Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists of 2019!
Michael Butler, Sophie Caplin, Michele Navarro Currenti, Jeremy Harr, Ann-Marie Iocoviello, Shafali Jolata, Alexia Mate, Abigail Raiford, Laura Stanell, Yu-jen Tsai
Megan Brunning, Ivy Calvert, Yoo Ri Clark, Amanda Fink, Allison Gish, Kerry Holohan, Suzanne Karpov, Min Sang Kim, Sarah Lucille Law, Chelsea Lehnea, Nina Marchese, Alize Rozsynai, Meagan Sill, Alina Tamborini
Thank you for your interest in the first annual Camille Coloratura Awards in Memoriam of Camille Julig Herman.
It is with pleasure that this award is offered to students, professionals and accomplished singers who delight and excel in the art of coloratura repertoire.
Whether you knew my mom as Camille Julig, Camille MacEnulty or Camille Herman there were several things that were readily apparent. She was a beautiful singer! As a young opera student as Eastman School of Music she cultivated her signature shimmering high notes and facile coloratura passages that delighted future audiences for decades. She was influenced by Roberta Peters, Maria Callas and Beverly Sills whom she listened to on the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts every Saturday afternoon. Although her professional career was shorter than she anticipated due to the commitments of marriage and motherhood she nevertheless created music in her life everywhere she went.
Another thing that was apparent about my mother was that she was a leader and adamant supporter of the arts. Whether founding a madrigal group in St. Louis, MO, presiding over a chapter of Sweet Adelines in Dallas, TX, or helping fund-raise for choral and small opera companies, Camille put her passion for singing and singers at the forefront of her life.
It is with this spirit that I honor her legacy with this Award. As my mom liked to quote:
"If music be the food of love, play on!"