This season, Pittsburgh Festival Opera will be presenting a special “All Mezzo” edition of the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. Mezzo Sopranos ages 18 and up are encouraged to apply to the online-only competition to receive cash prizes. Prior winners have gone on to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Santa Fe Opera.
In this completely online edition, Artistic Administrator Lindsay Lehman and Hans and Leslie Fleischner Young Artists Program Director, Rob Frankenberry will screen the candidates and select ten finalists. These finalists will then be heard by our esteemed panel of Mezzo All-Stars, including Pittsburgh Festival Opera Artistic Director Marianne Cornetti, and Ms. Posvar herself. The judges will select two arias from each finalist, and they will spend two weeks working with Rob Frankenberry to create personalized tracks of these arias. Each finalist will then be shipped a user-friendly camera to record themselves along with the track. These videos will be uploaded and will then be used to judge the winners.
On Friday, November 6, all ten finalists will be presented in an online concert featuring the high-definition videos that were created by the finalists. The ‘Audience Favorite” prize will be selected based on votes cast from this online performance. Winners will be announced publicly on Sunday, November 8 and presented in an online concert featuring the videos of the First, Second, Third Prize, and Audience Favorite winners.
Applications Due: September 25th, 2020
Finalists Notified: On, or around, October 3rd, 2020
Judges listen to finalist pre-screens and select two final arias: Selections made by October 11th, 2020
Finalists work with Rob Frankenberry: between October 11th and October 28th
Finalists are shipped cameras to record: between October 26th and October 31st. No uploads later than November 1st.
Finals Streaming Concert: November 6th, 2020
Winners Announced and Winners Streaming Concert: November 8th, 2020
Applications are being processed through YapTracker.com.