Thursday, March 25, 2021

Semi-Finalists: OPERA COMPANIES, 2021

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

Enrico Caruso at Canio in I Pagliacci
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST opera ensembles for 2021. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists 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:

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts, unique in scope and structure. Founded in 2010, contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.     

We invite semi-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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—professional division, 2021

Rachel M. Harris 

Heartland Opera Theatre 

Joplin   MO

Gianni Schicchi / Suor Angelica

John Hoomes

Nashville Opera    

Nashville   TN

One Vote Won—Ragland

Erie Mills  

Livermore Valley Opera  

Livermore  CA

A Florentine Tragedy—Zemlinsky

Scott Skiba  

Cleveland Opera Theater 

Cleveland  OH   
La Boheme

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—college/university division,  2021
(Assuming enough applicants in the categories, the college/university division will be divided in the final round into two: "smaller program" and "larger program." Conductors will be contacted to confirm their placement.—DK)

Margaret Astrup 

Western Connecticut State University   

Danbury  CT   

The Tender Land

Melinda Brou   

Texas A&M University-Kingsville   

Kingsville    TX  


Marc P. Callahan    

UNC Opera

Chapel Hill   NC 

Il Sogno di Scipione—Mozart

Der Jasager—Weill

Nicholas Fahrenkrug

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music   

Appleton WI     

Dichterliebe—Within + Without

Tracelyn Gesteland   

University of South Dakota   

Vermillion    SD   


Melanie Helton 

Michigan State University Opera Theatre   

East Lansing  MI 

Orpheus in the Underworld

Darren P. Lawson 

Bob Jones University    

Greenville    SC   

Cosi fan tutte

Stella Markou 

University of Missouri- St. Louis 

St. Louis  MO   

The Medium

Pirates of Penzance

Dugg McDonough   

Louisiana State University   

Baton Rouge   LA   

Two Remain (Out of Darkness)—Heggie

Justin John Moniz  

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival   

Kamuela    HI


Little Women—Adamo

Samuel Mungo  

Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University    

Baltimore  MD 

Pride and Prejudice—Mechem

The Falling and the Rising—Redler

Marc Reynolds    

Texas State University  

San Marcos    TX   

Dido & Aeneas

La Curandera—Rodriguez

David Ronis  

University of Wisconsin-Madison  

Madison  WI   

Cosi fan tutte

Buck Ross   

Moores School of Music—U. of Houston  

Houston  TX   

Dinner at Eight—Bolcom

Scott Skiba 

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music  

Berea    OH   

Pelleas and Melisande

Jacque Trussel

Purchase Opera—State University of NY  

Purchase NY   

Dido & Aeneas

Copeland Woodruff    

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music   

Appleton WI   

The Marriage of Figaro



We invite semi-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 semi-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 finalists 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 semi-finalists.


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