Quest for the Best is March 24, 2018!
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Don’t miss the fifteenth edition of our great vocal competition, and the wine and hors d’oeuvres reception following. Southern Arizona’s best vocal students will vie for $8,000 in cash prizes, and you, the audience, are the judges.
If you missed our 14th annual Quest for the Best vocal competition, now for the first time you can see, hear, and download all the graduate and undergraduate arias. If you prefer, you can hear and download all the graduate and undergraduate arias in uncompressed WAV audio format. You can also see the list of winners and amounts of the awards.
On March 11, 2017, the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona handed out checks totaling $11,050 to 17 student singers from the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. We had committed to award $10,000, but raised more, which was lucky, because the votes for first place among undergraduates and third place for graduates were too close to call. When that happens, we dig into our pockets and award the higher prize to both contenders.
Thanks to Judi Hasbrouck and her committee for a wonderful afternoon of singing and refreshments, and to our Board, membership and friends for supporting our efforts to help these young singers further their careers. Thanks also to Joseph Specter, President of Arizona Opera, for the generous donation of four orchestra seats to Rossini’s Cinderella which were raffled off at Quest.
Graduate winners from left: Ariana Iniguez, Michelle Perrier, Mark Hockenberry, Kristen Lucas
Undergraduate winners, from left: Antonio Cruz, Taylor Trolia-Giron, Clare Demer, Joseph Gouge
Graduate HD Videos
Ariana Iniguez, soprano: Carceleras, from Las hijas del Zebedeo, by Ruperto Chapí (1851–1909).
This lyric love song (romanza) has been a favorite of sopranos and mezzos, both Spanish and foreign.
Samantha Hornback, soprano : O luce di quest’anima, from Linda di Chamounix, by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848).
Linda sings of her love for Carlo, the “light of her soul.”
Piper Pack-Smith, mezzo-soprano : Re dell’abisso, affrettati, from Un ballo in maschera, by Giuseppi Verdi (1813–1901).
The fortune-teller Ulrica calls upon the King of the Abyss to give her the power to see the future.
Michelle Perrier, soprano: Guilleaume Walzer, from Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann, by Franz von Suppé (1819–1895).
Jamey Wright, soprano : Ach, ich fühl’s, from Die Zauberflöte, by W. A. Mozart (1756–1791).
Pamina fears that the absent Tamino does not love her.
(tie) Mark Hockenberry, baritone: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre, from Carmen, by Georges Bizet (1838–1875).
In the famous Toreador Song, Escamillo conveys the excitement of the bull ring and the reward—love!
(tie) Kristen Lucas, soprano: Glitter and Be Gay, from Candide, by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).
Cunegonde is surviving as a courtesan. She assuages her guilt and shame by reveling in her luxurious lifestyle.
Abigail Hart, soprano : Ah! Je veux vivre, from Roméo et Juliette, by Charles Gounod (1818–1893).
When others speak of marriage, Juliet sings that she prefers to live inside her dream, in eternal spring.
Soleil Oliva, soprano: Klänge der Heimat, from Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss II (1825–1899).
Rosalinda, disguised as a Hungarian countess, sings a rousing csárdás to prove her nationality.