The 32nd Annual Vocal Competition

Dear Friends and Patrons of the Vocal Competition:

The Board of Trustees, in accordance with the guidelines now in place in Maryland, has postponed the Annual Vocal Competition scheduled for April 4 and 5, 2020. 

We are sure that this is not a surprise given all that we have learned over the past week, and the changing circumstances of the COVID-19 virus, which is now in Anne Arundel County.

Because we are very serious about the health and safety of our participants and our patrons, this was the best approach for all involved based on the information that we currently have.

The Trustees of the Executive Committee and the Vocal Competition Committee will meet in the coming days to evaluate how to best move forward with the competition and will post updates to our website when a plan has been made.


Kathy Swekel
General Director
Annapolis Opera

For over 30 years, Annapolis Opera’s Vocal Competition has given opera students and young professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region the opportunity to hone their craft by performing for a blue-ribbon panel of judges comprised of respected music educators and opera performers. It also gives Artistic Director Ronald J. Gretz a chance to discover new talent for upcoming Annapolis Opera productions. The competition is fierce, with the eight finalists selected from more than 100 outstanding applicants! Prizes total more than $10,000, with each finalist receiving from $1,000 to $5,000.

Held at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the competition spans a weekend, with both semi-finals and finals open to the public, and is FREE, due to a generous grant from The Helena Foundation, Jim and Sylvia Earl.

Semi-Finals: Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 10 AM
Finals: Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Congratulations to the 2020 Semi-Finalists!

  • Rachel Blaustein, soprano
    Zarah Brock, soprano
    Mandy Brown, soprano
    Katerina Burton, soprano
    Michael Butler, tenor
    Ryan Capozzo, tenor
    Hyunho Cho, tenor
    Bryn Holdsworth, soprano
    William Hughes, baritone
    Shafali Jalota, soprano

  • Chadol Kim, baritone
    Ji Hye Kim, soprano
    Jaeyeon Kim, soprano
    Gretchen Krupp, mezzo-soprano
    Maria Marquis, soprano
    Bryce McClendon, countertenor
    William Meinert, bass
    Shin-Yeong Noh, soprano
    Alexandra Nowakowski, soprano
    Amanda Palmeiro, soprano

  • Yulan Piao, soprano
    Elizabeth Reeves, soprano
    Ashley Robillard, soprano
    Mikayla Sager, soprano
    Elisabeth Slaten, soprano
    James Smidt, tenor
    Yasmine Swanson, soprano
    Catherine Swindle, soprano
    Alina Tamborini, soprano
    Benjamin Werley, tenor