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January 20, 1996


One hundred youngsters between ages 8 to 18 from within New York's five boroughs shall audition at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall before a panel of operatic personalities which include Fedora Barbieri, Patrice Munsel, Blanche Thebom and William Warfield. Italian stage director, Franco Barlozzetti; renowned operatic vocal/coach, accompanist and conductor, Igor Chichagov; authoress and lecturer, Mary Jane Phillips-Matz; and the director of the Savannah ONSTAGE International Arts Festival, Stewart Gordon shall also serve on the adjudicating panel. Prize award winning piano artist, William Lewis, shall be the official accompanist for the young contestants.

The ROSA PONSELLE "YOUNG NEW YORKERS"' Competition will be launched in 1996 by The Rosa Ponselle Foundation established in 1982 with funds from the estate of the legendary Metropolitan Opera, dramatic soprano, who is considered by many to have been the greatest singer born and trained entirely in the United States.

The auditions shall take place daily between May 21 to 27 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Featured centerpieces of the Competition at the Weill Recital Hall shall be a film and slide lecture with recordings by Mary Jane Phillips-Matz on the Life and Career of Rosa Ponselle on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 P.M.; and a "Winners Showcase" Concert on Thursday, May 23 at 8:00 P.M., debuting the young winners of the 1995 Annual Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition with former Laureates of the Ponselle International Competition and the presentation of a protégé from the Blanche Thebom Opera Arts Training Program. Guest artist shall be William Warfield with Mme Blanche Thebom emceeing the Concert.

Tickets may be purchased to the Competition, the "Winners Showcase" Concert and the Phillips Matz lecture at the Weill Recital Hall Box Office at $5.00 per event.

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