The American Prize website, contestants for The American Prize in Vocal Performance (opera/operetta division), 2012, may also apply to be considered for the Chicago Opera Award, three $500 prizes (any voice type or fach is eligible) to be awarded as performance fees to opera soloists selected to appear under Maestro David Katz’s baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
The postmark deadline for The American Prize and the Chicago Opera Award is Monday, January 23, 2012.
WHO is ELIGIBLE: Applicants for The American Prize in Vocal Performance (opera/operetta division), 2012, in the professional and college/university categories, only.
WHAT is the PRIZE:
Winners will be featured in a concert of opera selections under the baton of Maestro David Katz and the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Wabash at Huron Streets, Chicago, on Wednesday evening May 16, 2012. (Dress rehearsal Tuesday evening, May 15, 2012, same location.) Each winner will receive a $500 all-inclusive fee (no additional housing, travel or per diem), payment to be made on the day of the performance.
The selection process for the Chicago Opera Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other. Maestro Katz expects to select the winners of the Chicago Opera Award by about March 20, 2012. The decisions of the judges are final.
There is no additional application fee for the Chicago Opera Award beyond the $35 fee to apply for The American Prize in Vocal Performance (opera/operetta division).
Although the Chicago Opera Award is an additional contest open to all professional and college/university applicants for The American Prize in Vocal Performance (opera/operetta division), 2012, it is geared primarily to those who live within comfortable travel distance of Chicago and who can make their own housing arrangements.
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Recent CBASO & Chorus vocal soloists have included sopranos Patrice Michaels and Kathleen Van de Graaff, tenors William Chamberlain and Ian McEuen, baritone Jacob Lassetter, and bass-baritone Peter van de Graaff.