The 2022 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition hosts five finalists on March 23

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The 2022 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition for outstanding opera talent is taking place Wednesday, March 23 at 4 PM in the Ades Performance Space.

Of eight students nominated, five are taking part in this final round. They are Rosario Hernárndez Armas (BM ’20, MM ’22), Yerin Han (MM ’22), Jasmine Ismail (MM ’21, PS ’22), Hanbyeol Min (MM ’22), and Jouelle Roberson (PS ’22).

Held each spring, the competition features graduating MSM Vocal Arts students who are completing their formal studies and plan to build their careers after graduation.

These students exhibit outstanding talent and strong potential for careers in opera.

The distinguished judges for this year’s Competition are Richard Gaddes Former Vice President of Opera America, Co-Founder of Opera Theatre St. Louis, and Former General Director of Santa Fe Opera; Melissa Wegner Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the Laffont Competition; and Afton Battle General Director of Fort Worth Opera

Finalists were selected through a preliminary audition; all participants in the audition were nominated by their teachers at MSM. The Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition is made possible by generous support from the late Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades, longtime friends and benefactors of the School. Mrs. Taub Ades is a member of the Manhattan School of Music Board of Trustees.

Past winners include Hyeree Shin (MM ’18, PS ’19), Kelly Singer (MM ’19), Hannah Fresen (MM ’19), SeokJong Baek (BM ’16, MM ’18), Hongni Wu (MM ’17, PS ’18), Shaina Martinez (MM ’18), and Philippe L’Esperance (MM ’18).

The 2019 winners from left to right: Kelly Singer (2nd Place), Hyeree Shin (1st Place), Joan Taub Ades, and Hannah Friesen (3rd Place)

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