In Opera, Students

Siblings Mary and Jonah Hoskins are both pursuing professional opera careers following full-time missionary service. (Courtesy of Todd Hoskins)

Mary Hoskins, 26, and her younger brother, 22-year-old Jonah Hoskins, are both rising talents in what many consider the most demanding genre of vocal performance. This year, the two Hoskinses have participated, or will soon participate, in some of the United States’ most elite opera competitions for young talents.

“They are great kids who will do wonderful things,” said Isaac Hurtado, a voice professor and opera director at Utah Valley University who began working with the siblings when they were teenagers.

Mary recently reached the semifinals of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City after claiming top honors at the Rocky Mountain Regional Auditions. Meanwhile, Jonah is a finalist in the 2019 Lotte Lenya Competition being held April 13 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Competing at that level, they both agree, is scary, nerve-wracking and exhilarating — all at the same time.

Read the full story at the Church News website.

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