Opera NEO Vocal Competition 2020





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The Opera NEO Vocal Competition was created to support and discover the new generation of emerging, young opera singers. It is geared towards emerging professional singers in the early stages of their careers and advanced voice students with serious aspirations for a career in Opera. The competition is open to all voice types. It will consist of three rounds: the preliminary round will be conducted via online video submission; the semi-finals and finals are held in San Diego, California.


San Diego, CA, USA

Palisades Presbyterian Church

6301 Birchwood St, San Diego, CA 92120

Date and times:

Friday, June 5, 2020

2:00-5:30pm - Semi-Finals  

5:30-7:00 Dinner break/deliberations

7:00-9:00 Singer feedback with the judges

(Singers notified of results by 10:00pm)

Saturday, June 6, 2020
2:00-4:00pm - Finals (voting)
6:00pm-7:30pm - Award Ceremony and Winners' Concert

Palisades Presbyterian Church - Sanctuary
6301 Birchwood Street San Diego, CA 92120


Judges for the Semifinal and Final Rounds:

Brenda Harris, Metropolitan Opera Soprano

David Bennett, General Director, San Diego Opera

Peter Kozma, Artistic Director, Opera NEO

Korey Barrett, Pianist, Music Director of Opera NEO


First Place: $3,000

Second Place: $2,000

Third Place: $1,000

Audience Choice: $500

"Nathan Ward" Memorial Award: $500

Audition Requirements:

All materials must be submitted via YapTracker.com

For the preliminary round of the competition please submit unedited video recordings of 2 operatic arias; one aria must be from the 18th century.


If selected to advance, applicants should prepare five operatic arias to perform in the semifinals and finals, including one by W. A. Mozart and one by G. F. Handel. There are no language requirements.

Application Fee: $39


Contact Information:

For further questions or information about the competition, please contact Peter Kozma, artistic director at admin@operaneo.com.

The Final Round and the Winner's Gala Concert are open to public and the audience is encouraged to VOTE for the recipient of the "AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD" winner.

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Opera NEO Vocal Competition 2020 is Canceled


We are saddened to announce that the 2020 Opera NEO Vocal Competition is canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our artists, audience, and community.

We remain committed to recognizing, celebrating, and supporting the next generation of operatic artists, and we are looking forward to hearing applications next year!

All application fees for the 2020 Vocal Competition are refunded.

Please contact us at admin@operaneo.com with any questions.