The 7th 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 7th annual Handel Aria Competition will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Mills Concert Hall  of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music.  The finalists will each perform two arias by Handel, with accompaniment provided by the Madison Bach Musicians under the direction of Trevor Stephenson.  

Tickets will be available for $15 each, general admission, at the door.  Parking opportunities are noted on this map – we suggest the lot under Grainger Hall (enter on North Brooks Street) or the City of Madison State Street Campus Garage (enter on North Lake Street). 

The 7 finalists for this year’s competition were chosen from a field of 100 singers from 5 countries. They are, from upper left:

• Emily Yocum Black, soprano
• Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone
• Katherine Cecelia Peck, soprano
• Scott J. Brunscheen, tenor
• Sarah Moyer, soprano
• Morgan Balfour, soprano
• Ryne Cherry, baritone

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Exciting news: We are delighted to announce a new cooperative initiative with the esteemed London Handel Festival! Our 2019 Handel Aria Competition first prize winner will be invited to give a Lunchtime Recital in Handel’s own parish church, St George’s in Hanover Square, next spring. We’ll provide a travel grant of up to $750, and the London Handel Festival will arrange for a home stay in London as well as professional accompaniment.

The 6th Handel Aria Competition took place on June 8, 2018.   For the biographies of our seven finalists,  please click here.


The 2018 Competition Winners

First Prize: Suzanne Karpov
Second Prize: Sarah Hayashi
Third Prize: Sarah Coit
Audience Favorite: Lindsay Metzger

The winners of the 6th annual Handel Aria Competition, from left to right: Sarah Hayashi,  Suzanne KarpovLindsay Metzger, and Sarah Coit. Photo by David Peterson.

For more information about the 2018 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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Suzanne Karpov singing