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CCM Alumnus Stuart Skelton Named Male Singer of the Year at 2014 International Opera Awards

CCM alumnus Stuart Skelton. Photo by John Wright.

CCM alumnus Stuart Skelton. Photo by John Wright.

We are thrilled to report that CCM-trained tenor Stuart Skelton has been named male singer of the year at the 2014 International Opera Awards!You can view the full list of this year’s award recipients here.

As previously reported, both Skelton and alumna Joélle Harvey were announced as finalists this year.

The mission of the International Opera Awards is to promote excellence in international opera and provide funding for the operatic community through the Opera Awards Foundation. You can learn more about the awards by visiting www.operaawards.org.

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CCM Opera Chair Robin Guarino Discusses Latest Projects with the ‘New York Times’

Ryan Howell, a 2013 graduate of CCM's Set Design program, in character in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court for Gotham Chamber Opera's new production of Monteverdi's 'Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.' Photography courtesy of Robin Guarino.

Ryan Howell, a 2013 graduate of CCM’s Set Design program, in character in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court for Gotham Chamber Opera’s new production of Monteverdi’s ‘Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.’ Photography courtesy of Robin Guarino.

The New York Times recently featured Gotham Chamber Opera‘s bold new double-bill production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You, which is being staged at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this week (Feb. 26 and 27).

Robin Guarino, CCM’s J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera, directs both works and discusses the unique experience of staging operas in an art museum in the New York Times piece, which you can read online here.

Guarino’s cast for this highly anticipated double-bill production includes three CCM alumni: Craig Verm (MM, ’04), Sarah Tucker (MM, ’11) and Ryan Howell (MFA, ’13). You can learn more about this production by visiting www.gothamchamberopera.org.

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CCM Alumni Stuart Skelton and Joélle Harvey Named 2014 International Opera Award Finalists

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We are delighted to report that CCM alumni Stuart Skelton (MM ’95) and Joélle Harvey (BM ’07, MM ’09) have been named 2014 International Opera Award finalists!

Skelton, a tenor, is a finalist in the Male Singer category, while Harvey, a soprano, is a finalist in the Young Singer category! Congratulations to you both! You can view a full list of finalists here.

The mission of the International Opera Awards is to promote excellence in international opera and provide funding for the operatic community through the Opera Awards Foundation. After the success of the inaugural awards last year, the International Opera Awards return in 2014 and will be held on Monday, April 7, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London. You can learn more about the awards by visiting www.operaawards.org.

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Recently Graduated Voice Student Will Travel to Italy Thanks to Fulbright Award

Recent CCM graduate and Fulbright scholar Derrell Acon. Photography by Dottie Stover.

Recent CCM graduate and Fulbright scholar Derrell Acon. Photography by Dottie Stover.

The University of Cincinnati’s Derrell Acon just graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music with a master’s degree and plans to return in 2014 to pursue his doctorate. But in between, Acon will be leaving for Italy this August to pursue both performance opportunities and research thanks to his Fulbright award.

Acon plans to “explore the relationship between the performer and  audience.”

“I will engage in research at the National Institute of Verdian Studies in Parma,” he said. “As well as present my own lecture-recital composition entitled ‘Whence Comes Black Art?: The Construction and Application of ‘Black Motivation,’ which has been presented throughout the United States.”

Acon’s passion for performing began early on, and continued through high school where he was a participant in both solo and ensemble festivals. He was often required to translate, interpret and memorize non-English pieces. That experience might be tedious to some, but he recalls it providing him with “so much joy.”

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‘Examiner’ Interviews CCM Alumna Joélle Harvey

CCM Alumna Joélle Harvey.

CCM Alumna Joélle Harvey.

The Examiner‘s Elijah Ho interviews soprano Joélle Harvey (BM ’07, MM ’09) in anticipation of the CCM alumna’s performance of Handel’s Messiah with choral director Ragnar Bohlin and the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus Dec. 13 – 15.

A native of Bolivar, New York, Harvey is the recipient of a 2011 First Prize Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, a 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and a 2010 Encouragement Award (in honor of Norma Newton) from the George London Foundation.

While at CCM, Harvey performed the roles of Amor in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Emmie and Flora in, respectively, Britten’s Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw, Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, and Nannetta in Falstaff. She continues to study with CCM Professor of Voice Karen Lykes.

You can read the full interview here.

Learn more about Harvey’s upcoming performance of Handel’s Messiah here.

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