Deadline: Wednesday January 31, 2024
The Young Patronesses of the Opera/Florida Grand Opera Voice Competition takes place in Coral Gables, Florida, on April 19 and 20, 2024. 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 January 31) and Senior Young Artist (aged 26 to 30 as of January 31). Singers must provide a repertoire list of five arias from the opera repertoire, with audio or vidio versions of two. You may optionally add a sixth selection from musical theater if this is an area that suits you. Although this is an opera competition, there is the opportunity to compete for one Musical Theater award.
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 April. You may update your repertoire list until the semifinal round begins, but you may not substitute either of the two pieces for which you submitted audio.
Current employees, including members of Florida Grand Opera's Young Artist Studio and chorus (2023 - 2024 season) are not eligible to participate in the competition.
Up to 25 semifinalists will be invited to audition for the judges on Friday, April 19. Approximately 10 finalists will be invited to audition before the judges and a live audience on Saturday, April 20. 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.