PREMIERE OPERA FOUNDATION + NYIOP
2019 INTERNATIONAL VOCAL COMPETITION & PROFESSIONAL CASTING AUDITIONS!

OUR THIRD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL VOCAL COMPETITION, AND THIS YEAR
WE ARE TEAMING UP WITH NYIOP TO CREATE THE WORLD'S FIRST
COMPETITION & PROFESSIONAL CASTING AUDITION ALL-IN-ONE!

“Two Industry-Changing Organizations Unite to Create an
Amazing Opportunity to Win Prizes PLUS be Professionally Cast!”

 
In 2017 and 2018, the PREMIERE OPERA FOUNDATION, founded by Eric Margiore, began New York City’s First Major International Vocal Competition. The competition boasted No Age Limit and No Citizenship Restrictions, and was comprised of jury members including the world-famous conductor, Maestro Richard Bonynge, internationally-renowned sopranos Barbara Frittoli, Aprile Millo, and Catherine Malfitano, super-agents Jack Mastroianni and Ken Benson, as well as collaborations with many other major international operatic cognoscenti, and with the renowned Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. In this short time, Premiere Opera Foundation has burst on the scene, and has given away over $50,000 worth in prizes and opportunities to artists who took part in their offerings.

For 18 seasons, NYIOP, founded by David Blackburn, has been bringing the world of casting directors to New York City and select international cities, to cast upcoming seasons and scout artists for the future. NYIOP has generated 1000+ contracts for its singers, many of whom are today, major up-and-coming international stars of the stage. Through collaborations with 150+ opera houses and opera festivals, NYIOP prides itself in discovering new artists, and markets for opera singers worldwide.

NOW, in 2019, we are very excited to be combining our efforts and services to create this amazing hybrid of forces - bringing to you a truly exclusive and never before World-Class and intensely focused opportunity of the highest International level. One Audition Process - International Vocal Competition and NYIOP Audition - in New York City - guaranteed prizes worth more than $25,000 and endless Casting Opportunities for Real Professional Contracts.

ALSO, Premiere Opera Foundation will hold a Professional Development Seminar, as well as a Masterclasses series during the competition week with distinguished Career Consultants, Master Teachers, and Experts. Last year’s line-up included world-famous Maestro - Richard Bonynge, world-renowned soprano - Barbara Frittoli, Maestro Collaboratore of Teatro alla Scala - Beatrice Benzi, and Italian Stage Director - Mario Corradi.

This is the ONLY Major International Vocal Competition plus Mainstage Casting Auditions All-in-One; No Age Limit & No Citizenship Restrictions, steps away from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City!


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CHECK OUT BELOW, ALL THE DETAILS OF OUR OFFERING!


INTERNATIONAL VOCAL COMPETITION & PROFESSIONAL CASTING AUDITIONS

FORMAT: The Competition starts with our Qualifying Round (Online Yap Tracker Application Submissions including Audio/Video), and then our three (3) Live Rounds (subdivided into “First Live Round”, “Semi-Finals/NYC NYIOPs”, and “Finals”).

QUALIFYING ROUND: Submission of materials online through our Yap Tracker Application. $65 Early Bird Application Fee (by October 25th) or $75 Regular Application Fee (by November 15th - the final deadline). Each application will be reviewed by our Qualifying Round Jury of Industry Professionals, and the decision of the panel will be final. 

Qualifying Round Jury:

KEN BENSON President - Ken Benson Artists, Consultant - The Juilliard School, former Vice-President - Columbia Artists Management

BEATRICE BENZI Vocal Coach & Accompanist - Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Accademia Teatro alla Scala, (IYDV) Institute for Young Dramatic Voices

DANIEL BIAGGI Interim Artistic Director - Portland Opera, Artistic Advisor - Atkins Young Artist Program Mariinsky Theater, former General Director - Palm Beach Opera 

DAVID BLACKBURN Founder - NYIOP Auditions, Chief Consultant - Bolshoi Opera Young Artists Program, Professional Career Consultant - Internationale Opernstudio Opernhaus Zürich, International Strategic Consultant - Ibáñez-Atkinson Foundation

ERIC MARGIORE Internationally Acclaimed Tenor, Founder & General Director - Premiere Opera Foundation, Premiere Artists Management, Premiere Vocal Arts Institute

GERALD MARTIN MOORE Vocal & Artistic Consultant - Glyndebourne Festival, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute Song Studio, Curtis Institute of Music, Decca Records

CONSTANTINE ORBELIAN Artistic Director - Armenian National Opera Yerevan, Chief Conductor - Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Delos Records, Grammy Award Nominee, former Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic


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FIRST LIVE ROUND
: December 2nd and 3rd. Up to 170 singers will be chosen to be heard LIVE in New York City from the Qualifying Round online submissions. You will sing in a superb venue with first-class pianists to accompany you, that we will provide.

AS part of our service to you, ALL participants
in the Live Rounds will receive:

  • PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY VIDEO of each audition from every Live Round sung, to be uploaded digitally, after the competition is completed, for your personal promotional and marketing material.

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR: December 4th. Career & Business Panel discussion, as well as a Q & A session, both of which are open to ALL Live Round participants. (Seminar Panel to be announced by October 25th).

*The seminar will conclude with a LIVE FEEDBACK session with selected First Live Round Jury members as the panel, ONLY for those who sing in the First Live Round that DO NOT advance to the Semi-Finals round. A typewritten PROFESSIONAL FEEDBACK SUMMARY will be available upon request, after the competition is completed, for each Live Round participant that is not part of the Live Feedback session.

As part of our service to you ALL participants
in Live Rounds will be considered for:

  • PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS & CAREER ADVANCEMENT opportunities at every stage of competition.

  • MASTERCLASSES: December 4th. Up to 20 singers will be chosen by the Qualifying Round panel to participate in a series of Public Masterclasses that will be Webcast Live. Repertoire chosen will be from the four (4) arias listed on your competition application. (Master Teachers will be announced by October 25th).

  • PAID OPPORTUNITIES from Premiere Opera Foundation for future Concerts & Recitals, as well as participation in the Foundation’s masterclasses worldwide.

*A $200 Live Round Fee is due from ALL participants who are invited to present themselves on stage and in person for the Live Rounds, thus putting themselves in position to benefit from the entire value of our offerings. Payments for this fee will be done through the NYIOP website and details will be provided to each singer directly once they are chosen.

**The Live Round Fee covers Travel, Housing, and Administrative Costs for all Live Round Juries, Masterclass Teachers, and Panel Members, as well as venues for all Live Rounds. Those who are not chosen to sing live do not subsidize the Live Round costs.

First Live Round Jury:

DANIEL BIAGGI Interim Artistic Director - Portland Opera, Artistic Advisor - Atkins Young Artist Program Mariinsky Theater, former General Director - Palm Beach Opera

DAVID BLACKBURN Founder - NYIOP Auditions, Chief Consultant - Bolshoi Opera Young Artists Program, Professional Career Consultant - Internationale Opernstudio Opernhaus Zürich, International Strategic Consultant - Ibáñez-Atkinson Foundation

SCOTT GUZIELEK Vice President & General Manager - (AVA) Academy of Vocal Arts, former Director of Artistic Operations - Palm Beach Opera, former Artistic Administrator - Washington National Opera

ERIC MARGIORE Internationally Acclaimed Tenor, Founder & General Director - Premiere Opera Foundation, Premiere Vocal Arts Institute, Premiere Artists Management

GERALD MARTIN MOORE Vocal & Artistic Consultant - Glyndebourne Festival, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute Song Studio, Curtis Institute of Music, Decca Records

GAYLETHA NICHOLS Director - Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers, former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

CONSTANTINE ORBELIAN Artistic Director - Armenian National Opera Yerevan, Chief Conductor - Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Delos Records, Grammy Award Nominee, former Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic

LENORE ROSENBERG Music Administrator - Spoleto Festival USA, former Associate Artistic Administrator - Metropolitan Opera


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SEMI-FINALS / NYC NYIOPs
: December 5th and 6th. Up to 90 singers will be chosen to advance from the First Live round. ALL Semi-Finalists will be heard by the Entire Panel of International Casting Directors invited to attend the auditions by NYIOP.

THIS ROUND OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE THE NYC NYIOP AUDITIONS for December, 2019.

The Theaters and Festivals in attendance will be hearing these singers to CAST for upcoming seasons as well as to act as members of the competition jury. They will be offering real, paid, professional contracts as well as deciding which artists pass to the Final Round. (The Semi-Finals/NYC NYIOP Jury will be announced by October 25th).


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FINALS
: December 7th. Up to 20 singers will be chosen for the Finals Round Live Concert, open to the public, just steps from Lincoln Center in New York City, to compete for $25,000 worth in prizes and awards. (The Finals Jury will be announced by October 25th).

The Finals Round Concert will be Broadcast Live on the @360ofopera Instagram account for the first time ever!

There will be Professional Observers in attendance for the finals. Numerous singers’ agents and representatives from New York City, as well as International opera and concert houses.

Our Winner’s Reception will be held directly after the Finals Concert with opportunity to network with the Finals Round Jury, and invited special guests.


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PRIZES & AWARDS:

1st PRIZE: $10,000

2nd PRIZE: $5,000

3rd PRIZE: $2,500

We will grant over $25,000 worth in prizes, awards, and unparalleled opportunities.
Aside from our top three prizes, we will grant an Audience Favorite Prize, and multiple Encouragement Grants, as well as special Consultation Prizes, Scholarships for intensive voice study in Italy, and more.

All Finalists who do not receive an award will receive a cash honorarium.

Multiple Professional Casting/Contract Opportunities.

Professional Quality Video Footage.

Winners will have the opportunity to be presented in NYC again,
if they are available for our Winners Concert in 2020.

We are honored by your interest and look forward
to receiving your application! Toi, Toi, Toi!