This application closed on Sunday July 31, 2022.
The Young Patronesses of the Opera/Florida Grand Opera Voice Competition takes place in Coral Gables, Florida, on October 7 and 8, 2022. It provides financial aid to young opera singers who are pursuing careers as solo artists. This support may be applied to tuition at the undergraduate or graduate level, or may be used for any other expenses incurred in the pursuit or sustaining of a beginning career, such as role preparation, continuing vocal study, language study, publicity photos, or audition expenses.
The competition is held in two categories: Junior Young Artist (aged 20 to 25 as of July 31) and Senior Young Artist (aged 26 to 30 as of July 31). Singers must provide a repertoire list of five arias from the opera repertoire, with audio versions of two. You may optionally add a sixth selection from musical theater if this is an area that suits you.
The same repertoire must be used for all levels of the competition, so please make sure that the audio selections you submit with your application are pieces you are prepared to sing for the judges in October. You may update your repertoire list until the semi-final round begins, but you may not substitute either of the two pieces for which you submitted audio.
Current members of Florida Grand Opera's Young Artist Studio and chorus (2022 - 2023 season) are not eligible to participate in the competition.
Approximately 25 semifinalists will be invited to audition for the judges on Friday, October 7. Approximately 10 finalists will be invited to audition before the judges and a live audience on Saturday, October 8. All finalists will be awarded at least $1,000, with grand prizes of $10,000 (Senior) or $7,500 (Junior). Semifinalists who don't advance to the finals will receive a small stipend to help defray the costs of attending the competition.