Curtain Call Award Honors High School Opera Talent
The other finalists in the competition were Antonia Kitsopoulos of Chatham High School, Sara Munson of Morris Knolls High School, and Sarah Finnan from Cinnaminson High School. The four finalists were selected from a pool of applicants from around the state who submitted audition videos that were reviewed by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. The final competition included each student performing two arias. Performances were rated by various vocal and presentation criteria.
Judging the event were Peter Gillis, adjunct vocal instructor at Montclair State; Francesca Kubian, the New Jersey Music Educators Association’s All State Opera Festival Coordinator; and Ronni Reich, The Star-Ledger’s classical music critic.
The Metropolitan Opera Guild
The Metropolitan Opera Guild actively pursues its mission to foster an active and engaged audience for opera. The Guild's Education Department provides an innovative network of music and arts-education programs to a broad community of learners that include students, teachers, and adults. These programs include rehearsals as well as performances at the Metropolitan Opera, family education programs to introduce children to opera, an adult lecture series, school residency programs, professional development courses for teachers, and research collaborations with institutions of higher learning and other arts organizations.
Montclair State University
Montclair State offers the advantages of a large university -- a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body -- combined with a small college's attention to students