The 6th Annual Handel Aria Competition


The Handel Aria Competition is an annual event held in Madison, Wisconsin to promote the performance of Handel’s extensive vocal repertoire.  

The 6th Annual Handel Aria Competition finals will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Mills Concert Hall  of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, 455 N Park Street. Audition information will be posted in early January. April 1 will be the deadline, and all auditions must be submitted via YAP Tracker.

We hope you’ll join us for the announcement of this year’s finalists, as well as a performance of some favorite Handel aria and duets, on Wednesday, April 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spaight Street, Madison.  More details to follow.

HAC 2017 Winners

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. Finalists were accompanied by the Madison Bach Musicians under the direction of Trevor Stephenson.  [Photo by David Peterson.]

The finalists in the 2017 Handel Aria Competition, 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

Handel Aria Competition 2017 Finalist Poster Final CopyFor more information about each singer, please go to the 2017 Finalists Page on this web site.


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.

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Check out our channelYouTube Logo to see past performances by finalists and competition winners including 2017 First Prize Winner Nian Wang.

Mary Gordon Photo of Nian Wang