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2023 
METROPOLITAN OPERA
LAFFONT COMPETITION AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD 

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2019
ALAN M. AND JOAN TAUB ADES VOCAL COMPETITION 
WINNER

The competition showcases Manhattan School of Music student finalists who exhibit outstanding talent and strong potential for careers in opera. This year’s eight finalists, listed below, were selected through a preliminary audition; all participants in the preliminary audition were nominated by their teachers at MSM.

 

Xiaotong Cao, Soprano

Hannah Friesen, Soprano

Sasha Gutierrez, Soprano

Sae Lin Kim, Mezzo

Daniel Rich, Baritone

Hyeree Shin, Soprano

Kelly Singer, Soprano

Polixeni Tziouvaras, Mezzo

 

The distinguished judges for this year’s Competition were Denyce Graves, Mezzo Soprano, Peter Russell, General Director of Vocal Arts in Washington DC, Diane Zola, Assistant General Manager, Artistic of the Metropolitan Opera.

 

This year’s first-place winner was soprano Hyeree Shin, a Professional Studies degree candidate at the School. Ms. Shin received prize money towards her professional development. Second place was presented to soprano Kelly Singer, a second-year Master’s degree candidate at MSM. Third place was given to soprano Hannah Friesen, a second-year Master’s degree candidate at MSM.

2019 & 2022
CAREER BRIDGES
GRANT WINNER

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