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Daniel Keeling New York baritone Daniel Keeling shared the exciting news that in September 2015, he will make his debut at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, singing Dewain in John Adams' I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky. Teatro dell'Opera di Roma is a major venue, and a huge step for any opera singer.

In 2010, IFS made a grant to New York baritone Daniel Keeling, to help him with expenses related to attending/performing at La Musica Lirica Festival in Novafeltria, Italy.

Composer Christopher Tin, whose work is primarily classical with a strong world music influence, continues to compose for films, video games, and commercials. Chris won two Grammy awards for his first album, the classical crossover “Calling All Dawns.”

The US premiere of “The Drop That Contained the Sea,” Christopher Tin’s sequel to “Calling All Dawns,” was performed at Carnegie Hall, New York, on April 13, 2014. The new work contains ten new pieces in ten languages, featuring another all-star collection of world and classical artists, including the Soweto Gospel Choir, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Anonymous 4, Dulce Pontes, and many more. Also featured is the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which Chris conducted at legendary Abbey Road Studios.

 

The West Coast premiere was performed by IFS grant recipient Angel City Chorale on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles.

The CD of “The Drop That Contained the Sea” entered the Billboard Classical Music Chart at No. 1, and entered at No. 6 on the Billboard World Music Chart.

 

In Fall 2014, trombonist David Roode won a position as second solo trombone with the Odense Symfoniorkester (The Odense Symphony Orchestra) in Odense, Denmark. After a grueling nine hour audition, David became the first non-Dane to be appointed to the trombone section in the history of the orchestra.

 

Also a member of Los Angeles Opera’s Young Artist Program, tenor Benjamin Bliss made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Vogelgesang in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” with Maestro Levine in the pit, in November and December 2014. In April 2014, Benjamin entered the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s Annual International Vocal Competition in New York City, where he won the top prize – the Rose Braverman Trust Prize. The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s Annual International Vocal Competition is regarded as a major American competition, requiring the highest standard of vocal performance. Since 1974, this fine organization has given awards to hundreds of young singers, many of whom have since risen to international stardom.

 

Los Angeles opera company and grant recipient Pacific Opera Project presented “Tosca” in September 2014, and “La Boheme” in December 2014. Both were conducted and, in “La Boheme,” accompanied by, grant recipient Stephen Karr. “Tosca” featured a twenty-two person orchestra that moved, along with the audience, from scene to scene.

Stage and Cinema wrote: “Josh Shaw and Stephen Karr have once again put together a fantastic operatic production showcasing some of the finest vocal talent available at an extremely affordable price. Under Shaw’s creative direction . . ., La Bohème has been superbly brought to life in a setting that is faithful to the original, as well as intimately and creatively wrought.”

POP will present Mozart's “Abduction from the Seraglio” in Spring 2015.