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Washington National Opera: 2019 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: Soloman Howard in Concert
Named for the groundbreaking African American contralto, the Marian Anderson Vocal Award recognizes a young American singer in opera, oratorio, or recital repertory. Given annually by the Kennedy Center, the award offers a cash prize, a residency at Washingtons Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and a recital co-presented by WNO and the Kennedy Centers Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. Prior recipients include Ryan Speedo Green, Denyce Graves, Eric Owens, Lawrence Brownlee, Janai Brugger, John Holiday, and many others.
This years winner, Soloman Howard, is praised for his sonorous (The New York Times) and superhuman (The Denver Post) bass. Since graduating from our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in 2014, Soloman has performed on celebrated opera stages around the world from the Metropolitan Opera to Teatro Real de Madrid. Among many of Solomans WNO notable appearances include his role as the King in 2017s Aida and Frederick Douglass/Martin Luther King Jr. in 2015s Appomattox.