Rose Sawvel, soprano originally from Denver, CO, was a Region Finalist in the 2012 - 2013 season. We first asked her what she has been up to since competing in the Eastern Region three years ago.
"Lots! Concert work includes Messiah, Elijah, Beethoven 9, Mahler 4, Mozart Requiem and Mozart Regina coeli K. 127, a Bernstein on Broadway concert narrated by Jamie Bernstein, and many others. New roles since I competed in the Eastern Region MONCA include Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Prince in The Little Prince, Marie in Daughter of the Regiment and Cunegonde in Candide."
The 2015 - 2016 season is just as busy, and includes the following roles: Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Amarillo Opera in Texas, The Prince in The Little Prince with Cincinnati Chamber Opera in Ohio, Marie in Daughter of the Regiment with Opera Fort Collins in Colorado, Amore in Orpheus and Eurydice with Brava! Opera Theater in Oregon.
Concert work for the 2015-16 season includes: headliner for Holiday Pops Concert with the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale in Texas and New Year's Eve Gala and soprano soloist in Beethoven 9 with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra in Colorado.
Opera Idols: What did participating in the National Council Auditions teach you? Has it changed your career?
Rose Sawvel: Firstly, that anything is possible when you have a team that really supports you. Secondly, that no matter how much practice and experience you have, there is still much to learn about opera, performing opera, and the business of opera.
This competition has validated me as a legitimate and serious performer.
OI: What was your experience like auditioning?
RS: I had previously competed in other regions. At the Eastern Region, I found everyone to be helpful and gracious. Mostly though, I think what makes the Eastern Region stand out is the lead up to and the follow up after the competition! Being featured on social media, the emails, etc. All levels and processes of this competition made a great experience!
OI: What advice would you give to this year's singers?
RS: 1) Only compete with yourself--what matters is that you do YOUR best, and that you learn something about yourself as a performer, 2) You are young, and there are many wonderful opportunities ahead of you. This is only one step along a much bigger journey.