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March - April 2013

Nico Castel

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July 2013

Distinguished Concerts International New York

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Winners and finalists from previous years see the list.

"(def. Master Singer: one with virtuosic skill, stylistic superiority and artistic brilliance in the art of singing.) "

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Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Congratulations to Teresa Buchholz and Stephen Lancaster, winners of the 2013 Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition!

Teresa Buchholz
Teresa Buchholz
The other Female Finalists:
Jill Dewsnup,
Kimberly Giordano,
and Heather Phillips
Stephen Lancaster
Stephen Lancaster
The other Male Finalists:
David Guzman,
Jeremy Ludwig,
and Andrew York

Teresa Buchholz
Teresa Buchholz

Teresa Buchholz

Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo-soprano - An accomplished artist, known for her colorful, clear voice and thoughtful interpretation, Teresa Buchholz is emerging as a promising mezzo-soprano in the world of singing. This past year's solo engagements included Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Haydn's Paukenmesse and C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat with the Fairfield Chorale, Michael Tippett's A Child of our Time with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem at Alice Tully Hall and with the OK Mozart Festival in Barltesville, OK, the role of Mercedes in Carmen with Opera Roanoke and a return to the Bard Music Festival to perform Chausson's Chanson perpetuelle with piano quintet which the NY Times hailed as "gorgeously sung by mezzo soprano Teresa Buchholz". Upcoming solo engagements include Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Amor Artis Chorus and Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem with the Helena Symphony (MT), Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Stamford Symphony (CT) and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN). More information available at www.teresabuchholz.com
Stephen Lancaster
Stephen Lancaster

Stephen Lancaster

Stephen Lancaster, Baritone - Stephen Lancaster is an artist equally at home in opera, recital, and concert, with roles including Count Almaviva, Schaunard, Morales, Dancairo, and Falke with companies including Eugene Opera, Arbor Opera Theater and Opera Notre Dame. Concert credits include Haydn's Nelsonmesse and Harmoniemesse, Brahms Requiem, Faure Requiem, and Durufle Requiem, as well as upcoming Carmina Burana, Rachmaninov's The Bells, and Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with the South Bend Symphony, Warren Symphony, Holland Symphony and Lisbon Summer Choral Fest. A regional winner in the NATS Artist Awards in 2012, and finalist in the Grand Concours de Chant in 2009, he made his debut in Carnegie Hall and Taipei’s Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Recital Hall in 2010. A lover of new music, for two seasons he appeared as Resident Artist at the Atlantic Music Festival, and sang in the west coast premier of John Musto's Book of Uncommon Prayer as a Stern Fellow at SongFest. A frequent recitalist, he has collaborated with such artists as Martin Katz and fortepianist James Janssen. He holds an A.Mus.D. in voice performance from the University of Michigan and was a member of the voice faculty of the Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigord, France in 2009. He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as Assistant Professional Specialist of Voice.

Eight finalists competed for the title (one winner in each male and female categories) on the Weill Recital Hall stage in Carnegie Hall on Monday, April 1, 2013 8:00 pm. Congratulations to all of the finalists in this third year of this prestigious competition! To learn more details visit the DCINY website.

A competition like no other offered in New York City to aspiring singers who wish to advance their careers to the next level, this competition rewards and acknowledges excellent vocal technique and artistry in opera and oratorio.

1. Each winner is featured as a soloist in a major choral master work with orchestra on the 2013 DCINY Concert Season. DCINY produces high quality concerts in major, world-class venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Disney Hall in New York and others.
2. Each winner is awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

The competition is specifically devoted to oratorio and opera, and requires that each applicant prepare and submit two (2) oratorio pieces in varying styles and languages and two (2) opera arias in varying styles and languages.