Opera Contest Winners in Concert Tomorrow
By Shari Alexander
Overheard at Teatro Ángela Peralta last week: “Concurso San Miguel just gets better and better every year! How do they keep finding these great young singers?”
Concurso San Miguel 2016
A Benefit for the Opera San Miguel Scholarship Fund
Sat, Mar 19, 2pm
Miguel Malo Auditorium Bellas Artes
Remaining tickets at La Conexión, Aldama 3, and at the door
Indeed, the consensus at the theater and after-party was that this was the finest group of contestants ever to sing in the nationally renowned contest sponsored by Opera San Miguel. Anyone who was unable to get a ticket for the sold-out event will have a second chance tomorrow afternoon to hear the most exciting young singers in Mexico in a celebratory Winners Concert at 2pm at the Bellas Artes.
“A Winners Concert is something I have wanted to present ever since I became artistic director five years ago,” says John Bills, “and the right moment has finally arrived!” Concert-goers will be able to hear the top four prize winners, plus three other outstanding finalists, in a varied concert of arias, duets, and ensembles by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Massenet, Bizet, Verdi, Leoncavallo, and Puccini.
The singers will be Ligia Cedillo, mezzo-soprano, 1st Prize Winner; Armando Piña, baritone, 2nd Prize Winner; soprano Graciela Moráles, 3rd Prize Winner; and baritone Daniel Gallegos, 4th Prize Winner. They will be joined by three additional prize winners, soprano Jéssika Arévalo, tenor Héctor Valle, and bass Salvador Ramos. Opera San Miguel’s resident pianist and coach, Mario Alberto Hernández, will be at the piano.
Concurso San Miguel 2016 presented more career grants and performing opportunities than ever before in its eight year history. More than 300,000 pesos were distributed among the 11 finalists, in addition to performing opportunities in our neighboring city of Celaya, and in Montréal, Canada, and Marmandes, France. Each finalist was a prize winner, thanks to the generosity of OSM’s major donors, the Angels of the Opera, and several won multiple prizes. Ligia Cedillo, who took home the first prize of 75,000 pesos, was also the Rosewood San Miguel Audience Favorite, receiving an additional 10,000 pesos to be used for career advancement.
“I am so happy that our audience will discover that our singers are not just wonderful soloists, but generous and talented collaborators as well,” says Bills. “Tomorrow’s concert is the first of what I hope will be an annual event to celebrate the depth of operatic talent in Mexico.”