The Handel Aria Competition is an annual event held in Madison, Wisconsin to promote the performance of Handel’s extensive vocal repertoire.
8th annual Handel Aria Competition
(originally scheduled for Friday, June 5)
will be held on August 21, 2020
Collins Recital Hall, 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. Tickets will be $20, available at the door or online through the Union Theater Box office in July.
We are pleased to announce this year’s panel of distinguished judges:
- John Holiday
- David Ronis
- Alessandra Visconti
The 7th annual Handel Aria Competition was held on 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 Tea Time Recital in Handel’s own parish church, St George’s in Hanover Square, on March 22, 2020. We have provided a travel grant for Morgan, and the London Handel Festival is arranging for her home stay in London as well as professional accompaniment. This prize will also be available for the winner of the 2020 Handel Aria Competition.
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