Seattle Opera announced that it has selected the finalists for this year's International Wagner Competition, which will take place on 7 August:
Ric Furman, tenor
Suzanne Hendrix, mezzo-soprano
Roman Ialcic, bass-baritone
Kihun Yoon, baritone
Tamara Mancini, soprano
Kevin Ray, tenor
Issachah Savage, tenor
Marcy Stonikas, soprano
Sebastian Lang-Lessing will conduct.
alternates are: David Danholt, tenor and Helena Dix, soprano
Judges will be: Stephanie Blythe, Peter Kazaras, Bernd Loebe, Francois Rochaix, and Stephen Wadsworth will be the judges.
There will be two $25K prizes awarded by the judges, and $5K prizes for the audience favorite and the orchestra's choice.
Seattle audiences know Ric Furman from his Florestan in Fidelio and Froh in the 2013 Ring. Marcy Stonikas has sung Turandot, was Furman's Leonora/Fidelio, and will sing in "The Consul" in February-March. Tamara Mancini and Suzanne Hendrix were also Valkyries in the 2013 Ring. Kevin Ray has been cast a lot in Houston, where Issacha Savage made his debut as Radames last Fall. Roman Ialcic covered a couple of roles in the 2013 Seattle Ring.
This should be a very strong competition.