VOICExperience (VE) announces that soprano Sydney Fabregas is the grand prize winner of the 16th Annual Opera Idol Competition sponsored by the Tom Lysaught Scholarship Fund. Opera Idol is a competition where young singers from across the country are invited to compete for a full scholarship to attend and study at Milnes VOICE Studio. This summer, the Milnes VOICE Studio will be held at Iowa State University.
Fabregas is an emerging American soprano pursuing a career in classical performance. Her recent achievements include opera and musical theater roles such as Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart, The Princess in L’enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel, The Fairy in Cendrillon by Viardot and Louise in Gypsy by Sondheim. This year, she plans to perform more, continue to operate her teaching studio, and complete her master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University.
“The judges had a very tough decision this year in selecting just one winner,” said Milnes VOICE Programs Executive Director Chad Sonka. “In the end, what put Sydney [Fabregas] aside from his opulent vocals and we believe the Milnes VOICE Studio will further enhance his gift and catapult his career beyond.
The esteemed jury for this year’s competition included Milnes VOICE Programs Presidents and Co-Founders Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves, Artistic Director Jorge Parodi, Andrew Bisantz of Eugene Opera, Dr. Bernard J. Dobroski of Northwestern University and Milnes Michael Ching, composer-in-residence for the VOICE programs.
VOICExperience will air the contest recording at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, and can be viewed for free at www.voicexperiencefoundation.org. Opera Idol was conceived by Milnes and Zouves as part of their nonprofit voice training organization, VOICExperience Foundation, when the two were professors at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. The contest aims to showcase and nurture budding opera stars in a format that emulates popular TV shows featuring talent searches.
Zouves and Milnes, who hosted and conducted the competition as part of a masterclass, agreed that the level of talent they are witnessing at Opera Idol continues an undeniably impressive ascent.
For more information about Opera Idol or VOICExperience, please call 855-76-OPERA or visit www.voicexperiencefoundation.org.