2021-2022 Competition

We had a wonderful day of in-person singing at Transylvania University and we are pleased to announce the winners of the Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition.

The judges selected four singers to receive encouragement awards:

Kendra Beasley, mezzo-soprano    Madison, GA
Dorothy A. Carter Encouragement Award $500

Rachel Kobernick, soprano   West Chester, PA
Gail Robinson Encouragement Award $500

Candace Williams, soprano   Prince George’s County, MD
Encouragement Award $500

Hayley Maloney, soprano   Cincinnati, OH
Encouragement Award $500

Two singers will advance to the Central Region Competition on March 26, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois:

Victor Cardamone, tenor    Pittsburgh, PA
Kentucky District Winner, $1,500

Heidi Miller, soprano            Cincinnati, OH
Kentucky District Winner, $1,500

Photo by Sally Horowitz

Pictured L to R:
Front row: Candace Williams, Kristin Cowdin, Kendra Beasley, Rachel Kobernick
Back row: Heidi Miller, Kayley Maloney, Victor Cardamone, Kathleen Kelly, Karen Slack

Congratulations to all of the singers who performed to a delighted audience, thank you Transylvania University, thank you to our amazing team of OperaLex, Bravo Guild and UKOT volunteers who contributed their time to make the day a successful event, and a big thank you to our judges Kristin Cowdin, Kathleen Kelly and Karen Slack, and our fabulous pianist, Nan McSwain. We’re thrilled to be back being in the room together for a live audience!

For more information: Kentucky District page on: https://hub.yourresonance.com/organizations/kentucky-district


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