Vocal Competition Application

Eligibility, Requirements & Procedures

Application deadline is January 31, 2020 at midnight.

  • Applications must be submitted online
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee is required

Important Dates

January 31, 2020: Applications CLOSE at midnight

Early February, 2020: Preliminary round

Mid-February, 2020: Semi-Finalists notified

April 4, 2020: Semi-Final round

April 5, 2020: Final round


Prizes total more than $10,000, with each finalist receiving from $1,000 to $3,500. 


Applicants must be at least 20 and no more than 35 years of age as of April 1 of the contest year and not currently, previously or anticipated to be under professional management during the competition period.

Applicants must be residents or students in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey or New York for at least 6 months, including application date and through completion of the competition. Proof of residency or enrollment may be required. Applicants must be available in person for both the SEMI-FINAL and FINAL Rounds.

Previous first-place winners of the Competition are not eligible to enter.


The PRELIMINARY Round will be a “blind” review in which applicants will be identified only by application number and voice type.

PRELIMINARY Round is by submission of 3 arias, MP3/4 only (audio only – no video). More than one language is preferred, but English is not required for the preliminaries. Repertoire for this round need not be the same as for the SEMI-FINAL and FINAL Rounds. 

SEMI-FINAL and FINAL Rounds: All applicants must submit a list of five memorized operatic arias. All arias must be in their original language and key. At least three different languages must be represented, including English.

Arias must be contrasting in style, tempi and range and no more than five minutes in length. The judges may interrupt arias lasting longer than five minutes.

Annapolis Opera will provide the accompanist for the Semi-Final Round and Finals Round.

Dress for contestants in SEMI-FINALS is business attire: Men – suit; Women – suit or business dress.

Dress for contestants in FINALS is formal: Men – tuxedo; Women – long gown.

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