Read Operawire's Q& A with Hyesang


In doing fundraisers for the foundation, Ormazábal and company usually bring in past winners of the prize to sing. They had a few artists lined up but scheduling problems forced them out. Ormazábal had already encountered two young prospects from the program and had lined them up to perform instead. The singers were soprano Hyesang Park and tenor Kang Wang.

Their performances, at the Frick Collection, were beyond words for Ormazábal, who noted that they were the easy picks for the following two years, though he found it more difficult to figure out who would get the prize first.

“Hyesang was crazily good for someone that had just been coming to the Lindemann program,” he stated. “And then there was Kang Wang, who was simply the most beautiful tenor voice I have ever heard. I love Jon Vickers and others, but his is the most beautiful sound. It was pliant like DiStefano and Carreras with the size of Vickers. It was astonishing.”

“I simply fell in love with both of them.”

Wang would get the prize in 2017 with Park picked to be the winner in 2018.


"[As] Barbarina, Hyesang Park, made a strong impression, offering a smoky soprano and lively stage presence."-New York Classical Review

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