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Meadows Vocalist Dee Donasco Named A District Winner of Opera Council Audition, Competes in Regional

Ms. Donasco, coloratura soprano, was named one of 8 district winners and then qualified as a finalist at regional level

Coloratura soprano Dee Donasco, a current Performer’s Diploma candidate in the Division of Music, was named one of eight District winners in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on January 22 in San Antonio, Tex., competing in a field of 42 other singers. The following day, she was a finalist in the Regional level auditions where first prize was taken by recent Meadows alum Juan José de León. In the competition Donasco sang “Aer tranquillo e di sereni” from Mozart’s Il re pastore, “Tornami a vagheggiar” from Händel’s Alcina and “Du gai soleil” from Massenet’s Werther. Donasco, a native of the Philippines, grew up in Corpus Christi, where she pursued an undergraduate degree in science at Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi, before discovering her gift as a singing actor. Donasco has sung leading roles in Meadows Opera Theatre productions of The Tender Land and Il re pastore and is currently featured in the role of Euridice in Offenbach’s operetta Orpheus in the Underworld with MOT. She has won first prize in the San Antonio Opera Vocal Competition, the Tuesday Music Club Vocal Competition and the Meadows Concerto Competition, and second prize in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition. She made her debut last summer with Opera North as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and at the Georgetown Festival of the Arts as Laurie in The Tender Land. Donasco, who received her M.M. in voice from Meadows in 2010, is a two-season member of the Dallas Opera/SMU Emerging Artist Program and a student of Dale Dietert.

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