Both Tack and Dell’Acqua study privately with Traverse City voice coach Jayne Sleder, as does soprano finalist Ella Bruining, a senior at Traverse City West Senior High. DeAgro-Ruopp studies with Scott Skiba at Interlochen Arts Academy.
The four area students are among 10 statewide finalists in the singing competition.
“This is a big deal,” said Sleder, who last year coached four of seven local finalists. “The ladies wear gowns, the guys wear tuxes. People buy tickets to this concert. For the winner it’s a $1,000 check in their pocket, and what kid doesn’t like that? A lot of the kids have gotten computers for college with it, and that’s huge.”
Former winners now perform with opera companies around the world including New York’s Metropolitan Opera and Milan’s La Scala.