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April 20, 1996


Patterning the 1st Rosa Ponselle "YOUNG NEW YORKERS'" Competition after the successful five year history of its "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition, The Rosa Ponselle Foundation will present its inaugural program for young talents between ages 8 to 18, who reside within the five boroughs of New York.

The Competition days, which are scheduled between May 21 to 23, are open to the general public between the hours of 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. An Awards Presentation Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 P.M., and will include evaluations from the Competition's adjudicators who include Fedora Barbieri, Franco Barlozzetti, Igor Chichagov, Stewart Gordon, Mary Jane Phillips Matz, Blanche Thebom and William Warfield.

The Competition program has included as centerpieces, three ancillary events beginning on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 P.M. with the renowned, award winning Verdian scholar, Mary Jane Phillips-Matz who will present a recording, slide and film lecture on the life and career of the legendary American diva, dramatic soprano Rosa Ponselle. Phillips Matz is currently writing a biography on Ponselle, who is considered by the musical authorities of her era and of current vintage, to have been the greatest Verdian singer of our century. She will be repeating the Ponselle audio visual lecture throughout 1997 in the United States, Great Britain and Europe in commemoration of Ponselle's centenary.

On Thursday, May 23, a "Winners Showcase" Concert featuring the 1995 Laureates of the Annual Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition and the 1994 Rosa Ponselle Biennial International Competition for the Vocal Arts, will be emceed by former Metropolitan Opera diva, Blanche Thebom with guest artist, William Warfield joining the cast in performance. Making their New York City debuts at the "Showcase" Concert will be two of Mme Thebom's protégées from her Opera Arts Training Program in San Francisco. Musical preparation for the Concert is by The Rosa Ponselle Foundation's Music Director, Maestro Igor Chichagov.

The official piano artist at each of the Competition program's musical events is the Rosa Ponselle Gold Medal accompanist awardee, William Lewis.

On Friday, May 24 at 2:00 P.M., the entire judges' panel of Fedora Barbieri, Franco Barlozzetti, Igor Chichagov, Stewart Gordon, Mary Jane Phillips Matz, Blanche Thebom and William Warfield will present an audience oriented symposium which will include a glimpse into their individual vocal development and professional career years with special emphasis on guidance for young singers.

All the events, which include each of the Competition days and its award ceremony; the Mary Jane Phillips Matz lecture, the "Winners Showcase" Concert, the Judges' Symposia Panel, are to be presented at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and are open to the public with tickets being sold at the Weill Recital Hall Box Office (212) 247 7800 at $5.00 FOR EACH EVENT.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Miss Elayne Duke
President and Competition Coordinator
The Rosa Ponselle Charitable Foundation Inc.
Stevenson, Maryland 21153-9999
Telephone: (410) 486 4616 Fax: (410) 486 0495

after May 14:

The Salisbury Hotel
Telephone:(212) 246 1300, extension 1610

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