The Handel Aria Competition is an annual event held in Madison, Wisconsin to promote the performance of Handel’s extensive vocal repertoire.
The 8th annual Handel Aria Competition will take place on Friday, June 5, 2020 in the new Hamel Music Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music. The finalists will each perform two arias by Handel, accompanied by the Madison Bach Musicians under the direction of Trevor Stephenson.
The 7th annual Handel Aria Competition • June 7, 2019
First Prize: Morgan Balfour
Second Prize: Emily Yocum Black
Third Prize & Audience Favorite: Jonathan Woody
The 7 finalists for the 2019 competition were chosen from a field of 100 singers from 5 countries. They are, from left to right:
• Morgan Balfour, soprano
• Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone
• Emily Yocum Black, soprano
• Katherine Cecelia Peck, soprano
• Scott J. Brunscheen, tenor
• Ryne Cherry, baritone
• Sarah Moyer, soprano
For more information about the 2019 finalists and judges, please click here.
Exciting news: We are delighted to announce a new cooperative initiative with the esteemed London Handel Festival! Morgan Balfour, our 2019 first prize winner, will be giving a Lunchtime Recital in Handel’s own parish church, St George’s in Hanover Square, in March, 2020. 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.
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.
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.
Please visit our YouTube channel to see past performances by finalists and competition winners including the
Morgan Balfour singing in the 2019 Handel Aria Competition.
Photo by Jeff Turk