Australian soprano wins Stuart Burrows International Voice Award
A young soprano from Australia has won the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award and the top prize of £4,000.
Suzanne Shakespeare impressed judges Gwyn Hughes Jones and Leah-Marian Jones at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Arts Festival competition last night which saw five other soloists reach the final for the coveted prize.
Winner of the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award Suzanne Shakespeare pictured with the Vice Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes and judges Gwyn Hughes Jones and Leah Marian Jones and other finalists.
A Royal College of Music (RCM) International Opera School London graduate, Suzanne also has a Master of Music Performance (University of Melbourne, Australia) and a Licentiate of Trinity College London (Distinction) in both Voice and Piano.
Her recent highlights include performing with Sir Thomas Allen in excerpts of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Krenek's Die Nachtigall for the RCM Chamber Concert Series, the role of Erato in Handel’s Terpsicore for the London Handel Festival, and performing a world premiere by Dimitri Scarlato in the RCM 'Rising Stars' Chamber Concerts Series at Cadogan Hall.
The other competitors to reach the final of the competition were Kezia Bienek, Justina Gringyte, Ilona Domnich, Mary-Jean O'Doherty and Catrin Aur.
The Stuart Burrows International Voice Award competition is now in its sixth year and in his adjudication Gwyn Hughes Jones commented on the excellent standard reached by all of the finalists.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes said:
“We congratulate the finalists for providing a tremendous competition. We also send our best wishes to Stuart Burrows who was unable to attend this year but I’m sure he would have been delighted with the standard of the competition."
“The Stuart Burrows International Voice Award grows from strength to strength and we are honoured that the world renowned tenor lends his name to the competition”.
Stuart Burrows, a former Trinity College student, is considered one of the World's Great Lyric Tenors. Born in Wales, his career has taken him to all the major Opera Houses of the world singing all the leading tenor roles. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York on twelve consecutive seasons - a record for any British singer and the distinction of being invited by the Met on four occasions to join them on tour of the USA.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is central to the development of opportunities within the arts and culture in Wales and will officially launch its new Wales International Academy of Voice under the directorship of its founder, Welsh tenor Dennis O'Neill CBE, this Saturday, in the company of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
The Academy will provide advanced voice coaching to young professional opera singers from all over the world in the early stages of their careers.
The MA Advance Vocal Studies course involves instruction via individual coaching and master classes and all vocal recitals by the Academy's students and will be open to the public.
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