Updates from our Laureates
2015 Idol LAURA STRICKLING and pianist Tom Sauer perform James Matheson’s landmark song cycle Times Alone on a recording from Yarlung Records that also features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Color Field Quartet.
“Strickling’s shapely, nuanced voicings and emotional urgency in the first three songs has a striking directness. Thomas Sauer achieves some luminous sonorities in the final pair, blending admirably with Strickling’s deeply personal utterances.” — Stephen Greenbank, MusicWeb International
2011 Idol KATHRYN LEWEK recently performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to glowing reviews. Her 2016 engagements included the role of Queen of the Night at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera and return to Deutsche Oper Berlin as Konstanze in Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio.”
Classical Idol™ Winners
The competition attracts more talent each year. Many have gone on to perform at the highest level worldwide, including appearances at the Metropolitan Opera and companies in Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Pittsburgh, and across Europe. Web sites are included below and we encourage you to visit and see some of their accomplishments.