Baritone John Brancy Wins Montreal Voice Competition (Art Song)

The Montreal Voice Competition (#CMIM2018) has come to a close and baritone John Brancy took home the top prize in the art song competition earning him a prize valued at $89,500!!
Here’s the prize breakdown for John:
‘Léopold Simoneau’ First Prize $30,000
offered by the John R. Stratton Trust +
‘James Norcop’ Career Development Grant $50,000 +
Residency offered by the
Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity $2,500
French Mélodie Award $5,000
offered by Diane Loeb
Finalist in Aria Competition $2,000

HIGH RES IMAGES OF JOHN AND PETER (contact me for credits)

Check out John and his collaborator, Peter Dugan’s rendition of Schubert’s Du bist die Ruh posted by the UK’s ClassicFM:

“John Brancy, the star of a stratospheric competition…On a vocal level, schematically, Brancy is a Gerald Finley in his 30’s”
-Le Devoir

“American baritone John Brancy took it to another level and stole the show.”
-La Scena Musicale

“[John Brancy] & Peter Dugan understood how to captivate the audience,
building a program that crescendoed to a grand finale with Rachmaninov’s Zdes Khorocho & Vesennié vody.” -La Scena Musicale

Baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan have been redefining the art song recital since making their critically acclaimed debut of A Silent Night at the Kennedy Center in 2014. Hailed by The Washington Post as “so refreshingly, marvelously different,” that program pays homage to the centennial of World War I through the music of composers who lived through, fought in, and died in the Great War.

As official commemorative partners of The United States World War I Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, Mission du Centenaire, Brancy and Dugan recently performed at an event for foreign and American dignitaries. Commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI, In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace took place at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.

*photo credit: Tam Lan Truong