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      Finalists—Concurso San Miguel 2017

Ten of the most most talented and promising young opera singers in Mexico returned for the 9th year in March. More than 500,000 MN in career grants and performing opportunities were awarded. The Grand Finale and Concert was held on March 5, at 7:30 PM, Teatro Angela Peralta, in San Miguel de Allende. These were the results of a very competitive grand finale.

Below photos, select an aria for a YouTube video.

Carlos López


First Prize, the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique Prize, the Edgar Mason Kneedler Prize for Outstanding Interpretation and Style, and the Marmande Competition Prize

Carlos interpreted:

1. Rossini’s Come un ape from La Cenerentola

2. Verdi’s Per me giunto; Io morrò from Don Carlo

José Manuel González


Amistad Canada Second Prize

José Manuel interpreted:

1. Bellini’s Ah, per sempre from I Puritani

2. Korngold’s Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen from Die tote Stadt

Darenka Chávez


Third Prize, and The Director’s Prize

Darenka interpreted:

1. Verdi’s Caro nome from Rigoletto

2. Bernstein’s Glitter and Be Gay from Candide

Gamaliel Reynoso


Fourth Prize, and Prize for Exceptional Integrity, Fortitude, Discipline, Tenacity and Positive Outlook

Gamaliel interpreted:

1. Vivaldi’s Vedro con mio dilletto from Giustino

2. Strauss, Jr.’s Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein from Die Fledermaus

Octavio Rivas


Oliver Deehan Memorial Prize, The Zandonai Competition Prize, and the Rosewood San Miguel Audience Favorite Award

Octavio interpreted:

1. Verdi’s Quando le sere al placido from Luisa Miller

2. Mascagni’s Mamma, quel vino è generoso from Cavalleria Rusticana

Diana Peralta


The Gertrude Brownlee Bitner Memorial Prize, and the José Mojica Prize

Diana interpreted:

1. Bizet’s Seguidilla from Carmen

2. Rossini’s Cruda sorte from L’Italiana in Algeri

Daniel Cerón


Award in Honor of Victoria Carolina Musallem Pescador

Daniel interpreted:

1. Donizetti’s Come paride vezzoso from L’elisir d’amore

2. Gounod’s Avant de quitter ces lieux from Faust

Hector Valle


The Herman Marcus Memorial Prize, and the Opera San Miguel Encouragement Grant

Hector interpreted:

1. Puccini’s Che gelida manina from La Bohème

2. Gounod’s Ah, lève-toi, soleil! from Roméo et Juliette

Julietta Beas


Opera San Miguel Encouragement Grant, and the Therese Anne McCarthy Prize for Youthful Potential

Julietta interpreted:

1. Gounod’s Faites-lui mes aveux from Faust

2. Mozart’s Smanie implacabili from Così fan tutte

Carmen Ferrá


Opera San Miguel Encouragement Grant

Carmen interpreted:

1. Mozart’s Ach, ich liebte from Die Entführung aus dem Serail

2. Verdi’s Ah, forse lui; Sempre libera from La Traviata


Below are three very talented young singers who were invited to the Concurso. Although they did not compete, we believe these young talented singers have a special talent that deserves encouragement. They observed all coachings and master classes, and had two opportunities to perform, once at a special event with the major donors of Opera San Miguel, and again for our audience on Concurso night during the judges’ deliberations. We know we will be hearing more from them in the future.

Kevin Luévanos


Invitado Especial

Kevin interpreted:

Tchaikovsky’s Kuda, kuda from Yevgeny Onegin

Valeria Vázquez


Invitada Especial

Valeria interpreted:

Mozart’s Come scoglio from Così fan tutte

Beatriz Meléndez


Invitada Especial

Beatriz interpreted:

Meyerbeer’s No, non, non-vous n’avais jamais from Les Huguenots