Four Winners Named in 2017-18 Utah District
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Christopher Oglesby, Miriam Costa-Jackson, Arielle Nachtigal, and Addison Marlor were named winners of the 2017-18 Utah District Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) held in Salt Lake City on November 11, 2017. The competition included 27 singers and was held in Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah Campus. Each of the four Utah District winners received a cash prize of $1,000 and will compete with the winners of the Colorado-Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico districts at the Rocky Mountain Regional auditions on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30 PM in the Newman Center at the University of Denver.
(left to right) Christopher Oglesby, Miriam Costa-Jackson, Arielle Nachtigal,
Addison Marlor, Charity Cooper, Solomon Reynolds, Mary Hoskins
The judges also awarded three encouragement awards of $500 each to judges also awarded three encouragement awards of $500 each to uragement awards of $500 each to Charity Cooper, Solomon Reynolds, and Mary Hoskins. Two singers tied for Audience Choice--Christopher Oglesby and Addison Marlor.
Christopher Oglesby, a 28 year-old tenor and native of Woodstock, Georgia, earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Lee University in 2012 and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of North Texas in 2016. He is currently a Utah Opera Resident Artist where he was recently featured in the season opening gala, An Evening with Renée Fleming, will be a soloist at the upcoming Utah Symphony Messiah Sing-In concerts, and will sing in Utah Opera’s March production of Gianni Schicchi.
Miriam Costa-Jackson, a 28 year-old soprano and native of Sandy, Utah, has studied vocal music at Utah State University and Brigham Young University. She was a member of the Young Artist Program at Utah Festival Opera and participated in the VOICExperience at Disney with Sherrill Milnes. She will be featured with her sisters Ginger Costa-Jackson and Marina Costa-Jackson in a concert presented by Sun Valley Opera on January 18, 2018.
Arielle Nachtigal, a 26 year-old soprano and native of Missoula, Montana, earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Montana in 2014 and a Master of Music in vocal performance and literature from Eastman School of Music in 2016. She has participated in young artist programs with the Ohio Light Opera and Si parla, si canta in Urbania, Italy.
Addison Marlor, a 27 year old tenor and native of Salt Lake City, Utah earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance Utah Valley University in 2016 and is currently a vocal performance major at the University of Utah working toward a Master of Music degree. He participated in San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera program in the summer of 2017 and in the Castleton Artist Training Seminar in 2013 and 2015.
Charity Cooper is a 22 year-old mezzo-soprano and native of Layton, Utah who is currently a vocal music student at Snow College.
Solomon Reynolds is a 23 year-old tenor and native of Houston, Texas who is currently a vocal music student at Brigham Young University.
Mary Hoskins is a 25 year-old soprano and native of Saratoga Springs, Utah who is currently a vocal music student at Brigham Young University.
The MONC Utah District Auditions are supported in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, BYU Broadcasting, and the University of Utah School of Music.