November 1, 2013
Kempson Wins 2013-14 Sullivan Foundation Award

The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation awarded seven $15,000 grants to young artists who auditioned for the Foundation at Opera America’s National Opera Center in New York on October 27 & 28, 2013. In addition to these cash awards, for the next five years winners receive Preparation Grants for new roles which are one of the unique features of the Sullivan program.

Winners of $15,000 awards and continuing assistance starting in 2014 are: sopranos Alexandra LoBianco and Ying Fang, counter-tenors Eric Jurenas and Christopher Lowrey, baritones Will Liverman and Jamez McCorkle, and bass-baritone Joseph Barron. Will Liverman’s award is named for Theodor Uppman, the famed baritone who was a longtime member of the Board of the Foundation; Jamez McCorkle’s award is named for mezzo Betty Allen, also a longtime member of the Foundation’s board. Alexandra LoBianco and Ying Fang received awards honoring former board members Gail Robinson and Rose Bampton.

Six singers received $7500 Career Development Awards: soprano Ashley Emerson, Baritones Dan Kempson and Wes Mason, and basses Matthew Anchel, Ryan Green, and Adam Lau.

Judges for 2013 were well-known soprano Christine Brewer, Charles MacKay, general director of the Santa Fe Opera, Craig Rutenberg, director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera, and Anthony Fogg, Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony.

These winners now join the current roster of artists who have won Sullivan awards in previous years, all of whom may apply to the Foundation for grants for preparing new roles in opera or other works with full orchestra.

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