With Carnegie Hall Gala, Vincerò Academy Makes Dream Come True for Young Singers

By David Salazar

On Jan. 13, 2022, the Vincerò Academy performed a special gala concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The event was a major milestone for the institution, an online mentorship program for young singers across the globe, many of whom flew in to perform at the gala event.

“It was so important for us to be able to do a live performance together because at the end, after all the time we spend studying and coaching, this is what we live for. For myself, seeing all these young artists – whom I had only met online as students in Vincerò’s masterclasses, group classes, coachings, and seminars – overflowing with joy at making their Carnegie Hall debut, and giving their very best on this iconic stage, was an experience I will never forget,” said Artistic Director and Founder Abdiel Vázquez who performed at the piano for the entire duration of the two-plus hour program.

Performers for the event included sopranos AddieRose Forstman, Athena Palombi, Carolina Torres, Cassandra Douglas, Claire Choi, Desire Doilin, Hannah Hall, Iuno Connelly, Jessica Bloch, Jessica Lewis, Ibeth Ortiz, Mariah Muehler, Mariko Lepage, Molly Dunn, and Sian Palmer; Mezzo-sopranos Alicia Barry and Shanley Horvitz; Tenors Florian Pereira, Josaphat Contreras, Noah Donahue, and Thomas Soto; and Baritones Esteban Baltazar and Jannik Horlitz.

Audiences in attendance were taken on a musical journey that encapsulated major arias and ensembles from such works as “Les Pêcheurs de perles,” “Carmen,” “Giulio Cesare,” “Don Giovanni,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Così fan tutte,” “Die Zauberflöte,” “L’Elisir d’Amore,” “Tannhäuser,” “La Fille du Régiment,””La Traviata,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “La Bohème,” among many others.

This concert was a monumental moment where singers from all parts of the world came together after singing online for the last year. To have the honor to share our art in one of the most prestigious concert halls was truly the cherry on top. Each artist brought their own identity to their performance, celebrating opera, a form of music that has outlived and persisted throughout every obstacle in the world. Viva la musica lirica,” said mezzo-soprano Shanley Horvitz, who performed music from “Carmen” and ” Madama Butterfly.”

Being able to perform in one of the most beautiful theater halls I’ve seen, sharing the moment with even more wonderful and incredibly talented singers, and being on the stage accompanied by the marvelous pianist Abdiel Vazquez, it is without a shadow of a doubt an experience I will remember through my whole career, and I can’t wait until I’m able to perform there once more,” concluded baritone Esteban Baltazar, who took on music by Mozart and Bizet.