Atalla Ayan Named ‘Emerging Star of the Year’ at San Francisco Opera

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The tenor was voted the winner of the 2018 Emerging Star Competition.
Atalla Ayan
Atalla Ayan

Tenor Atalla Ayan has won the 2018 Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Emerging Stars Competition at the San Francisco Opera.

The Brazilian-born Ayan, who made his company debut in this past season’s La Traviata, won the popular vote of the online competition and receives a $10,000 prize.

“It was on the stage of the San Francisco Opera House that I had one of the happiest moments of my career so far,” Ayan said in a statement. “A special thanks to Maria Manetti Shrem and Jan Shrem for their wonderful support of the initiative and for those all who believed in me and in my talent. I appreciate this award as a beautiful incentive for my development as an artist and for my career with hopefully many years yet to come.”

The other nominees were soprano Aurelia Florian (La Traviata); soprano Ellie Dehn and baritone David Pershall (Manon); sopranos Hye Jung Lee and Julia Bullock, mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, tenor Paul Appleby, baritones Ryan McKinny and Elliot Madore and bass-baritone Davóne Tines (Girls of the Golden West); bass Soloman Howard (Turandot); and mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller (Der Ring des Nibelungen).

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