Handel Aria Competition

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

Left to right: Maya Kherani, Kyle Tingzon, Sophie Michaux

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.  


2021 Program

8th Annual Handel Aria Competition Program

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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!

Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano

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

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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.