The Dallas Opera Announces Finalists for National Vocal Competition

By David Salazar

The Dallas Opera has announced the eight finalists for its National Vocal Competition on Oct. 29, 2021.

The finalists include soprano Sylvia D’Eramo, soprano Katherine Henry, soprano Chasiti Lashay, mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce, tenor Efraín Corralejo, baritone Blake Denson, bass-baritone Evan Lazdowski, and bass Ricardo Ceballos de la Mora. They will perform alongside the Dallas Opera Orchestra under the musical direction of Emmanuel Villaume.

D’Eramo is set to perform the “Song to the Moon” from “Rusalka,” while Henry will take on “Al dolce guidami” from “Anna Bolena.” Meanwhile Lashay will perform “Io son l’umile ancella” from “Adriana Lecouvreur” and Pierce will present “Dopo notte” from “Ariodante.” Corralejo will interpret “Salut demeure chaste et pure” from “Faust;” Denson will sing “Ja vas lyublyu” from “The Queen of Spades;” Ladowski will take on “Quand la flame de l’amour” from “La Jolie Fille de Perth;” and de la Mora will round out the program with “Vous qui faites l’endormie” from “Faust.”

“One of my favorite parts of participating in this competition is showcasing young, rising talent,” said Villaume in a press statement, “particularly when an unexpected moment happens and fills us all with a sense of discovery.” He continued, “These gifted singers are the artists of tomorrow, and it gives me great pride that they may get their start here at The Dallas Opera as part of this competition.”

There will be three prizewinners plus a People’s Choice award winner.