About Rochester’s Classical Idol ™ 10
Rochester again plays host to the world’s finest emerging vocalists in the classical field in the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Classical Idol Vocal Competition, April 8-9, 2016. Widely recognized as an essential career step for vocalists pursuing professional performance at the top levels, Classical Idol provides the opportunity for young artists to compete before a live audience and receive real-time commentary from established authorities in the field.
Selected from national and international applications, twenty vocalists come to Rochester for the semi-final round of the competition, to be held at the Rochester Lyric Theatre on April 8, 2016. Panelists choose ten contestants to advance to the final round, presented before a live audience on April 9, 2016, 7:00 P.M. at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue. In the final round, judges offer helpful commentary on the performances. Cash awards and concert appearances go to the top performers. Listeners vote for the Audience Favorite cash award.
“It is such an honor to receive first place and the Audience Favorite award at the Classical Idol competition. It was such a marvelous group of singers and was a really wonderful experience,” remarked baritone Jonathan Beyer, who returned last year as a panelist for Classical Idol, offering advice to upcoming artists from one whose career was launched in Rochester. Beyer’s burgeoning international career now includes performances in the Orient and with the Metropolitan Opera, among numerous prestigious assignments.
Distinguished panelists for 2016 include Constance Fee, a widely experienced international performing artist and Associate Professor of Voice at Roberts Wesleyan College. Brenda Tremblay, Morning Drive Host/Producer for Classical 91.5 FM, emcees the event.
Rochester Oratorio Society Artistic Director Eric Townell serves as Lead Judge. “The growth of Classical Idol has simply amazed us all,” he remarks. “In the first year, contestants came with guitars and sang (some really good!) praise music. Now, the competition attracts attention from the Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass, Tri-Cities Opera, and other national and regional companies, because the quality of the contestants has been so high. It is no exaggeration to say that major careers have been made at Classical Idol, and that the guidance artists receive in the final round has been formative and critical to their success. Many local and national organizations now recruit our winners. Contestants have been hired from the semi-final round for engagements with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, for instance.”
The proceeds from Classical Idol allow the Oratorio Society to promote the event and the careers of its laureates more widely and to recruit judges of the first rank. The funds also build ROS programs for developing new talent locally, the benefits of which may be seen in performances of regional professional ensembles and in the ROS itself, which celebrates 70 years of concerts in 2015-16.
Rochester’s Classical Idol is one highlight of the season of the Rochester Oratorio Society, the region’s leading large choral ensemble. Information on the ROS and on Classical Idol is at ROSsings.org. Tickets to the final round ($75) are available here. For more information, contact the Rochester Oratorio Society at (585)473-2234 or e-mail info@ROSsings.org.
- is in its tenth year
- supports emerging vocal talent
- offers cash prizes and a solo performance with ROS and an engagement with Rochester Lyric Opera
- attracts talent from across the country and the world
- is a fund-raising event for the ROS
- the audience selects a favorite
- judges from the professional world offer constructive feedback as an aid to career development
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