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 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. Accompaniment will be provided by the Madison Bach Musicians under the direction of Trevor Stephenson.  The seven finalists will each perform two selections by Handel. For individual singer’s biographies, please click here.

HAC Finalists 2018 Poster

Tickets: General admission tickets will be available for $15 at the door.

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.  For more information about the 2017 competition, please click here.

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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Mary Gordon Photo of Nian Wang