Announced on December 17, 2018
Milan McCray, senior vocal performance major at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music enjoyed a major success at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. The summer program ended with The Meistersinger Opera Competition performed at Helmut-List-Halle on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
Milan was one of eight finalists chosen from a field of more than 60 singers. Judges for the competition include: Barbara Bonney, internationally renowned soprano and professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg; Linda Watson, famed Wagnerian soprano who performs regularly at the Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, The Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera to name a few; and Stephanie Wippel, casting director at the Vienna State Opera. Miss McCray performed Io son l’umile ancella from Act 1 of Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea. She was accompanied by the AIMS Festival Orchestra.