The Handel Aria Competition is an annual event held in Madison, Wisconsin to promote the performance of Handel’s extensive vocal repertoire. Founders Dean and Orange Schroeder are enthusiasts of George Frideric Handel’s music and lifelong supporters of the arts.
The 2017 Competition
First prize in the 5th annual Handel Aria Competition went to mezzo-soprano Nian Wang, second prize and audience favorite to tenor Gene Stenger, and third prize to mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski. The competition judges for this year were Paul Rowe, Craig Trompeter and Alessandra Visconti. Photo by David Peterson.
The finalists in this year’s Handel Aria Competition were chosen from a field of over 100 singers:
• Johanna Bronk, mezzo-soprano from Boston, MA
• Brian Giebler, tenor from New York, NY
• Nicole Heinen, soprano from New Orleans, LA
• Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano from Brooklyn Center, MN
• Andrew Rader, countertenor from Bloomington, IN
• Gene Stenger, tenor from New Haven CT
• Nian Wang, mezzo-soprano from Nanjing, China
For more information about each singer, please go to the 2017 Finalists Page on this web site.
The 5th Annual Handel Aria Competition was held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Mills Concert Hall of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, 455 N Park Street. Finalists were accompanied by the Madison Bach Musicians under the direction of Trevor Stephenson. April 1 was the deadline for applying, and all auditions had to be submitted via YAP Tracker.
A suggested donation of $15 was asked at the door for this year’s Handel Aria Competition. Seating was by general admission.
Top image credit: New English Harpsichord after Thomas Barton, made in Somerset, England by Peter Barnes with a beautiful soundboard painting in the style of Coston by Jennifer Douglas.
Learn More and Get Involved
Contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Us with a donation which helps us support emerging singers throughout the competition process by underwriting travel grants and awards, as well as providing remuneration for competition judges and instrumental accompanists.
Check out our channel to see past performances by finalists and competition winners including 2016 First Prize Winner Eric Juerenas.