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Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition

Event Details
  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Time:
    8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Event Description

17th Annual Competition Adjudicator
Catherine Malfitano, singer, actress, director, and teacher, was born in New York City to a dancer/actress mother and violinist father. She has sung an eclectic, wide-ranging, and glamorous repertoire of over 80 lead-ing roles, encompassing the entirety of operatic history from the 17th to the 21st century. Her more than 1400 performances have been seen and heard at all the major opera houses of the world, and on television. She has worked with all the most prestigious conductors and directors, and has performed in 12 world premieres of notable American Operas. Her por-trayal of Tosca, broadcast live from the actual Roman settings and the actu-al times of the opera, was seen by more than one billion television viewers worldwide in 1992, and garnered her the prestigious Emmy Award.

In the summer of 2005, Catherine Malfitano added another facet to her artistic profile, with her debut as a stage director at Central City Opera (where she originally made her debut as a singer in 1972). Since then she has also directed new productions for La Monnaie in Brussels, Florida Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco’s Merola Pro-gram, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, and The English National Opera in London.
Since 1998 Ms. Malfitano has been teaching privately and giving Master-classes world wide, as well as her own special course entitled “Revealing the ActorSinger Within,” while still in the midst of her singing and direct-ing career. She joined the Voice Faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in the Fall of 2008, teaching both acting and singing, as well as directing opera and musical theater. Ms. Malfitano is married to Stephen Jon Holowid since 40 years and they have one daughter.

Friends of Eastman Opera sponsors their annual FEO Vocal Competition in which a number of Eastman’s very best singers, selected by their teachers, compete for significant cash awards. It provides an opportunity for these singers to perform for a nationally or internationally recognized conductor, stage director, or impresario serving as adjudicator who give them valuable feedback. Recent judges have represented the opera companies of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Des Moines, Chautauqua, Chicago Lyric Opera, Florentine Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Berlin, Bayreuth, and the Opera Orchestra of New York. The finalists who perform in this event are selected by the members of the Voice and Opera Faculty at a preliminary audition.

The Voice and Opera Department of the Eastman School of Music cherishes its relationship with an organization known as the Friends of Eastman Opera, which is unique in academic opera programs. For more than a decade, this large group of vibrant opera lovers has lent its support to Eastman Opera Theatre in a variety of ways. It has provided the funds with which the program purchased both the super title projector, used for many productions, a state-of-the-art DVD recorder used for staged productions and made available to Eastman singers for the recording of audition DVDs. FEO is a very visible presence at all of our events and, as our most passionate “fan club,” spreads the word throughout the Rochester community about opera in general and Eastman Opera Theatre in particular. FEO’s commitment to the nurturing of young singers has made a real difference in the quality of our program.

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This event is free and open to the public.

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