Mezzo Faith Sherman Wins $10,000 First Prize in Houston Grand Opera's McCollum Competition

Classic Arts News   Mezzo Faith Sherman Wins $10,000 First Prize in Houston Grand Opera's McCollum Competition
 
Faith Sherman, a 25-year-old mezzo currently enrolled at the Juilliard Opera Center, has taken the top prize in the "Concert of Arias," the finals of Houston Grand Opera's annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. She receives $10,000 in award money.

The Concert of Arias, hosted by mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, was held last Thursday (February 8) in the Cullen Theater in Houston's Wortham Theater Center. Serving as jurors were von Stade, HGO general director Anthony Freud and mezzo Joyce DiDonato, who just finished starring in the company's production of Rossini's La Cenerentola.

Taking both the $5,000 second prize and the $1,000 Audience Choice Award was James J. McKee, a 24-year-old baritone currently studying at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Jamie Barton, 25 years old and a student at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, won the $3,000 third prize. Each of the remaining five finalists took home $1,000.

Among previous winners of the McCollum Competition are sopranos Mary Dunleavy and Ana Mar‹a Mart‹nez and mezzo Margaret Lattimore.


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