The Handel Aria Competition is an annual event dedicated to promoting the performance of Handel’s extensive vocal repertoire. This year’s event will be available everywhere via livestream.
The 9th Annual Handel Aria Competition
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Handel Aria Competition will take place on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm in the historic Grace Episcopal Church on the capitol square in Madison, Wisconsin. Here are the seven finalists, chosen from a field of over 110 applicants. Clockwise from upper left:
Hugh Davis, baritone
Joanne Evans, mezzo soprano
Omar Najmi, tenor
Katie Koester, soprano
Emily Donato, soprano
Logan Tanner, countertenor
Gabriela Estephanie Solís, mezzo soprano
The Winners of the 2021 Handel Aria Competition
Kyle Tingzon, countertenor, first prize
Sophie Michaux, mezzo soprano, second prize
Maya Kherani, soprano, third prize
2021 Final Round Judges
The judges for the final round of the 8th annual Handel Aria Competition were be countertenor John Holiday, opera director David Ronis, and Italian diction expert Alessandra Visconti.
The finalists in the 2021 Handel Aria Competition, with artistic director Sarah Brailey and judge David Ronis (far left) and judges John Holiday and Alessandra Visconti (far right) | Photo by Barry Lewis.
View the 2021 Competition on YouTube
We invite you to watch the exciting 8th annual Handel Aria Competition! The Madison Bach Musicians, with guest cellist Craig Trompeter of Haymarket Opera Company, accompanied our seven finalists as they each sing two arias by Handel. The singers are (in concert order): Maya Kherani, soprano; Bradley King, tenor; Paulina Francisco, soprano; Sophie Michaux, mezzo soprano; Hannah De Priest, soprano, Kyle Tingzon, countertenor; and Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano.
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The 2021 Finalists
For this year’s competition, finalists were chosen from a field of 150 applications from around the world. We look forward to welcoming them to Madison!
Hannah De Priest, soprano
Paulina Francisco, soprano
Maya Kherani, soprano
Bradley King, tenor
Sophie Michaux, mezzo-soprano
Kyle Tingzon, countertenor
The finalists in the 2021 Handel Aria Competition, with artistic director Sarah Brailey and judge David Ronis (far left) and judges John Holiday and Alessandra Visconti (far right). Photo by Barry Lewis.
Please Visit our Youtube Channel
See past performances by finalists and competition winners, along with our 2020 Virtual Gala.Visit Handel Aria on YouTube
Support Us with a donation which helps us support emerging singers throughout the competition process by underwriting travel grants and awards, as well as providing remuneration for competition judges and instrumental accompanists.