There will be great music in the air at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, when Young Patronesses of the Opera and the Florida Grand Opera present the 27th Annual YPO Voice Competition. The program will feature popular and significant arias sung by some of today’s brightest young talents.
“We are not only looking to provide new opportunities for budding opera singers," said Lucie Spieler, chairwoman of the YPO Voice Competition. "We also want to give the community the chance to experience their talent and fall in love with opera, whether for the first time or all over again."
Hundreds of young singers entered the competition, which was later narrowed to 35 semifinalists set to audition on Friday. On Saturday, a hand-picked group of 12 finalists will perform at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Arsht Center. Each of the finalists will perform and compete for $46,000 in prizes, some of which include: the Senior Young Artist division (ages 26-30) grand prize of $8,000; the Junior Young Artist (ages 20-25) division grand prize of $7,000; the Troy Moss Memorial prize of $5,000; the Audience Favorite prize of $1,000, for which ticket buyers will have the chance to vote.
Judges for the 2013 competition include, Andrew Bisantz, music director of Eugene Opera and an American conductor with extensive credits leading national orchestras and opera companies throughout the country; Gerald Martin Moore, pianist, conductor and vocal coach, who works with several notable singers; and Maria Zouves, soprano and founder and director of V.O.I.C.Experience in Tampa and associate director of Opera Tampa.
Tickets available to the public start as low as $10 each.
American Cancer Society Gala is Saturday
The American Cancer Society’s 2013 Centennial Gala will be Saturday at the Trump Doral Golf Resort and Spa. To celebrate the 100 years of progress in the fight against cancer, the event will feature food and live entertainment.
It will begin with a cocktail reception, silent auction and red-carpet at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 8:30 p.m.
Carnival Cruise Lines will be recognized as the event’s honoree for their dedication to the fight against cancer and their philanthropic partnership with the American Cancer society Dade Unit.
Tables for the gala range from $5,000 to $50,000. for more information call Carmen Piles, director of Leadership Giving at 305-779-2861 or, email@example.com.
Donation aids kids with disabilities
We know our children are in good hands when we have people like Miami-Dade County School Board member Raquel Regalado working for them, Recently Regalado was able to secure a $10,000 donation from the Humana Foundation to help build new Sensory Rooms for students who have disabilities.
According to Regalado’s aide Ana Herrera, Regalado worked tirelessly on the project that will optimize the lives of special-education students in the Dade County Public Schools district.
"It is a dream come true for Ms. Regalado," Herrera said. "With this donation, we will be able to set up new Sensory rooms for three of our neediest schools. We are now working toward obtaining more donations to bring the Sensory Rooms to more schools."
Teen organizes Holocaust commemoration
Hats off to David Broide, a junior at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach, who earlier this month organized a schoolwide initiative to remind his fellow classmates of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah.