Brian Zeger to Chair Judges Panel for April 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

Brian Zeger to Chair Judges Panel for April 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the appointment of Brian Zeger as Chair of the Judges Panel for the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This season's competition will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the elegant setting of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

On the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1993 and Artistic Director of Vocal Arts at Juilliard since 2004, Dr. Zeger is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

As a performer, Dr. Zeger is a frequent recital partner and artistic collaborator to leading vocal artists including Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Marilyn Horne, René Pape, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joyce DiDonato, Bryn Terfel and Susan Graham.

Dr. Zeger has lent a distinguished musical presence to a variety of recordings for EMI Classics, Delos, Naxos, New World and Koch.

A polished broadcast professional and frequent guest on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, Dr. Zeger has also contributed critical essays for publications such as Opera News, Chamber Music Magazine and The Yale Review. He has participated in countless summer festivals: Ravinia, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Aldeburgh and Aspen, as well as the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival where he served as artistic director from 1993-2000. This native New Yorker has also adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Concert Artists Guild Auditions and the Walter W. Naumberg Vocal Competition.

Judges for the expanded 27th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition will be drawn from distinguished performers and opera administrators and will also include General Director & CEO Keith Cerny, Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and newly-appointed Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer.

The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, historically, has been focused on singers with Texas roots or academic connections, and its many distinguished alumni include Latonia Moore, Clifton Forbis, Marjorie Owens, Weston Hurt, Steven LaBrie and Jesus Garcia.

As the competition seeks to gain even greater prominence and significance, The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild are making two significant changes:

· First, in order to attract the most talented applicant pool, with the greatest potential, the eligibility criteria for applicants to the 2015 competition has changed. It will be open to residents of all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Competitors must be individuals aged 18 to 32 on the dates of the actual competition.

· Second, the Finals Round of the competition, which will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Winspear Opera House, will be accompanied for the first time by The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by TDO's acclaimed Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume. Up to six finalists will participate, singing two arias each.