Sophomore Lillian Groth selected as finalist for the 2019 Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition at Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan

Sophomore Lillian Groth has been selected as one of the ten finalists for the 2019 Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students at Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan. She will perform live at the Concert of the Finalists on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at the Italian American Banquet Center of Livonia. Each finalist will receive a professional coaching session from MOT’s coach, Ms. Tessa Hartle, at the Detroit Opera House. When asked about how she feels about this news, Lillian stated, “I am really excited and feel very grateful for this opportunity!”

Principal Ann Diamond applauds Lillian for this great achievement and says, “Lillian Groth is a talented and intelligent young woman. She has a beautiful voice and such stage presence that I’m always amazed when I see her perform.”

Lillian is a member of the National Honor Society, Choral Ensemble, The Regina Players, and the De La Salle Wig and Mask Society and Show Choir. She is a seasoned vocalist and has had roles in musicals at Regina High School, De La Salle Collegiate, and Grosse Pointe Theater. Most recently, she played The Narrator in De La Salle’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” She also frequently cantors at St. Joan of Arc Parish in St. Clair Shores during weekend masses.

In addition, Lillian will be representing Regina High School at State Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 13, 2019, after receiving a perfect score in vocal performance at the district level. She explains that “When I am on stage, it feels like home. I am very comfortable in front of people and like to share my talents.”

The Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students was started in 1995 and is held annually, in cooperation with the Italian American Club of Livonia, the IACL Charitable Foundation, and the Italian American Cultural Society of Clinton Township, alternately each year at their respective facilities. The event has earned a reputation as the state's top singing competition for high school classical and opera vocalists.

The Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan/Statue of Enrico Caruso Society, established in 1988, is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the development of promising young opera singers, as well as to promoting appreciation of the music of Giuseppe Verdi and other composers of opera and popular music for the theater. This is done through opera presentations, exhibits, concerts, vocal competitions, scholarships, and dinner-theater performances. One of the aims of the Verdi Opera is to promote goodwill and friendship among all people through music, for everyone's enjoyments and cultural enrichment.