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The Gerda Lissner Foundation Presents: Academy of Vocal Arts

Originally Aired: Thursday, March 2, 2023


The Gerda Lissner Foundation presents The Academy of Vocal Arts, a leader in the training of the next generation of great opera singers.  This concert of opera and song features GRAMMY Award-winner Latonia Moore, the Gerda Lissner Foundation prize recipients alumna Alice Chung, and current Resident Artists Ethel Trujillo and Titus Muzi, and pianist Danielle Orlando.

*Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Latonia Moore

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Latonia Moore has received global acclaim for her interpretation of the title role in Aida, of which the New York Times said “her voice was radiant, plush and sizeable at its best, with gleaming top notes that broke through the chorus and orchestra during the crowd scenes.” Houses where she has sung the role of Aida include the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opernhaus Zürich, Opera Australia, Teatro Colón, English National Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Dubai Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Detroit Opera, Polish National Opera, and at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon.

Additional operatic highlights include appearances as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera, Liù in Turandot at Royal Opera Covent Garden, the title role in Tosca and Elisabeth in Don Carlo with Opera Australia, the title role in Tosca with Washington National Opera, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Mimi in La bohème with Semperoper Dresden, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Hamburg State Opera, Micaëla in Carmen, Liù in Turnadot, Elvira in Ernani, and Lucrezia in I due Foscari in Bilbao, Desdemona in Otello at Bergen National Opera, Serena in Porgy and Bess at both English National Opera and De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, and an appearance on the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Metropolitan Opera.

Orchestral highlights include the role of Lady Macbeth in a recording of Macbeth with Edward Gardner for Chandos, Mahler’s Symphony No 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gilbert Kaplan for Deutsche Grammpohon, Vivetta in L’Arlesiana and Fidelia in Edgar with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, and Bess in Porgy and Bess with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Honors and awards include the Maria Callas Award from Dallas Opera, a Richard Tucker Foundation grant, first prize in the Marseilles Competition, and first prize in the International Competition dell’Opera in Dresden. Ms. Moore is a native of Houston, Texas.

Alice Chung

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Recently a winner of the 2022 Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition, Opera Index, Young Patronesses of the Opera, and District/Regional Winner in the Laffont Competition, Korean-American mezzo-soprano Alice Chung is rapidly being recognized for her “operatic tonal glamour” (Parterre) and being “a force of nature with a sound both powerful and appealing” (San Francisco Classical Voice).

Titus Muzi III

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Titus Muzi III (baritone, fourth-year) is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a fourth-year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. He attended Florida State University where he earned a B.M in Vocal Performance. Mr. Muzi is a recipient of multiple awards including a Richard Gaddes Career Grant from Opera Theater of St Louis (2022) an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan National Council Auditions (2020) as well as a Presser Foundation Scholarship Award at FSU (2019). Mr. Muzi has engaged with various festivals and companies in the United States including Annapolis Opera (2022), Opera Theatre of St. Louis (2022), Opera Saratoga (2020, 2021), Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy (2019) and the Music Academy of the West (2019). His various roles include Schaunard in La bohème with Annapolis Opera (2022), Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Theatre of St. Louis (2022), the title role in Eugene Onegin with AVA (2022) Pedro in Man of La Mancha with Opera Saratoga (2021), and Monroe/Pangle in the west coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain (2019). This fall, Mr. Muzi will be making his debut as the baritone soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Cincinnati Ballet.

Ethel Trujillo

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Ethel Trujillo (soprano) is from Morelos, Mexicoand is a third-year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Puebla, Mexico with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. Ethel’s highest achievements include winning first place and receiving the Pro-Opera Audience Award at the Carlo Morelli National Singing Contest in Bellas Artes, Mexico (2018). Furthermore, she has received honorable mentions at the International Lyric Singing Contest in Trujillo, Peru (2018), placed 3rd at the International Singing Contest of Sinaloa (2019), Semifinalist at the International Competition Alfredo Kraus in Spain (2019), 2nd place at the Linus Lerner Competition (2019), 2nd place at the Opera San Miguel Competition (2020), and 1st place at the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Operetta & Zarzuela (2022). Ethel made her debut as Violetta Valery in La traviata at the Opera Festival of San Luis, Mexico (2019). Her roles include Gilda (Rigoletto), Philine (Mignon), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), among others.

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