Monday, June 1, 2020

Finalists: OPERA PRODUCTIONS, 2019-20

The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time.

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 performance for 2019-20. 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.

(REMINDER: Because of the current national and international situation, many rules have been changed and requirements eased to make it easier to apply for The American Prize 2020-21, In addition, we will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, June 23, 2020. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, July 20, 2020. Visit for complete contest information.

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—professional division, 2019-20

Heartland Opera      
Rachel M. Harris
Joplin  MO      
La Boheme           

Queen City Opera     
Isaac Selya
Cincinnati OH
Pacific Opera Project
Josh Shaw 
Los Angeles  CA
Madame Butterfly / Magic Flute 

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—college/university division,  2019-20

Arizona State University Music Theatre    
Brian DeMaris              
Tempe    AZ 
Mass (Bernstein)
University of Missouri Rachel M. Harris
Kansas City  MO         
La Finta Giardiniera           

University of NC at Greensboro David Holley
Greensboro  NC        

Eklund Opera
University of Colorado       
Leigh Holman
Boulder  CO        
Eugene Onegin             

Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at
Louisiana State University   
Dugg McDonough            
Baton Rouge  LA      
Elizabeth Cree (Puts)              

Moores Opera Center
University of Houston       
Buck Ross 
Houston    TX    
School for Scandal (Nelson / Ross)               

The Crane School of Music   
SUNY Potsdam        
Kirk Severtson            
Potsdam    NY
MAYO (Cipullo)                     

Purchase Opera
SUNY Purchase      
Jacque Trussel, director / Margaret Vignola, assistant director
Hugh Murphy, conductor  
Confession / Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi                 

Lawrence University  
Copeland Woodruff             
Appleton   WI   
Mass (Bernstein)   


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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