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Our 2003 winner is Caitlin Vincent. A native of Seattle, Washington, soprano Caitlin Vincent has been praised for her "sparkling" tone and pristine coloratura. Hailed as a "lovely performer" with "exemplary stage presence," she made her international debut in 2007 as Amour in Clerambault's solo cantata "Amour pique par une abeille" at Le Mois Moliere in Versailles, France. Caitlin has received first place honors from the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (PAFE) and both MD/DC/VA and Pacific Northwest chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition. She has been presented with scholarships from the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the Lake Washington Singers, as well as two professional grants from The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association. While studying for her Master's degree in vocal performance at the Peabody Institute, Ms. Vincent was the recipient of two Peabody Career Development Grants, second place in the Frost School of Music at Salzburg Recital Competition, and the prestigious George Woodhead Prize for Voice. In June 2012 Caitlin participated in the Professional Program of SongFest at Colburn (located in Los Angeles), where she performed in masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, Amy Burton, and John Musto. SongFest is an intense program that focuses on the art of song, learning from experts in the field of classical art song.
Recent opera roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Belinda and 1st Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Dew Fairy/Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Sister Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, L'ecureuil in L'enfant et les Sortileges, and Rose Maybud in Ruddigore. In April 2011, Caitlin premiered the role of Janey in Paul Mathews' opera Piecing it Apart, a performance for which she was described as a "standout" by Sequenza21. Equally praised for her interpretations of concert repertoire, Caitlin has performed as soprano soloist in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate and Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi's Magnificat, Handel's motet Silete Vente, and Bach's Cantata Nos. 51, 96, and 211.
In June 2009, Caitlin founded The Figaro Project (www.thefigaroproject.com), an opera troupe dedicated to creating performance opportunities for emerging singers and presenting opera in accessible ways. A classically-trained ballet dancer, Caitlin holds degrees from Harvard University and the Peabody Conservatory. For more information, please visit www.caitlinvincent.com.