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Burbank Philharmonic Young Artists Competition promotes future opera stars

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Soprano Julie Adams is the latest opera star of the future to win the singer-friendly Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Hennings-Fischer Foundation Young Artists Competition and add her name to an impressive roster of vocal category winners and finalists.

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Adams shared the 2014 top prize with instrumental category winner, violinist Heidi Hatch. Western Region Winner in the recent Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Adams goes on to compete in semi-final auditions later this month. The soprano attends the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Other Competition finalists and winners have gone on to enjoy remarkable honors and careers. Also a Metropolitan Opera National Council winner in the 2007 auditions, 2003 Hennings-Fischer Competition finalist Angela Meade made her professional debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2008.

Awarded the top prize in the Burbank Competition in 2008, Rena Harms was one of nine finalists selected to participate in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals in New York City. The Grand Finals are the culminating contest. Harms currently is performing at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater in Oldenburg, Germany.

Mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin, who won in 2004, is making sound waves world-wide as a recitalist, recording artist, in opera and as co-founder and associate artistic director of Ohana Arts in Honolulu, Hawaii. Throughout 2014 Rubin is performing in a national touring production based on her personal memoir titled, “Do You Dream in Color?”

Winner of the 2011 Competition, Jacquelynne Fontaine has been cast in the role of Carlotta Giudicelli for the 25th Anniversary Phantom of the Opera Broadway National Tour. Fontaine won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the San Diego District in 2010.

Other Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Hennings-Fischer Foundation Young Artists Competition vocal category winners and finalists to keep an eye on are Juhye Kim, Shira Renee Thomas, Narine Ojakhyan, Maria Dominique Lopez, Samantha Geraci-Yee, Kari Burgess, Natalie Erskine, Bernardo Bermudez and Anthony Whitson-Martini.

The 2015 Hennings-Fischer Foundation Young Artists Competition will be the 15th anniversary of the event. The live finals concert is free to the public. Steven Kerstein conducts the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra. Go to for more information.