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Opera San Miguel Concurso Returns March 5

By Shari Alexander

Variously described as American Idol for Mexican opera singers and the must-see event of the season, Concurso San Miguel returns for the fifth year under the artistic direction of John Bills, Saturday, March 5, 7:30pm, at Teatro Ángela Peralta.

Not sure show we refer to the Ángela Peralta in our English versions.  Teatro Ángela Peralta or Ángela Peralta Theater? CD
Concurso San Miguel 2016
Sat, Mar 5, 7:30pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Tickets now on sale at the box office
650/600/350/250 pesos

The annual concurso is the flagship event of Opera San Miguel and is widely seen as the most exciting and significant musical event of the year, a thrilling experience where 11 of the most talented young opera singers in Mexico compete for more than a quarter million pesos in career grants and performing opportunities. This year Maestro Bills considered more than 135 singers from nearly every state in Mexico. The singers selected for the final round are the crème de la crème of Mexico’s young opera singers, and the company promises an edge-of-your-seat night.

Leading up to the final round, the finalists spend an entire week in San Miguel participating in musical, dramatic, and language coaching; master classes; and career counseling, all conducted by a handpicked team of opera luminaries from around the world. All prize money awarded is raised privately in San Miguel de Allende, primarily through the generosity of individual donors, the Angels of Opera San Miguel, and prominent local businesses. This year’s international judging panel is made up of experts from the US, Canada, and Mexico.

“Since our first contest in 2008, Concurso San Miguel has grown from a small regional event to one of the most respected contests in all of Mexico,” says John Bills, “with a growing international reputation.” Winners of the concurso are now studying at some of the world’s most prestigious conservatories and performing in opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera. “One of our Angels pointed out to me this week that Opera San Miguel is the only NGO in San Miguel that benefits all of Mexico, not just our city. I’m very proud of the influence we now have in the nation at large and the demonstrable success we are having in promoting the careers of the best young singers in Mexico.” The company’s recent IN CONCERT! series provided ample proof of the enormous benefits of OSM’s mentorship process on the careers of young singers here. “We are in the opportunity business,” adds Bills, “and when you open doors for these terrific young singers, they fulfill their promise brilliantly!”

Bills says that this year’s group of finalists represents a new generation of singers since the contest began. “The majority of the singers competing this year are new to the Concurso and we can rightly claim them as our own discoveries. It’s going to be a thrilling and closely contested final round!”


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