Luigi Enriquez, Luther College senior from Racine, Wisconsin, is the 2016-17 recipient of the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize. As part of the award, Enriquez will perform a recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
A reception will follow the performance. Both the recital and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Enriquez, the son of Jose and Chonna Enriquez of Racine, Wisconsin, is majoring in music at Luther. He is a 2013 graduate of Washington Park High School.
The recital includes works by Johannes Brahms, Francesco Cilea, Gabriel Fauré, Moses Hogan, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Ben Moore, Emile Paladilhe, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi. Enriquez is a student of Jill Phillips, alumni guest lecturer in music, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, visiting assistant professor of music. He will collaborate with Shaneyfelt, piano, and Jamie Webb, soprano, during the performance.
Enriquez is the fifteenth recipient of Luther's annual Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Prize for Opera Performance. The prize, a $5,000 cash award, was established and is funded by a gift from Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos of Atherton, California. Alan Brudos, a 1955 Luther graduate and a regent emeritus, is former chair of the Luther Board of Regents.
The purpose of the award is to assist talented students with the extraordinary expenses involved in the preparation and pursuit of careers in opera performance. Selection is based on the student's quality of vocal performance and promise of an operatic career.
The Brudos Prize is one of the largest awards given for excellence in music at Luther College.
Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.