"Operalia" Competition for Joshua Guerro

Two years ago, tenor Joshua Guerrero was accepted into Los Angeles Opera’s Young Artist Program. In August 2014 he won second place, and the CulturArte prize, in the International Competition of Placido Domingo’s Operalia.

Since then Joshua has secured management with the CAMI Agency, and will be in Barcelona in January 2015, competing in the Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition.

 

Chamber Music in NYC with Margalit Cantor

Cellist Margalit Cantor regularly performs orchestral and chamber music concerts throughout New York, including as principal cellist with: the Dicapo Opera Theater, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and Big Apple Baroque. Margalit is on the faculty of Bloomingdale School of Music and the Lucy Moses School.

She will perform with the Dorian Baroque Trio on January 15, 2015, at The Gems Midtown Concert Series, in an early baroque program (Pandolfi, Castello, Marini, Fontana). These free concerts take place on Thursdays at 1:15 p.m., at The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 325 Park Avenue at East 51st Street, New York.

 

A dear friend of mine passed away this morning, Marie Hadji. I met Marie in 2006. That summer, I had the opportunity to study and perform The Magic Flute in Salzburg. I had heard the Salzburg Festival Society gave out scholarships to young singers to study and perform in Salzburg so I thought I would inquire. Marie responded to my inquiry and told me to send her a bio to be considered, and so I did. A couple months went by and I wrote a follow up inquiry. The next day, I received an email from Marie telling me the Society decided to grant me $2,000. I was dumbfounded!! It wasn’t nearly enough to cover the entire trip; tuition, airfare, living expenses for six weeks, but it surely was going to be a great help. As the months rolled by, my finances struggled to improve and I was unable to save anywhere near enough to make the trip possible. I emailed Marie to find out what I needed to do, assuming I would need to return the grant if I wasn’t going to be able to go. She asked me how much more I needed, which was roughly $3,500.

The next morning, I received a phone call from Marie herself informing me the Society had decided to grant me $4,000 MORE!! So, $6,000 total!! I was flabbergasted, absolutely speechless. All I could do was simply giggle from sheer joy, which in turn made Marie giggle right along with me. Being a grant recipient, I was invited to numerous lectures and events where I got to meet Thomas Hampson, Diana Damrau, Feruccio Furlanetto, Valery Gergiev, and senior editor of Nation Review Jay Nordlinger. I was also invited to a birthday party for Count Möy where I met numerous opera singers and European politicians, as well as Karl von Habsburg, head of the Habsburg family (my elbows were red for a week). Marie and several members of the Society came to our performance. I was quite nervous. I playfully said “well, they basically bought a $6,000 ticket; I hope they think it was worth it”. Marie and her colleagues were so delighted and entertained by our performance. I stayed in touch with Marie over the following year and when I was invited back to Salzburg the following summer, she helped secure me a grant for $3,000.

Marie was a delightful person to know. She loved music and opera, loved the conglomeration of German and American culture. She loved seeing people succeed and find happiness and joy in their craft. I owe her so much, she provided me with the opportunity to do and experience some wonderful things that have defined me and made my life a story worth remembering and cherishing. I will never forget her. Godspeed Marie.