LANZA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION awards - 25 may 2019
adjudicator this year was the famous Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans, and
pianist Jonathan French. We were treated to an afternoon of
diverse opera repertoire, sung in a variety of languages including
English, French, Italian and German. The singers each perfomred
two contrasting arias by a range of composers from Handel and Mozart to
Stravinsky and Britten.
The singers were considered on their
overall performances of their chosen repertoire and ability to
communicate with their audience, which included giving a short
introduction to the pieces they were about to sing. We were given
a special treat when one of the participants, tenor Andrew Rawlings,
sung two arias familiar to all Mario fans: Cilea's E la solita storia
del pastore' from L'arlesiana, and 'You Are My Heart's Delight' from
'Land of Smiles' by Lehar.
Third prize was awarded to young soprano Madeline Robinson.
Second prize was awarded to soprano Holly Teague
First prize was awarded to tenor Jack Dolan.
Left to right: Jack Dolan, Holly Teague, Derek Wheldon MLEF Chairman, Madeline Robinson