World Class Talent Benefits Tulsa Opera

MAYORAL TREAT: Nicole Cabell, 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, recently performed for guests at a fundraising event at Mayor Kathy Taylor and Bill Lobeck’s home. Pictured from left are Monica Williford, Mollie Williford, Carol I. Crawford, Nicole Cabell, Mayor Kathy Taylor and Scott Filstrup, Tulsa Board Opera Chairman, and his wife, Margee Filstrup.

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and husband Bill Lobeck recently hosted Nicole Cabell, world class opera talent, and guests at their home in a fundraising event for the Tulsa Opera.

Cabell was the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition winner. The competition is one of the music world’s most high profile and lucrative competitions, with the winner taking home a handsome sum of more than $18,000 and appearing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera.

The competition, first held in 1983 to celebrate the opening of St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales, is now generally regarded as perhaps the most prestigious operatic competition in the world.

Cabell is a native of Panorama City, Calif., and studied at Eastman with John Maloy. She is a third-year member of Chicago’s Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, and in 2004 performed in many of the company’s various productions throughout the season.

Future plans for the singer include Orchestra Hall debut with the Chicago Symphony in A Child of Our Time, Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem with the Accedemia di Santa Cecillia in Rome and a Marilyn Horne Foundation recital in Little Rock, Ark.

Other awards for the singer include a first place finish in both the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and the Women’s Board of Chicago Vocal Competition. In 2002, her talents won her the Union League’s Rose M. Grundman Scholarship and the 2002 Farwell Award with the Woman’s Board of Chicago. More recently, Cabell earned first place in the American Opera Society competition in Chicago.

The fundraising event provided not only world-class entertainment, but an opportunity to support the Tulsa Opera, the 18th oldest opera company in North America which finds itself ranked among the top ten regional opera companies in the United States.

Updated 07-31-2006

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