Soprano Claudia Rosenthal was a District Winner in the 2014 - 2015 season and received the Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the Region Finals in January.
If you want to see Claudia perform next, you will need to go to Pittsburgh. In September, she will be joining the Pittsburgh Opera as a Resident Artist for their 2015-16 season. She will be singing Amy in Adamo’s Little Women, Berta in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and covering Anne Truelove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Opera Idols: What did participating in the National Council Auditions teach you?
Claudia Rosenthal: The auditions taught me to trust my instincts when it comes to my repertoire choices. I tend to enjoy and excel at performing less traditional repertoire, and MONC showed me that I can succeed by singing what I sing best.
OI: How has participating changed your career?
CR: I became more confident in my auditions following the Districts, which in turn created more opportunities for me, both in competitions and in young artist programs. Having the Met Competition on your resume feels like a stamp on your passport, as if to say, “I went there…and I did something special!”
OI: What was your experience like auditioning?
CR: In such a high stakes competition with accompanying high stress emotions, experiencing the comraderie and goodwill among contestants (both at the Districts and the Regionals) was wonderful and refreshing. This congeniality, along with the knowledge and kindness of the volunteers who acted as monitors, allowed all the singers to give their best performances.
OI: What advice would you give to this year's applicants?
CR: Don’t listen to the other singers before you. Instead, take deep breaths, gather your thoughts, and then show everyone what you got!