Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners Perform

Posted on Mar 8 by SEASONS Magazine

Baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl, photo by Carlos Eric Lopez.

Baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl, photo by Carlos Eric Lopez.

The Music Academy of the West’s 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners perform at Hahn Hall (1070 Fairway Rd.) on Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. as part of their National Recital Tour.

The Marilyn Horne Song Competition has been held since 1997 and helps to launch the careers of young promising opera singers and pianists. Previous Marilyn Horne Song Competition vocal winners are performing leading and featured roles in major opera houses around the globe.

The 2016 winners of the competition, baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl, will perform an all-English language program including music of Barber, Hogan, Holst, Ireland, William Bolcom, and Music Academy 2017 Mosher Guest Artist Matthew Aucoin.

Baritone Ben Lowe is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles Herb Albert School of Music. He has been a featured soloist in many concert venues around the greater Los Angeles area, including Our Lady of Angels Cathedral, The Broad Stage, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. He studied with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West where he performed the role of Bonobo in the west coast premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature.

Pianist Madeline Slettedahl earned her master’s degree at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Her production work includes the role of rehearsal pianist for The Bartered Bride at Music Academy of the West under the baton of Matthew Aucoin, and rehearsal pianist for Opera in the Heights productions of Menotti’s operas The Telephone and The Medium. Slettedahl most recently participated in Carnegie Hall’s 2017 “The Song Continues” series in masterclasses by Marilyn Horne, Margo Garrett, and Dame Felicity Lott. She begins a two-year residency with the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago this May.

Visit musicacademy.org for tickets and more information.

—Victoria Tai Murphy

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