The Sullivan Foundation seeks exceptionally talented young opera singers who are still taking early steps but show promise for significant careers. Winners receive initial awards ($10,000 each in 2018) and then are eligible for additional role preparation grants in future years, a unique feature of the Foundation's support.
2019 auditions will be held in New York on November 10 and 11; applications are due on September 10. The application requires a letter of support, which must also be received by the deadline, so singers are encouraged to submit their materials early.
Established through the estate of attorney William Matheus Sullivan, a Metropolitan Opera patron, the Foundation has provided grants to more than 1000 singers since 1957, One recent winner calls the prize "a major turning point in my career." Another says "the support I have received has proved to be crucial in the preparation of my new roles -- thanks to The Sullivan Foundation, I am able to achieve my best."
Applicants must have completed their academic training.
They should have sung at least one engagement with a known opera company, orchestra, or other organization using full orchestral accompaniment.
They must submit a copy of a contract or letter of intent for an upcoming professional (paid) engagement with full orchestra (not a cover) that opens after the auditions.
Singers coming to the end of full-year Young Artist Programs may be chosen to audition for Sullivan awards; if they are winners, their eligibility for Role Preparation Grants can be deferred.
Please contact Executive Director Maria Schlafly with any questions. (646) 883-2742 or firstname.lastname@example.org