SAS Performing Arts Company Names Finalists For its 2023 Vocal Competition

By Afton Wooten

Finalists in the SAS Performing Arts Company’s 2023 Vocal Competition have been announced.

The fourth annual competition will see sopranos Anna Aistova, Lynnesha Crump, Carami Hilaire, Shelen Hughes, Clara Luz Iranzo, and Cong Conc Wang, mezzo-sopranos Annie Chester, Shanley Horvitz, Melina Jaharis, Anna Kelly, and JoAnna Vladyka, tenors Charles Calotta and Minghao Liu, and baritone Seung Chan Hong.  The collaborative pianist for the finals will be Mary Pinto.

Since its first competition in 2020, SAS has awarded over $20,000 to emerging artists to assist them in their career development. Past winners have gone on to various young artist programs and secured contracts with major companies across Europe and the United States including The Metropolitan Opera, Tulsa Opera, Florida Grand Opera, The English National Opera, and Stattsoper Berlin.

The National Opera Center hosts the finals on Nov. 4.