Opera San Jose, in association with Arts Management Services of San Francisco, presents the Eighth Annual Irene Dalis Vocal Competition at the California Theatre.
Dan Montez, the noted tenor and artistic director of the Taconic Opera who was interviewed by me in 2010, will be one of three finalist judges in this vocal competition. Before leaving for San Jose`, Mr. Montez announced that he will also be there to say farewell in a special tribute event to his mentor and diva extraordinaire Irene Dalis, who is stepping down as OSJ General Director, and he declared: “The opera world will feel this loss as will I. She has been such an inspiration to me throughout my life.”
Ten finalists will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes: First prize ($15,000), second prize ($10,000) and third prize ($5,000.) In addition, a $5,000 prize for Audience Favorite will be selected by voting during the final intermission. The remaining seven contenders will receive $2,000 each as Encouragement awards.To purchase tickets ($50 and $150), call the OSJ Box Office at (408) 437-4450.