ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 6th ANNUAL INT'L OPERA COMPETITION |
Congratulations to the winners of the 6th annual Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico International Opera Competition:
Peter Scott Drackley – 1st Place Winner
Jon Jurgens – Alternate
Rachel Sparrow – Audience Favorite
Thank you to all of the talented artists who gave their best in the competition, and a special thanks to our audience for your support and participating in the vote!
The 1st Place Winner will be sent expense free to Alessandria, Italy to compete in the finals of the Concorso Internazionale di Musica, where they will join contestants from around the globe for the opportunity to sing in front of European agents and operatic producers. They will also present a debut performance in Italy. Should the 1st Place Winner not be able to participate in the finals, the Alternate will go in their place.
BATTLEGROUND: CHOREOGRAPHER EXPLAINS THE ART OF STAGE FIGHTING |
By Kevin Opsahl, The Herald Journal
Published: Saturday, July 26 2014
Stefan Espinosa of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre was talking to patrons about fight choreography on Tuesday when one of the festival artists walked in and announced he had a beef with Espinosa.
Samus Haddad said he had scheduled a time to use the Dansante rehearsal hall, and Espinosa was not supposed to be there. Things got ugly very quickly.
It started with a shove. Then the two men grappled. There were chokeholds, strangling and Espinosa even got a “head slam” on the sound equipment nearby. It looked ugly.
Turns out it was not ugly; just a demonstration.
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