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September 15, 1999


Presented each year as an Eastertime event at Goucher College's Kraushaar Theater, the 9th Annual Rosa Ponselle "YOUNG CLASSICAL SINGERS'" Competition (formerly named the Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition) is now accepting applications from young classical singers with permanent residency in the State of Maryland and Washington, D.C. who are between ages l0 to 2l.

Contestants will be adjudicated by a panel of up to seven professionals in the field of opera. The dates of the Competition are March 22 to 26, 2000. The Competition opens with an audio/visual lecture by Miss Elayne Duke on the life and career of the legendary dramatic soprano, Rosa Ponselle, who is considered by many to have been the greatest vocal artist of the century. Miss Duke, who serves as the president and administrative director of The Rosa Ponselle Foundation, was a close personal friend of the American diva for over 30 years.

There is no application fee for admission to the "YOUNG CLASSICAL SINGERS'" Competition and young singers are invited to telephone, fax or write to The Rosa Ponselle Foundation for the Competition brochure and application. The deadline date for application submissions is December 3l, l999.

There are three awards to be given in the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists categories with a $l,500 scholarship to each Laureate in the form of concert preparation and $500 in cash to be paid on the night of the Winners "Showcase" Concert appearance. Additionally, there are ten Silver Rose Awards of $300 each payable in cash on the day of the awards ceremony and an appearance in the Winners "Showcase" Concert. Five Honorable Mention Awardees will each receive cash awards of $200 and may, possibly, be invited to perform in the "Showcase" Concert.

The official accompanist for the Competition will be recording and concert artist, William Lewis of New York City.

The centerpiece of the "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition will be the 9th Annual "Winners" Showcase Concert on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 8:00 P.M. in Goucher College's Kraushaar Theater. The Concert will feature the previous year's "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Medalists and Silver Rose Awardees. Musical preparation of the awardees will be by renowned operatic coach, Dr. Michael Cordovana, who serves as music department head of Catholic University and chief music assistant of the Dallas Opera Company. Dr. Cordovana has worked with Renata Scotto, Jon Vickers, Sesto Bruscantini, Joan Sutherland, and has assisted conductors Richard Bonynge, Nicola Rescigno and Antal Dorati.

The public is invited to attend at no charge, and concert goers may request up to two complimentary tickets by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to The Rosa Ponselle Foundation, "Windsor", Stevenson, Maryland 2ll53-9999.

For further inquiries about the Competition, please contact:

Miss Elayne Duke
Administrative Director and Competitions Coordinator
The Rosa Ponselle Foundation
Stevenson, Maryland 2ll53-9999
Telephone: (4l0) 486-46l6
Fax: (4l0) 486-0495


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Updated: 9/19/99
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