2018 Competition
December 9, 2018 New York City

Arthur Levy is on the faculty of Mannes College of Music and formerly as well, Manhattan School of Music in New York City; he has been a vocal consultant and master class teacher at the Glimmerglass Opera and the Roundabout Theatre and has taught at the State University of New York at Purchase, and at the opera house in Stuttgart, Germany. He is also a faculty member at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, in Waimea, Hawaii. Mr. Levy has also taught singers in the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program.  He works with singers who appear in all the major opera houses of the world, including great world renowned MET tenor Yonghoon Lee and lyric tenor Charles Castronovo, and a number of Tony award winning Musical Theatre performers.  He has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes, with his student Audra Mcdonald and internationally renowned singers as Elizabeth Futral, Hao Jiang Tian, James Valenti, William Burden, Ricardo Rivera, Won Whi Choi, Stephen Powell, and Broadway star Marin Mazzie, In the music theatre world he has worked and coached such luminary theatre and movie stars as Stockard Channing, Meryl  Streep, Oliver Platt, Lauren Graham, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leah Michelle (of “Glee”) He has performed as tenor soloist in both opera and oratorio and is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and has had additional studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  He is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Peter Randsman has managed artists that include: Deborah Voigt, Allan Glassman, Brian Montgomery, Stephen Powell, Delores Ziegler, David Malis, Cheryl Parrish. Native of Long Island, New York.  He has performed Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Tommy (Brigadoon), Dr. Einstein (Arsenic and Old Lace), Clifford Bradshaw (Cabaret), Charley (Charley’s Aunt), Dick (Dames at Sea) and Gabey (On the Town). He was chosen as the “Burger King boy” in a series of commercials, which would air on national television for several years, and was featured as Minolta’s “Camera Boy” in dozens of national magazines.  He spent several days filming Brighton Beach with Ruth Gordon and Lee Strassburg. He participated in several national tours performing both operetta and Gilbert & Sullivan. Appearing on Broadway, he both sang and danced LizaLiza with film legend, Ruby Keeler at a tribute to the Ziegfeld Follies.  Shortly after, he joined the New York City Opera chorus, and for the next three years appeared in many Lincoln Center productions and several national tours.  He sang in a LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER telecast in scenes from Mefistofele with Samuel Ramey, conducted by Julius Rudel, and the great Triumphal Scene from Verdi’s Aida under the direction of Anton Guadagno.   After nearly fifteen years as a professional singer /actor, he has fulfilled two life-long dreams by being appointed artistic director of an opera company (National Grand Opera, at The Tillis Center for the Performing Arts at C.W. Post Campus in Long Island) and by starting his own company, Randsman Artists Management

Pamela Curzon is the Founder and Director of Curzon Artists Management.  Over the past 31 years, Ms. Curzon has represented numerous opera and instrumental luminaries, such as Sir Donald McIntyre, Tom Krause, Z. Edmund Toliver, Ludwig Güttler, The Leipziger Bach-Collegium, the Bartok Quartet, Conrad Hansen, Sergei Babayan, John Graham, radio personality Lloyd Moss, and others.  In media, Ms. Curzon was Associate Producer/Director and did the casting for 50 chamber music concerts of the classical music series, The Classical Hour at Steinway Hall, which was broadcast in Japan on NHK-TV.  She has acted as Associate Producer to TV broadcasts including Philadelphia Performs (winner of Excellence In Journalism and the Governor’s Award), The Curtis School of Music, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Philadanco.   Ms. Curzon was Music Consultant for the Richard Tucker Opera Gala at Lincoln Center, and Associate Producer/Director for the Gala program Music Heals at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.  She has been associated with national radio broadcasts of opera and classical music, produced by D’Alessio Media, Inc. and distributed by The Concert Music Network.   Ms. Curzon was the Associate Producer/Director for a Hi-Definition taping of a newly composed classical ballet, Mowgli, written by prodigy, Alexander Prior.  The performance by the Moscow Classical Ballet Company took place in the theater at the Kremlin, and was hosted by Angela Lansbury.  Other recent projects included The Spirit of Zydeco, as well as 7 film clips, shown at Marilyn Horne’s 75th Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Curzon has completed numerous translations, especially for the Bruckner Orchester, Linz and the Opera House in Linz, Austria.   For the opening of their newly built Opera House in April 2013: Musiktheater am Volksgarten, Ms. Curzon translated the libretto for the world premiere of Philip Glass’ opera: Spuren der Verirrten  (The Lost), based on Peter Handke’s original play, with the same title.  She has been a member of the jury for the competition at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, New York.  Ms. Curzon was educated in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and received her BA at Barnard College, Columbia University.  She received her MA in German Literature from Rice University.  

Judith Fredricks is founder of The Academy for the Performing Artist, The Writer’s Stage, and Opera New York. Ms. Fredricks performed extensively as a mezzo-soprano in opera, from Cairo to NYC.  She has starred in both musical and dramatic theatre, television, (Warner Brothers TV), film, and dance (San Francisco Ballet, American Dance Machine).  Ms. Fredricks has received glowing reviews in the New York Times, UPI, Backstage, New Yorker Magazine, and in regional papers both here and in Europe.  More recently, she has been directing both in NYC and regionally.  Her off-Broadway directing credits include;  “Rappaccini’s Daughter”  “Vincent”, “Tales of the Manhattan Woods”, and “They all Knew”. She directed Opera Las Vegas in “Carmen” and “La Boheme”, and “The Merry Widow” for Emerald City Opera in Colorado.  She has produced and directed large European tours, which were fully costumed,  choreographed and performed with the Romanian Orchestra.  For Opera New York, she has directed present day versions of “La Boheme”, “Tocsa”, “Carmen”, “Cavallaria Rusticana”, “Die Fledermaus”, “Pagliacci, “La Traviata”, and “Rigoletto”.  In May of 2005, she held the first annual Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone competition, judged and co-supported by Placido Domingo.   In 2006, Ms. Fredricks co-founded the NYC Summer Intensive, “Making It On Broadway” with Jodie Langel. Ms. Fredricks teaches voice privately in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Her students have been seen in leading roles on Broadway, National Tours and world-wide. Ms. Fredricks is a member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA, and AGMA.     


Elizabeth Hastings  has had a diverse career in the field of opera and vocal music.  From 1996 to 1998 she headed the Apprentice Program of the Sarasota Opera Association and also served as Chorus Master.  She has conducted for the Toledo Opera, the Washington Opera, the Sarasota Opera and the New York City Opera National Touring Company, among others.  She conducted over 60 productions in her 25 seasons at the Highfield Theater on Cape Cod.  In 2005 she conducted The Mikado and The King and I for the University of Colorado at Boulder, followed by Madame Butterfly for the Harrisburg Opera and in 2010 she conducted Rossini's La Cenerentola with the Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.  She recently joined the faculty at NYU, and is currently Director of the Opera Studio at Queens College where she most recently served as conductor and stage director for Die Fledermaus and The Marriage of Figaro.  In September she will conduct Hansel and Gretel for Opera Theatre of Montclair.

Richard Nechamkin is a conductor, pianist, and vocal coach with a repertoire of over 75 operas.  He is currently the conductor/assistant conductor for Mississippi Opera, and assistant conductor of the Natchez Festival of Music.  He has been the conductor for the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Johanna Meier Opera Institute, New York Lyric Opera, New York Opera Theatre and Ottocento Opera Company. Previously, he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Y Sinfonietta.  Richard Nechamkin has been on staff at New York City Opera, New York Grand Opera, Hudson Valley Opera, and others.    He has accompanied Montserrat Caballe, Susanne Marsee, and Gabriella Tucci, and has played for the voice studios of Renata Scotto, Joshua Hecht, the Castels, and Gary Glaze.   He is the founder, artistic director, and conductor of New York Opera Forum.

Zoe Vandermeer is a dramatic coloratura soprano, harpist, and composer.   A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she is on the roster of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, and is a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund.  Her performance in Carnegie Hall took place as First Place Winner of the B. Alexander International Vocal Competition, and in London as Finalist of the London Young Artists Early Music Competition.   A proponent of the singers and vocal styles of the Baroque and Bel Canto eras, Ms. Vandermeer’s upcoming CDs ‘Handel’s Voice, Handel’s Harp’, and ‘The Voice of Jenny Lind’  in which she accompanies her singing on harp, will be released in 2019 with Centaur Records.   She has also recorded for Koch International.  Ms. Vandermeer has given performances of her original Baroque pastiche one woman opera ‘If Love Be the Food of Musick’ as well as solo concerts as an operatic singing harpist at international festivals in Europe, UK, US, Brazil, and with anticipation for a tour in Japan.  Ms. Vandermeer has performed oratorio and Mozart’s coloratura concert arias on both coasts, and her operatic roles include La Fée, Violetta, Queen of the Night, Waldvogel, Lakme, Olympia, Le Rossignol, Zerbinetta, Madame Gobineau, and Goddess of the Deep (Zoe’s Musical Fairy Tale).  Ms. Vandermeer’s original ‘Musical Fairy Tale’ has been compared to Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Secret Garden, Narnia, and Harry Potter; reviewer Melissa Harmon stated that ‘any fan of enchanting contemporary opera will fall victim to the genius found here’.  Ms. Vandermeer’s commissioned work ‘The Enchanted Nightingale’ scored for orchestra, chorus, and herself as the soprano soloist, premiered at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA.  Ms. Vandermeer has been a featured guest on numerous radio stations in the US and Scotland, and articles about her work can be found in the Classical Singer Magazine and the Swiss journal Harpa.  Ms. Vandermeer is the artistic director of Lyra New York.

Special thanks to our Adjudicators, Pianist, Michael Fennelly, reviewer Meche Kroop, and Australian photographer Phil Brown.

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