Accepted into Pittsburgh Young Artist Program
Second-year artist-diploma student Zara Barrett has been invited to
participate in the Pittsburgh Opera Young Artist program's 2001-02
season, which will include productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni,
Strauss' Salome, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Weill's
Street Scene, and Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
"This program is a very important part of my future," says
Barrett, a Chelmer, Australia, native who studies voice with Richard
Miller, Wheeler Professor of Music. "A young-artist program lets
you continue to learn and explore as a performer and singer, while
at the same time allowing you to make contacts that will lead to further
Pittsburgh Opera is only one of Barrett's recent successes. She was
alternate winner in the voice semi-finals of the Sorantin Young Artist
Competition in November and placed first at the Cleveland District
2000 Metropolitan Opera Guild Competition, advancing in January to
the regional competition, held in Pittsburgh.
The opportunity to be heard is the main benefit of competitions, says
Barrett. "It's a great way to expose others in the business to
my voice and show them what I can do."
Miller praises Barrett's abilities. "She is a very strong singer,
a strong musician, and an expressive and vivacious communicator. All
of these talents come through in her singing and should provide her
with some great opportunities."
After graduating in May, Barrett will take part in the Glimmerglass
Opera Young American Artists summer program before beginning the Pittsburgh
Opera program in the fall.
-Charity Lofthouse '99
Artist Diploma Student Takes Third Place in International
Pianist Giacomo Battarino '02, an artist-diploma student from Genoa,
Italy, took third place at the Los Angeles Liszt Competition in November.
His prize includes an invitation to perform two solo recitals this
spring in Los Angeles and in Santa Barbara but Oberlin
audiences heard him in April, when he presented his artist-diploma
competed with 97 others in his division, performing "Harmonies
du soir" from the Twelve Etudes, "Au Bord d'une Source"
from Années de pélerinage, and Spanish Rhapsody
in this, his first U.S. competition.
Battarino is no stranger to competing internationally. In Italy, he
won first prize in two international competitions, Genova 1997 and
the Trofeo Città di Casarza Ligure in June 2000, among other
Battarino holds a piano diploma from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in
Milan, a diploma on scientific studies from Liceo Scientifico G. Marconi
in Genoa, and a first in English from Cambridge University.
He began his Oberlin studies with Professor of Piano Sedmara Zakarian
Rutstein in the fall of 2000, after working with the late Gaelyne
Gabora at Oberlin-at-Casalmaggiore for five years.
Oberlin's reputation and the friends he made at Casalmaggiore drew
him here, as did the opportunity to study the Russian technique with
"People here tell me, You're from one of the best places
in the world' and wonder why I've come here, to Oberlin, Ohio,"
he says. "I really love Oberlin and I consider it a great place
that offers the best. We don't have this in Italy the amazing
library here and the amazing opportunities. Probably, after I finish
at Oberlin, I will return to Italy, but I will be talking about the
-Jennifer Spitulnik '01
Adam Schoenberg Wins ASCAP Award
Adam Schoenberg, a junior composition major and piano performance
minor, spent part of last summer studying the film scores of Italian
composers in Florence, Italy. He was not merely on holiday; as an
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation
2000 award winner, he had received a fellowship from New York University's
film school. The ASCAP award was presented at Lincoln Center in December.
In addition to examining the works of Nino Rota (The Godfather),
Gabriel Yared (The Talented Mr. Ripley), and Ennio Morricone
(The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Schoenberg learned the technical
processes of fitting music to film.
Schoenberg studies with Professor of Composition and Music Theory
Randolph Coleman and Assistant Professor of Composition Anna Rubin.
Calling him "a very motivated student," Rubin says Schoenberg
"addresses the tasks that are given him, but always with his
Schoenberg submitted three original recordings for the ASCAP competition:
Darklight, a work for solo cello performed by Conservatory
senior Kivie Cahn-Lipman; Life, a digital piece; and the first
movement of a string quartet, Woman in Red, performed by the
Enesco Quartet, a student ensemble.
After pursuing a graduate degree, Schoenberg plans a career scoring
-Marci Janas '91
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