US Debut for Opera San Miguel
By Shari Alexander
This Sunday the tony American resort town of Southampton, NY, will be set to witness the exciting American debut of Opera San Miguel. OSM will present a unique operatic experience that will fascinate aficionados and beginners alike. In “Master Class LIVE!” international opera star Maureen O’Flynn will lead a quartet of singers in an in-depth exploration of four of the most beloved arias in opera, culminating in perhaps the greatest operatic ensemble ever written, the immortal quartet from Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. Proceeds will go entirely to OSM’s scholarship fund.
This debut represents one more example of Opera San Miguel’s impressive reputation for helping young Mexican singers move up the career ladder, whether by going on to Plácido Domingo’s training program in Valencia, Spain, or with full scholarships to the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and the Manhattan School of Music, or through international debuts in Montreal, Amsterdam, Moscow, and China, or with principal artist debuts at the Los Angeles Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and this summer’s Salzburg Festival!
The young singers performing Sunday are four of the most exciting recent discoveries of OSM’s annual national contest, Concurso San Miguel. Soprano Graciela Morales won third prize at Concurso San Miguel 2016 as well as the Edgar Mason Kneedler Award for “Outstanding Interpretation and Style.” Since her win in San Miguel, Morales went on to take first prize at the International Voice Competition in Sinaloa. Jacinta Barbachano first came to Concurso San Miguel as a “special invitee” in 2013. That same year she won first prize in the Franciso Araiza Voice Competition. In 2014 Barbachano was named “Best Young Talent” at the Accademia Belcanto International Singing Competition in Graz, Austria. In Concurso San Miguel 2015, she won the Therese Ann McCarthy Youthful Potential Prize and became an Opera San Miguel concert artist.
Tenor César Delgado’s career has skyrocketed since winning first prize at Concurso San Miguel 2015. He was recently honored as one of only two singers chosen to participate in the Placido Domingo Master Class at Lincoln Center. Delgado won the top prize at Career Bridges, the Opera Index Emerging Artist Award, the Encouragement Award at the Giulio Gari Foundation Contest, and third prize in the Gerda Lissner competition in 2016. He performed the title role of Il Postino in the New York premiere of the work, was a resident artist at the Ryan Opera Center of the Chicago Lyric Opera and graduated with a professional artist diploma from Mannes College of Music, where he had been granted the President’s Full Scholarship. Recently, César joined the roster of Ken Benson Artists in New York and earlier this month César celebrated his debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Festival.
Jorge Ruvalcaba is one of the rising young lyric baritones of Mexico. At Concurso 2015 he won the prize for “Outstanding Interpretation and Style.” In 2016 he followed with an important prize at the International Singing Competition in Sinaloa. “I know we will be hearing lots more from Jorge and all of these exciting young singers,” says OSM Artistic Director John Bills. “We are delighted to bring these ‘Opera Ambassadors of Mexico’ to the United States to demonstrate the breadth of talent here. I hope this will be just the first of many such cultural missions.”
Opera San Miguel, A.C. exists solely to discover and nurture the careers of the most promising of Mexico’s young opera singers. OSM is not affiliated with the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto or Pro Música Opera. For further information, or to join our charitable efforts, please visit operasanmiguel.org or email SAlexander@operasanmiguel.org.