Wednesday, July 24, 2019

FINALISTS: opera production, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL FINALISTS in opera production for 2018-19. Congratulations!

Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email:

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.
We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until  
Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

(REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of  
Monday, July 1, 2019, with extensions available by email request. (

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—professional division,

Chicago Fringe Opera
George Cederquist
Chicago IL  
Ross Crean: The Great God Pan
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Justin John Moniz
Waimea HI  
The Mikado
Queen City Opera
Isaac Selya
Cincinnati OH 
Don Giovanni

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—college/university division,  2018-19

Morningside College
Taylor Clemens
Sean Burton conductor
Sioux City IA  
Dido and Aeneas
Arizona State University
Brian DeMaris
Mark Alpizar and Kamna Gupta conductors
Tempe AZ 
Les mamelles de Tiresias
Michigan State University
Melanie Helton
Lansing MI  
Hansel & Gretel

University of NC Greensboro
David Holley
Greensboro NC  
Die Zauberflote
University of Alabama
Paul Houghtaling
Tuscaloosa AL
Jeremy Gill: Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain; Handel: Semele 

Bob Jones University
Darren P. Lawson
Michael Moore/Jeffery Stegall
Greenville SC 
Lucia di Lammermoor
Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU
Dugg McDonough
Baton Rouge
David T. Little: Dog Days
Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU
Dugg McDonough
Baton Rouge LA  
The Cunning Little Vixen

UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute
Nicholas Muni
Winston-Salem NC  
Constant: Impressions de Pelleas
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Tian Hui Ng
South Hadley MA  
Bode Omojola: Irin Ajo
Lawrence University
Copeland Woodruff
Appleton WI 
Le Comte Ory


We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble has just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing results in the division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.

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