Tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven Takes Home Top Prize at 2022 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition

By David Salazar

Opera San José has announce the winners of the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition which took place on May 21, 2022.

First prize went to tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven with mezzo-soprano Shanley Horvitz taking winning second place. Meanwhile Andres Cascante was the winner of the third prize.

The jury for the competition included legendary mezzo Frederica von Stade, San Francisco Opera Head of Music John Churchwell, famed bass Soloman Howard, and Opera San José General Director Shawna Lucey.

“The revival of the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition was an incredible success both in the digital realm with our semifinals and on the great stage of the California Theater,” said Shawna Lucey in an official press statement issued by Opera San José. “The phenomenal talent on display all week wowed judges and audience members alike, and I can’t wait to see where each competitor ends up next. Bringing these rising stars to perform for two panels of the great leaders of opera in front of our cherished OSJ audiences led to a thrilling week of music. The future of opera is bright.”