The baritone winning streak appears to be continuing in the middle of the decade, as San Diego native Jeremy Johnson took the top prize at the 2015 Grand Concours Vocal Competition. You can check out his winning performance of Tower Scene from Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande below.
Second Prize went to soprano Alexandra Nowakowski and Third Prize to soprano Ashley Fabian.
Johnson is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where his roles included Schaunard in La Bohème and Gladhand in West Side Story. Johnson sang the role of Peter in the touring production of Don Freund's Romeo and Juliet, and has appeared as a featured soloist in Bach's Johannespassion and Liszt's Die Seligkeiten. He performed the roles of Maestro Spinelloccio and Ser Amantio in the Princeton Festival's production of Gianni Schicchi, and in Summer 2013 made his debut as a Young Artist at St Louis Opera Theatre. He sang the role of Schaunard in La Bohème with Opera Experience Southeast in May 2012 and January 2013.
The Franco-American Vocal Academy, which sponsors the competition, was founding in 1993 by tenor William Lewis and is affiliated with the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas.