We are excited to be approaching the 40th Anniversary of the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition! In celebration, we want to provide insight on current events of a few of our previous winners! You can read about some other past winners in our 2017 Edition of Past Giargiari Competition Winners. This year’s competition will be held on October 5th, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater; a program will be announced shortly!
Stephen Costello graduated from AVA in 2007; that year he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Two years later, in 2009, Mr. Costello made his debut at Covent Garden as Carlo in Linda di Chamounix and awarded the Richard Tucker Award. In 2010, he originated the role of Greenhorn (Ishmael) in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera Moby Dick at the Dallas Opera. On top of winning the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, Mr. Costello has also taken first prizes in the George London Foundation Awards Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition.
Currently, he is preparing for Verdi’s Messa da Requiem for performances at Opernhaus Zürich in November and December. He is also preparing for the roles of Rodalfo in La bohème at Staatsoper Hamburg, Le chevalier des Grieux in Manon and Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Opéra national de Paris, and Leicester in Maria Stuarda at The Metropolitan Opera for their 2019-2020 season. Go to Stephen Costello’s website for a full schedule of his performances!
Upon graduating from AVA, Joyce El-Khoury was invited to study at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Later, in 2010, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera to perform as Frasquita in Carmen. That same year, Joyce was taken under the wings of conductor Lorin Maazel after singing Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and stepping in for the title role in Suor Angelica at the Castleton Festival.
Early this year, Ms. El-Khoury made her Opera Australia debut at the Sydney Opera House joining their production of La bohème as Mimì. At the end of September, she will return to the Canadian Opera Company to perform Liú in Turandot. In June 2020, she will join the cast of Opera Theater of Saint Louis’ production of Awakenings as Rose R. in its world premiere. Take a look at Joyce El-Khoury’s full schedule for a listing of all her performances and concerts!
After graduating from AVA, Angela Meade has gone on to perform in a wide variety of roles and competitions; she has won over 50 vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2007, Grand Prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition in 2009, and the Richard Tucker Award in 2011. She made her professional debut in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Ernani as Elvira in 2008. Angela has gone on to perform a wide variety of roles around the world: the title roles of Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Lucia di Lammermoor, Ermione, and Aïda (to name a few) in theaters such as the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Lyon, Wiener Staatsoper, Washington National Opera, Oper Frankfurt, and Teatro di San Carlo.
At the end of September, Ms. Meade will be performing Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo at the Teatro Colon in A Coruña, Spain; and the title roles in Ermione and Norma at the Teatro di San Carlo. Visit Angela Meade’s website for a full schedule of her operas and concerts!
Since graduating from AVA in 2015, William Davenport has made a splash in both opera houses and concert halls around the world. Some of his recent operatic engagements have been in the productions of L’elisir d’amore as Nemorino at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia, Opera Delaware, Baltimore Concert Opera, Orlando Philharmonic; Don Pasquale as Ernesto at Opera Naples, and Roberto Devereux in the title role at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova. In the realm of concert music, he has sung in pieces such as Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living at Carnegie Hall, Dvorák’s Mass in D with Columbia Pro Cantare, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Cathedral Choral Society and Concert Artists of Baltimore. Aside from the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, Mr. Davenport has also been the winner of the Veronica Dunne International Competition, Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition, and others.
Mr. Davenport will soon be in Sarasota Opera’s productions of Rigoletto as The Duke of Mantua and La bohème as Rodalfo. To take a look at more of William Davenport’s upcoming engagements, take a look at his full schedule!
Corinne Winters’ career reached international acclaim when she performed her signature role of Violetta in La traviata at English National Opera. She has performed this role in opera houses around the world: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Theater Basel, Opera Australia, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, English National Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Opera Hong Kong. Aside from Violetta, Ms. Winters has performed as the title role of Katya Kabanova at Seattle Opera, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at Michigan Opera Theatre and Arizona Opera, and Liù in Turandot with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela. Aside from winning first prize at AVA’s Giargiari Competition, Ms. Winters has also taken first prizes at Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Palm Beach Opera Competition, and the Marcello Giordani Foundation.
This season she will be taking on the title role in Moniuszko’s Halka at Theater an der Wien, and the title role of Rusalka at the English National Opera and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Visit Ms. Winters’ website for her full schedule of performances this season!
Stephen, Joyce, Angela, William, and Corinne, along with the other winners mentioned in the 2017 Edition of Past Giargiari Competition Winners, are only a few of the many talented vocalists who have taken home the First Prize of this marvelous competition. We are excited for what is in store for all our winners, and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s Giargiari Bel Canto Competition!
Written by Stephen J. Trygar