2023 National Opera Competition

PARTNERS for the Arts, Inc.

2023 10th National Opera Competition

Deadline for application and video submission:
February 28, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Early Submission of Applications is highly encouraged.

Open to singers ages 25 to 35 as of April 30, 2023

Preliminaries and semifinal rounds will be done virtually
Final Round Live: April 30, 2023, Washington D.C.

We partner with Acceptd to host our applications.

Create an account by visiting our Acceptd landing page to learn more
and to begin an application.

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Applicants can apply for a waiver of this application fee by submitting financial.
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1st Prize – $10,000; 2nd Prize – $5,000; 3rd Prize – $2,500;
Audience Choice Award – $1,000
Finalists’ Travel Expenses $500

A panel of professional opera experts will judge the preliminaries,
Semifinals and Final rounds of the competition.
The decision of the judges is final.

PARTNERS may elect to hold the competitions’ finals using Acceptd if Covid restrictions are in place. We will continue to monitor government policy changes, Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, government mandates, and public health notices and make changes as necessary or appropriate to ensure the safety of staff, artists, and the public. Applicants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before their live audition on April 30, 2023. PARTNERS may need to see proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).


  • Applicants must be between the ages of 25 to 35 as of April 30, 2023
  • Past 1st prize PARTNERS’ Competition winners are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must show proof of legal residency in the United States or proof of full-time enrollment in a university, college, or conservatory in the United States before being permitted to enter the competition. Federal and Virginia state laws require tax to be withheld on money won as prizes by non-U.S. citizens.

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Application Uploads

  • Proof of age must be submitted – passport or driver’s license
  • Non-US citizens: proof of full-time enrollment in a university, college, or conservatory in the United States.
  • Headshot
  • Résumé
  • Video/Recording
  • Winners of PARTNERS awards will be asked to complete a W-9 form.

Résumé Information

Pay particular attention to providing details on your résumé about:

  • Your education and degrees earned.
  • Teachers, coaches, and conductors with whom you have worked.
  • Your performance experiences. Please include dates and place them alongside each item.
  • Your apprentice programs attended, and awards received.

Video Information

  • Videos must be recorded within six (6) months of the application deadline and made without acoustical enhancement or amplification.
  • Each aria should be filmed/uploaded with no extra effects added (e.g., editing, lip-synching, etc.).
  • Applicants should send a video with four (4) opera arias, showing contrasting content and styles, representing the Classical, Romantic, and Modern historical periods, in four (4) languages, one of which must be in English.
  • No oratorio.
  • Total time including all selections, must be no more than 15 minutes.
  • Your name, the date the recording was made, the aria’s title, the aria duration (minutes), the name of the composer, and the duration of each selection on your video must be listed.
  • A backing track of your aria should accompany all singing. You may use tracks made by your accompanist, a purchased recorded accompaniment, or a live pianist.
  • Please treat your video as if it were a LIVE competition.
  • Test your recording before submission.
  • High-resolution videos are recommended.
  • Video recordings should be made in a well-lit space.
  • Smartphone or laptop recordings are acceptable (horizontal orientation is best).
  • If possible, using an external microphone will ensure the highest audio quality.
  • The camera must be placed so that your face and upper body are always in the frame.
  • Professional attire is suggested for the video.  Formal concert attire is required for the final round of the competition.

You will be judged on your VOCAL QUALITY (Musicianship, Technique, Diction, Size of Voice, Appropriateness of Repertoire) AND ON COMMUNICATION OF TEXT/ROLE (understanding of the aria, the text, the character of the role, and placement of the aria within the opera)