are Christopher Cano (PS ’03) Director of the Cafritz Young Artists Program and American Opera Initiative at Washington National Opera; Hei-Kyung Hong world renowned soprano; and Paul Hopper Associate Artistic Administrator at the Metropolitan Opera.

The 2022 winners from left to right: Rosario Armas Hernandez (BM '20, MM '22), 3rd Place; Joan Taub Ades; Jouelle Roberson (PS '22), 1st Place; and Jasmine Ismail (MM '21, PS '22), 2nd Place

On March 19, sixteen graduating singers sang in a preliminary round judged by a panel of opera industry professionals. Of those sixteen singers, seven moved on to the final round.

2023 preliminary judges included:

  • Collaborative pianist Joel Harder;
  • Soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer; and
  • Boris Ignatov, Casting Director for Staatsoper Stuttgart

Previous competition finalists (2018 to 2022)

  • Yerin Han, soprano (MM ’22)
  • Hanbyeol Min, soprano (MM ’22)
  • Katharine Burns* (MM ’20), soprano
  • Tiernan Chase* (MM ’20), soprano;
  • Shelén Hughes* (BM ’18, MM ’20), soprano
  • Christina Kushnick* (MM ’20), soprano
  • Eunsung Lee* (MM ’19, PS ’20), baritone
  • Jimin Park* (MM ’20), baritone
  • Laureano Quant* (MM ’20), baritone
  • Natalie Rumer* (MM ’20), mezzo-soprano
  • Hyeree Shin, soprano (MM ’18, PS ’19)
  • Kelly Singer, soprano (MM ’19)
  • Hannah Freisen, soprano (MM ’19)
  • SeokJong Baek, tenor (BM ’16, MM ’18)
  • Hongni Wu, mezzo-soprano (MM ’17, PS ’18)
  • Shaina Martinez, soprano (MM ’18)
  • Philippe L’Esperance, tenor (MM ’18)

*2020 Ades Vocal Competition finalists who were not able to compete due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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