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 took 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. Accompaniment was provided by the Madison Bach Musicians under the direction of Trevor Stephenson. The seven finalists each performed two selections by Handel, one in English and one in Italian. 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 Karpov, Lindsay 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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Check out our channel to see past performances by finalists and competition winners including the 2018 Handel Aria Competition Playlist.