Friday, July 8, 2016 • Madison, Wisconsin

HAC 3 Winners 2016

The Winners of the 2016 Handel Aria Competition

The 4th annual Handel Aria Competition was an amazing evening of wonderful music by all seven of the finalists selected from the 100 singers who auditioned. The winners of this year’s final round are:

  • Eric Jurenas, countertenor, first prize
  • Christina Kay, soprano (on right), second prize
  • Nola Richardson, soprano, third prize & audience favorite

This Year’s Competition

The 2016 Handel Aria Competition Finals were held on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 pm in Mills Concert Hall, 455 N Park Street  on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in conjunction with the Madison Early Music Festival. Finalists were accompanied by the Madison Bach Musicians under the direction of Trevor Stephenson.

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.


2016 Finalists
The 2016 Handel Aria Competition finalists are pictured above (left to right): Fiona Gillespie Jackson, Christina Kay, Eric Jurenas, Nola Richardson, Adele Grabowski, Elena Snow and Pascale Brigitte Boilard.  Find out more about the finalists!  Biographies


The judges for the final round of the 2016 Handel Aria Competition were:

  • Ellen Hargis, soprano in  The Newberry Consort
  • Christa Patton, Director of the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop
  • Steven Caldecott Wilson, tenor in New York Polyphony

Pre-Concert Lecture

All the World’s a Stage was the title of the  pre-concert lecture about  Handel’s career in London as an oratorio and opera composer presented by Professor Paul Rowe, professor of voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  at 6:30 in Morphy Recital Hall of the Humanities Building.



The Handel Aria Competition was established to encourage emerging singers to explore the repertoire of Handel.   Founders Dean and Orange Schroeder are enthusiasts of the vocal repertoire of George Frideric Handel and lifelong supporters of the arts.

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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.

Learn more about the 2016 Madison Early Music Festival Workshop and Concert Series.

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