"I was first encouraged to audition for the Olga Forrai Foundation by a tenor colleague of mine, with whom I was singing Carmen, who knew I was about to embark on my first European audition tour.  I was just beginning to sing dramatic mezzo repertoire, and had a Santuzza coming that was my first foray into verismo.  I was at a point in my career where I was working regionally at good houses in America, but was having trouble as I was making the switch into this new Fach.  Most houses would not consider me for this repertoire until I had actually performed it, and was older, and so Europe was very attractive for someone like me needed to get their feet wet in new repertoire over many many performances.  I was in need of funds to prepare this new repertoire for my engagements in Europe, and I can actually say without the Olga Forrai Foundation that my career now would not be happening.  The Olga Forrai Foundation allowed me to be true to myself as an artist and make the big leap over the pond! It is such a worthwhile Foundation, and I just hope they all know how much they have meant to me”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             JENNIFER FEINSTEIN (mezzo-soprano)


''As a recipient of numerous Olga Forrai grants, the Olga Forrai Foundation was extremely helpful to me for my growth and development as a young opera singer. I was so impressed with the organization and the Board members for their passion for opera and their kindness and generosity, which I benefited from greatly. They gave me the opportunity to further my career in assisting with the expenses for auditioning, audition preparation such as coaching and voice lessons, and travel expenses. I am extremely grateful for all of the assistance the foundation has given to me, which has given me the opportunity to further pursue my career as an opera singer. I hope, one day soon, to be able to return the favor to the Olga Forrai Foundation to help future young and talented opera singers and their endeavors.''
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JOHN P. HUCKLE (bass)


"The Olga Forrai Foundation aided my career at just the right moment.  Though I had sufficient talent and lots of drive, opera companies simply didn't want to take a chance on my dramatic voice, because of my youth. The support offered by the Foundation helped me to get the coaching, lessons, and supplies essential to my success.  Now in my 5th and final year of grant eligibility, I look back on this half-decade with humility and immense gratitude for the Foundation's generosity."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CLAY HILLEY (tenor)


"I am so grateful to the Olga Forrai Foundation for all the encouragement and support which has made possible lessons and coaching to prepare for new roles and expand my repertoire to prepare for upcoming work. The Foundation's belief in my artistry is a true blessing."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KEVIN THOMPSON (bass)