The Sonora International Opera Competition Francisco Araiza is striving to become an important stepping stone in the careers of up and coming opera singers from around the world, recognizing Francisco Araiza, one of Mexico’s most respected tenors and featuring over $40,000 dollars in prize money plus spectacular performance prizes such as:
• Performing a role in an opera production at Oviedo Opera (Spain)
• Performing a role in an opera production at the National Opera Company of Fine Arts (Mexico City)
• Performing a role at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (New Orleans)
• Opera course at the Tenerife Opera Studio, all expenses paid (Spain)
• Direct audition at Teatro Real (Spain)
• Direct audition at Malaga Opera (Spain)
• Advanced Singing Technique Course at the International Music Academy Elena Obraztsova (Saint Petersburg)
• Advanced Opera Singing Master Class with Miquel Ortega (Europe)
• Artistic Management services by Solfa Management
The final stage of the competition will be carried out during the 15th edition of the Pitic International Festival, in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, from May 25-30, 2017, having its initial auditions in a few cities around the world such as: Madrid, Mexico City, New Orleans, Tenerife, Oviedo, Barcelona, Paris, Hermosillo, Saint Petersburg and Malaga.
All contestants from outside of Mexico will receive between 200 and 500 US dollars to aid their travel expenses to Mexico. Their room and board expenses will be covered by the organizing committee.
The application deadline is March 20, 2017.