Frost Opera Theater Workshop Advances to Finals of National Opera Association Competition

December 23, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — The Frost Opera Theater Workshop has advanced to the finals of the National Opera Association’s Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition to be held at their annual convention in New York City in January 2014. The Frost School of Music Vocal Department submitted several scenes from last spring's Undergraduate Opera Scenes performance and was notified this fall of their advancement to the finals.

Frost will send two undergraduate singers, Alissa Roca, soprano, and Eric McConnell, bass; pianist and program director of the Frost Opera Theater, Alan Johnson; and stage director, Tony Boutte to New York City in January to compete. Roca and McConnell will be singing Adina and Dulcamara, respectively, performing the duet “Quanto amore!” from Act II of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Both singers will be featured in leading roles in Frost Opera Theater’s upcoming spring 2014 production of Jackie O, by composer Michael Daugherty and librettist Wayne Koestenbaum, with Roca singing Jackie O and McConnell singing Aristotle Onassis.

The National Opera Association (NOA) holds an annual convention featuring performances, panels, workshops, and other continuing-education opportunities for opera educators, professionals, and students. NOA sponsors numerous competitions on an annual or biannual basis, with categories including opera production, collegiate opera scenes, chamber opera composition, scholarly paper and dissertation, and the Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition.

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McConnell & Roca in 2013 premiere of Entanglements, by Charles Norman Mason