Friday, February 5, 2016

Philadelphians win at the Met

Three of six winners in the Metropolitan Opera's 2013 National Council Auditions are students at Philadelphia schools.

Philadelphians win at the Met


Three of six winners in the Metropolitan Opera's 2013 National Council Auditions are students at Philadelphia schools.

Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel, 25, studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, and is set to graduate in May. Lyric coloratura Sydney Mancasola, 25, is a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, as is South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana (pictured).

On Monday at 7 p.m., the winners will perform a concert of operatic excerpts at WQXR with Met star and former National Council winner bass-baritone Eric Owens. You can watch and listen here.

Winners receive $15,000 each, and are given some important exposure. Among those whose talents were first spotted at the National Council Auditions are Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson. Nearly 1,500 singers tried out this year.

Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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