PARTNERS for the Arts 9th Opera Awards Competition (Virtual)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2022
1st Prize: $8,000; 2nd Prize: $4,000; 3rd Prize $2,000; Judges Special Award $1,000; Audience Prize Award $500; other finalists: $350.
Application fee $30
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Since 2013 PARTNERS for the Arts, Inc. has encouraged and promoted the career of emerging performing artists by sponsoring competitions and public presentations, promoted and interacted with performing arts organizations and schools of music in mutually beneficial activities, and collaborated with others to develop educational programs that nurture audience development and love of classical music and the arts.
Arts organizations such as Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Lafayette, Maryland Lyric Opera, Trinity Chamber Orchestra, UrbanArias, Virginia Opera, Washington Concert Opera, The National Philharmonic, Young Artist of America, Bulgarian Music Society, The Catholic University of America School of Music have partnered with PARTNERS for the Arts to better strengthen its mission.
Sample testimonials from past competition winners:
2021 Winners comments
Thank you! I am so beyond honored to be chosen as the first prize winner! Truly, thank you from the bottom of my heart, this means so much to me during this time! I appreciate all that you do, and the wonderful donors and patrons do for this esteemed competition
Thank you to the wonderful donors and patrons of the Partners for the Arts Inc. Competition! I am beyond honored and thrilled to have received the 2021 First Prize. Your generous financial support is critical to young artists like me as it alleviates the financial stresses related to our development, such as vocal studies, travel, living costs, and much more. In addition, this award will help further my impact as an artist in this world!
My sincerest gratitude to you all for your gracious support, especially during this harrowing time. Thank you!
"I am so very grateful for not only the financial support but also the emotional support as the prize money from this competition will further enable me to bring my love of opera and my vocal gifts to even greater audiences. Your faith in me, along with this award and recognition, encourages me to further pursue this challenging yet ever-rewarding career in opera and the performing arts. The money that I have been awarded will help enable me to perform nationwide, further hone my craft, and bring to the world the music that you and I both love so dearly."
Not every competition decided to go forward this year, but I am very fortunate that PARTNERS opted to hold this event. This opportunity provided me and other artists like me with much appreciated financial assistance and encouragement as we move forward in our careers."
Judges Special Award
I am very grateful for your generosity in a time we’re being generous is scarce. This award allows me to be able to continue my professional career as well as take some of the financial strain that has been COVID-19 off of my shoulders. So, I am very grateful for you and thank you.
Audience Prize Award
Thank you so much! I'm thrilled to have won this prize.
Having begun my vocal studies in DC, I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award. In the midst of great loss and uncertainty in our country and world, I am grateful for this award as I move into the next stage of my singing career.