Intl. Wagner Competition
A Special One-Night-Only Event
at McCaw Hall
On August 7, 2014, the world watched as an elite group of up-and-coming Wagnerians took the stage for our third International Wagner Competition. Accompanied by full orchestra, each finalist performed two selections from the Wagner canon. In addition to awards for orchestra and audience favorites, finalists competed for a total of $50,000 in cash prizes, awarded by a distinguished panel of judges.
Danish tenor David Danholt won the 2009 Reumert Talent Prize and was a finalist in the 2013 Wagner Society of England Competition. Last summer, he sang Claudio in Das Liebesverbot with Leipzig Opera in Bayreuth. He has since sung this role and Arindal in Die Feen in Leipzig. Other Wagner roles have included the Steersman in Der fliegende Holländer and the Young Seaman/Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde at Danish National Opera. He will sing Erik in Der fliegende Holländer for Florentine Opera Company in the fall. He has also sung Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Danish Opera, the title role in Idomeneo for Grange Park Opera, Jeník in The Bartered Bride at the Staatstheater Mainz, and SS Officer in The Passenger at the Teatro Real, Madrid. He trained at the Royal Academy of the Royal Theatre, and then in the soloist class of the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen.
Judges' Prize, Audience Choice, and Orchestra's Choice
Issachah Savage recently made his Tanglewood debut singing the finale to Act 2 of Aida with the Boston Symphony. Grand prize winner of the 2012 Marcello Giordani International Competition, Savage has received awards and career grants from the Wagner Societies of New York, Washington, D.C., and Northern California, and two first place prizes in the Liederkranz Foundation competition. Savage has performed Radames in Aida at Opera North Carolina and Houston Grand Opera. He has also participated in the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, the Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program, Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, and ACMA’s Wagner Theater program, where he performed scenes from Die Walküre, Parsifal, and Samson et Dalila. Next season, he makes his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Riccardo in Ernani, covers Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Canadian Opera Company, and performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orchestre national de Bordeaux.