Ópera de San Miguel (OSM) is a registered Mexican non-profit associación civil dedicated to identifying and supporting Mexico’s most talented and promising young opera singers and, in the process, enriching the musical life of San Miguel de Allende. It awards scholarships, professional grants and performing opportunities through the annual Concurso San Miguel.
Amistad Canada’s support of OSM is part of our overall commitment to enhancing educational opportunities “by providing publicly-available scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance to students in Mexico.”
OSM Concurso competitors are chosen through a lengthy process of applications and national auditions. The 10 to 12 singers who are selected come to San Miguel for an intensive series of music, drama and language master classes and career counselling, all conducted by an eminent panel of internationally recognized opera experts. Their experience culminates in a usually sold-out concert at the historic Teatro Angela Peralta, where the winners are announced. As of 2017, the runner-up wins the Amistad Canada Second Prize, which helps the recipient further his or her education.
In addition to scholarships and grants, winners benefit from OSM-organized performances along with further auditions in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.
Recent winners have studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts (Philadelphia), Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo (Valencia), Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music (New York), Opera Studio of Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and the Opera Studio of Los Angeles Opera. As well, they have performed principal roles at Ópera de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Netherlands Touring Opera, Teatro Liceu (Barcelona), the Salzburg Festival, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia), Helikon Opera (Moscow), Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
And, in another Canadian connection: OSM has developed a close relationship with the Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Montreal. Each year winners of the two competitions perform joint concerts both there and in San Miguel.
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