Vocal Competition

MetroWest Opera 7th Annual Vocal Competition for Emerging Artists



MetroWest Opera was created to provide quality and professional performance opportunities for emerging young opera singers, while enriching the arts community in Boston’s MetroWest area. Since 2008, MetroWest Opera has delighted audiences with operas such as Massenet’s Cendrillon, Mozart’s Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Mozart’s The Impresario, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Moore’s Gallantry. More recently MetroWest Opera has presented Bizet’s Carmen, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and in 2016 Mark Adamo’s Little Women.  MetroWest Opera is always seeking new ways to expand upon our mission, and thus the Annual Vocal Competition was born seven years ago!

What makes the MWO Vocal Competition unique is that every applicant is guaranteed an audition, and each participant will receive individualized, written feedback from the adjudicators.

* Please read through everything below before filling out the application.  Applications are now due Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM.  Please note that all application transactions are final and non-refundable *

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Prizes – Vocal Competition for Emerging Artists

  • First Prize: $600 and a lead role in MetroWest Opera’s 2017-2018 season
  • Second Prize: $400
  • Third Prize $300
  • Encouragement Award $200


Emerging Artists: Singers aged 20-35 (at the time of the final round)


PRELIMINARY ROUND – Friday, March 31  & Saturday April 1
The Preliminary Round will consist of a live audition in front of three to four judges, who will provide written feedback for each singer upon request.  (Each year we get around 100 to 125 applicants, and every single one is offered an audition).

Emerging Artists:  Be prepared to offer 4 arias in at least 3 languages, one of which must be Italian.

Friday March 31

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM – PRELIMS
Boston University College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 216, Boston, MA 02215
Adjudicators: Marjorie Melnick, Dana Lynne Varga, and Kevin Wilson

Saturday April 1
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM – PRELIMS

Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114
Adjudicators: Cassandra Lovering, Dana Lynne Varga, and Kevin Wilson

FINAL ROUND (CONCERT) – Saturday April 1

10-14 singers will be selected as finalists for the Final Round Concert. The final round will be presented to the public as a concert at Old West Church in Boston, (131 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA), on Saturday April 1 from 7:00PM to 9:00 PM. 

Finalists should arrive at least 30 minutes before the concert, and should plan to wear formal attire (gowns and tuxedos). Be prepared to offer the same repertoire requirements as the preliminary round.  Pianist: Yukiko Oba (or you may bring your own).

Saturday April 1

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Emerging Artists Final Round Concert
Old West Church in Boston
131 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114
Adjudicators: Penelope Bitzas, Damien Franceour-Kzryzek, and Barbara Quintiliani


All applications must be filled out directly on the MetroWest Opera website. Click here for the MetroWest Opera Vocal Competition for Emerging Artists Application. Your application is not complete until you have submitted the nonrefundable application fee of $40.  In order to submit the application via the MetroWest Opera website, you must first make the non-refundable $40 application payment by clicking on the paypal icon directly below the application.  Be sure to follow the instructions to make the payment, AND also then be sure to enter the paypal transaction ID # in the denoted field of the application itself–this is a 16 digit to 18 digit number also called the reference number. The completed application and $40 payment are due no later than March 27th, 2017 (at 11:59PM).  When selected for the preliminary round, please remember to bring an 8×10 headshot with you to your audition.  If you have any issue with the application process please email metrowestopera@gmail.com.

MWO wants to offer a special thanks to all of our 2016 Vocal Competition Participants and Winners!

MetroWest Opera 6th Annual Vocal Competition – Click here to view the winners!


We want to thank our 2016/2017 Season Sponsor

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