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. Tickets will be available at the door – please click on this link if you’d like to preorder yours. Please note that for the safety of our singers, masks will be required.

Livestream tickets are available on a pay-as-you-can basis here.

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


2022 Final Round Judges

The judges for the final round of the 9th annual Handel Aria Competition will be dramaturg Roger Pines, HAC founding Artistic Director Cheryl Bensman-Rowe, and Haymarket Opera Company General Director Chase Hopkins.

Please support our competition by bidding in our online auction from August 13-21, 2022.


2022 Program


Please Visit our YouTube Channel

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See past performances by finalists and competition winners, along with our 2020 Virtual Gala.


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.