Around 9:30 am, Saturday morning, May 31st, singers began to arrive and warm up for their stage audition time…

Soprano, Courtney Ruckman & Mezzo, Farah Padamsee with good fan and colleague, Rameen Chaharbaghi!

Soprano, Nereida Garcia

       Mezzo, Mary Beth Nelson & Baritone, Eric McKeever

(Well representing the lower voice ranges…)
Our judges listened to a total of 30 artists sing a collective sixty arias in one day!

From the left, Peter Randsman, Kelli Estes and Dr. Héctor Agüero

Countertenor, Travis Pratt accompanied by Dr. Janice Fehlauer

Soprano, Marcy McKee

Mezzo, Ashley Duplechien and Monica Dewey, Soprano

Mary Beth Nelson, Mezzo-soprano

Tenor, Galeano Salas

Soprano, Shelley Mihm

Baritone, Eric McKeever Accompanied by Dr. Stephen Dubberly

Augustine “Gus” Mercante, Countertenor accompanied by Dr. Stephen Dubberly

After the long day and long wait, our judges revealed the names of the nine finalists!

Many friends and colleagues came together to meet our singers and hear samples of their voices…

Our 1st Competition Winner, Dalma Boronkai Rodriguez, Soprano

Waiting to get started…

A “Puccini” tenor to watch for!  Shekinah Anderson

Master of Ceremonies, Richard Kummins, ready to begin!

Annamarie Zmolek, Soprano

Soprano, Monica Dewey

Galeano Salas, Tenor

Soprano, Robyn Marie Lamp

Augustine Mercante, Countertenor

Soprano, Natalie Cummings

Mezzo-soprano, Mary Beth Nelson

Elena Galvan, Soprano

Amanda Kingston, Soprano

After all of our finalists sang two arias for our audience, after which  everyone gathered in the lobby for a brief intermission and the judges moved to a private room where they compared notes and worked towards a unanimous conclusion.

Judges: Kelli Estes, Dr. Héctor Agüero and Peter Randsman

It is never an easy task for our judges to come together to determine the three best singers of the day but they rose to the occasion yet complimented all of our fine and dedicated singers for their lives filled with study, turns and twists  and most especially their commitment to opera.   Our four audience choices were announced first and then our three winners followed.

Mary Beth Nelson, Galeano Salas & Amanda Kingston

Richard Kummins, Annamarie Zmolek, Amanda Kingston & Mary Beth Nelson

Annamarie Zmolek, Amanda Kingston & Mary Beth Nelson

Friends and colleagues reconnected and catching up!

Alejandro Magallón, Dr. Héctor Agüero & Dr. Stephen Dubberly

Dr. Héctor Agüero, Kelli Estes & Peter Randsman

Dr. Janice Fehlauer and her lovely daughter, Camila!

Mrs. Marie Milner

Dr. Stephen Dubberly, Robert E. Cardwell & Josef Curtis

Countertenor, Augustine Mercante

Perry Davis & Monica McNeill

Tenor, Galeano Salas

Happy Anniversary! Elizabeth King & husband, Dr. Stephen Dubberly