Congratulations to our winners in two of the four “Classical” categories.
“Emily D’Angelo, winner of the 2016 Met Auditions at the incredibly young age of 21, is currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program there. Tonight, she virtually cleaned up by winning four prizes – First Prize, Birgit Nilsson Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and the Rolex Audience Prize. For the finals, she sang “Dopo notte” from Handel’s Ariodante with stunning fioritura. She also sang a brilliantly idiomatic zarzuela. Fellow mezzo Rihab Chaieb was the Third Prize Winner, combining rich vocalism with alluring stage presence in “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila. “
From Joseph So’s report from Lisbon on the latest success of the winner of the WMCT 2016 Centennial Scholarship. Read the full report.
Emily D’Angelo, 2016 WMCT Scholarship recipient, currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Development program, is one of this year’s winners of the George London Foundation Awards. Read the complete story, written by Sara Schabas, 2012 WMCT Scholarship recipient, in LudwigVan/Toronto.
TSM this year is a parade of WMCT Scholarship and Award winners, including David Braid, Jane Coop, James Ehnes, and Angela Park. Leading the parade is Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano, 2015-2016 Centennial Scholar, featured on August 4 in both the “Last Night of the Festival, Eh!” at 7 pm, and in the TSM Late Night Encore at 10.30.
Three recent WMCT award winners received “spectacular” praise following performances in Generation Next concert at Koerner Hall Thursday Nov. 10.
Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the $20,000 Career Development Award in May 2015; cellist Stéphane Tétreault, second prize winner of $10,000 in the same competition and mezzo soprano Emily D’Angelo who won the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Centennial Scholarship in 2015-16 are praised as “exceptional young Canadians on the verge of major international careers” by Joseph So in Musical Toronto.
WMCT award winners in Generation Next concert
Three young artists – all WMCT award winners in 2015 – will perform in Generation Next a special concert part of the International Association of Arts Managers Conference to be held in Toronto in November. Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin won the WMCT’s $20,000 Career Development Award competition in April 2015 and cellist Stéphane Tétreault won the $10,000 silver prize. Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo was awarded the $10,000 WMCT Centennial Scholarship.
The three are among five talented young Canadian musicians who will perform in Generation Next on Novemeber 10, 2016. The Royal Conservatory hosts the conference’s opening day and will present the Koerner Hall concert in the evening.
Charles Richard-Hamelin last year continued his success winning the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was the first time any Canadian had made it to the finals. Also in the Generation Next concert is Torontonian pianist Tony Yike Yang, who at 16 became the youngest prize winner in the history of the Chopin competition with his fifth-place finish. Pianist Alexander Seredenko recipient of the prestigious Ihnatowycz Piano Prize at The Royal Conservatory completes the list of young talent in the Generation Next concert.
Charles Richard-Hamelin‘s Career Development Award prize includes a concert in the Music in the Afternoon series and he will perform in Walter Hall on May 4, 2017.
Mezzo soprano Emily D’Angelo, who won the WMCT Centennial Scholarship last year has earned another top prize. She won The Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions in New York on Sunday along with four other singers, chosen from a group of nine. Emily is completing a degree in vocal performance at U of T.
Emily D’Angelo, winner of the WMCT Centennial Scholarship last year has reached the semi-finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition held in New York March 6.
You can hear Emily in Walter Hall March 31 from 12 to 1 pm. As winner of the University of Toronto Norcop Prize in Song, Emily and Sonya Sim, winner of the Gwendolyn Williams Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying, will perform in U of T’s complimentary Thursday Noon Recital Series.
Each year young singers from across Canada – preselected in auditions – are invited to compete in the Centre Stage finals for a spot in the COC Ensemble the following season. Mezzo soprano Emily D’Angelo, this years’ recipient of the WMCT’s $10,000 Centennial Scholarship, won both First Prize ($5,000) and the Audience Choice award ($1500) in the competition held at the Four Seasons Centre Tuesday, Nov. 3. Despite having to appear on crutches – she has a broken bone in her foot – Emily dazzled us all with her performance.
The second and third prizes went to BC mezzo Lauren Eberwein and Quebec baritone Bruno Ray.
WMCT scholarship winners usually perform at our Annual General Meeting, but Emily was unable to do so this year as she was in New York to perform in the Gerda Lissner Lied/Art Song competition, where she won an “Encouragement” grant, and also to appear in the Mary Trueman Art Song Competition, where she was selected as a finalist – and will return to New York for the final in mid-March. While in New York, she also auditioned, and was accepted, for the Gerdine Young Artists Program offered by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, which provides an opportunity for young singers to sing in the chorus, occasionally understudy and also enjoy extensive coaching and master classes. In addition to all this, Emily has also been awarded the Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize for singers at the Faculty of Music, and will give a recital in Walter Hall on March 31, 2016, from 12 to 1 pm. A rising star indeed!
~ Susan Johnston, WMCT Archivist