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Zenith Opera Competition is a new vocal competition established to showcase the talents of singers that are in the prime of their vocal prowess and are looking for more exposure in their opera careers.

The competition is open to singers of all nationalities. 
There are no age restrictions for the applicants.  
Singers of the highest caliber are encouraged to apply. 

The jury of the Semi Finals and Finals are recognized international professionals in the world of opera including international casting directors, young artist program directors, and artist managers.

At the judges’ discretion, cash awards will be awarded to First, Second, and Third place winners; Encouragement Awards may also be given. Semi-Finalists and Finalists will be eligible to receive professional development awards.

The Competition

Virtual: No travel required. Audition from your own home, or the location of your choosing 


The competition will have three rounds.

  1. Qualifying round: video submissions of two (2) contrasting arias (Recordings should be reflective of current vocal ability). 30 singers will be selected by our preliminary panel.
  2. Semi-Final round: Those 30 singers will sing one (1) aria of their choosing for our Semi-Final panel of judges. Each singer will get 10 minutes and may include part of a second aria, if their first aria is less than 5 minutes.
  3. Finals: 8 singers will be selected from the Semi-Final round to sing two (2) arias for our Finals panel. First, Second, and Third place and any additional prizes will be given at the end of the Finals in our Awards Ceremony.

Accompaniment for Semi-Final and Finals rounds:
Using a live pianist is encouraged. If that is not an option, using a backtrack will be acceptable.

What’s Included for Semi-Finalists:
Private session to coordinate your technological setup for maximum quality.
An opportunity to be heard by agents, casting directors, esteemed conductors and opera singers. Access to professional development opportunities.


Qualifying round: Completed applications must be received by April 23, 2021
Semi-Finals: Saturday May 15, 2021 17:00 CET
Finals: Sunday May 23, 2021 19:00 CET

The top three finalists will be awarded a cash prize. 

First: $2000
Second: $1000
Third: $500

Every finalist will receive a special award and professional development opportunity, to be determined by the producers and the panel. 

We are honored by your interest in our mission and are looking forward to hearing you sing!

Winners of the 2021 Zenith Opera Competition

Many thanks to the judges: Rolando Garza Rodriguez, Rebecca Davis, Maya Barsacq, Sandra Hormozi, Monica Thakkar, David Lomeli, Boris Ignatov, Christina Scheppelmann, Samuel Krum and Gregory Kunde


Qualifying Round

Conductor & Vocal Coach

Conductor, Composer, Vocal Coach & Zenith Opera Competition co-director

Soprano, CEO of SoftlyLoud Artist Consulting & Zenith Opera Competition co-director

Semi Final Round

Artist Manager at Encompass Artist Management

Conductor, Composer, Vocal Coach & Zenith Opera Competition co-director

Soprano, CEO of SoftlyLoud Artist Consulting & Zenith Opera Competition co-director

Monica Thakkar

Artistic Administrator at Opera San Jose

Rolando Garza Rodriguez

Vocal Coach & Studienleiter at Theater Bremen


Tenor & Conductor

General Director at Seattle Opera

Oper Stuttgart Casting Director

Chief Artistic Officer at Santa Fe Opera, Artistic Coordinator at Dallas Opera & Casting Consultant at Bayerische Staatsoper

Senior Artist Manager at Robert Gilder & Co.