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Meadows Voice Student Debuts With Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Soprano Dee Donasco performed in sold-out New Year's Eve concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center

Soprano Dee Donasco, who earned a Master of Music degree in vocal performance at SMU in 2010 and is currently working on her Performer's Diploma as a student of Dale Dietert, made her Dallas Symphony Orchestra debut on New Year's Eve in a sold-out concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Donasco sang two Russian arias by Rimsky-Korsakov and Voices of Spring by Johann Strauss, receiving a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.

Donasco was a 2011 regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Southwest Region). Her other awards and honors include first prize from the Meadows School's 2009 Annual Concerto Competition, the 2007 San Antonio Opera Vocal Competition and the 2006 Tuesday Musical Club Vocal Competition (San Antonio). She was also awarded second prize in the 2009 Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition in Voice and the 2007 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. In addition, she received the inaugural Ben K. Howard Excellence in Opera award from SMU (2010) and third prize from the 2010 Lois Alba Aria Competition, and was a finalist in the 2010 Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Voice Competition. She was a member of the Dallas Opera/SMU Emerging Artists Program for three consecutive seasons and was also a recipient of a full artistic scholarship from the Meadows School.

Donasco will sing the role of Susanna in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with the Meadows Opera Theatre February 2-5. She is due to receive her Performer’s Diploma in May, and has just been selected to be an Apprentice Artist at the prestigious Chautauqua Opera Festival in summer 2012.

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