Last Sunday was a good day to be a Johnson from Jackson in the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre's Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition.
Taking home the graduate grand prize of $10,000 plus full tuition and a graduate assistantship was Dione N. Johnson of Jackson, Tenn. She was also the recipient of the Kentucky Opera Prize guaranteeing her a main stage role in a future production by the Louisville company.
The second graduate prize of $7,500 plus full tuition and a graduate assistantship went to Byron Johnson of Jackson, Miss.
In the undergraduate division, first prize of $5,000 and full tuition went to Elizabeth Maurey, a soprano from Brazil, Ind. Second prize of $2,500 and full tuition went to Keymon Murrah of Louisville.
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This was the fourth annual edition of the competition, designed to attract students to UK's voice program. Students must come to UK to receive the prizes. The impact of the event can be seen throughout the UK Opera Theatre's current production of Lucia di Lammermoor; numerous leading singers are Alltech winners including David Bellamy Baker, Bruce Bean and Megan McCauley, who sings Lucia in one of the casts of the production, which closes Saturday night.