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SAS Performing Arts 5th Annual Opera Vocal Competition

Part of SAS Performing Arts Company and Studios mission is to focus on recognizing and creating opportunities for emerging artists and helping to support them to the next level of artistic development.

To achieve that, we have instituted a competition for emerging artists. Since our first competition in 2020,  SAS has awarded over $20,000 to emerging artists to assist them in their career development. Past winners have gone on to various young artist programs and make their debuts with major companies across Europe and the United States including The Metropolitan Opera, Tulsa Opera, Florida Grand Opera, The English National Opera, and Staatsoper Berlin.

Dates to TBA

Competition Awards

1st Prize: $3,500

2nd Prize: $1,500

3rd Prize:  $1000 - The Luana DeVol Award for Dramatic Voices

Classical Cross Over Award: $500 - The Frank Surdi Memorial Award

The LC Vaughn Sankofa Memoria Award - $150.00

Incentive Grants: $100  - The Jeanette Reith Larsen Memorial Incentive Award

                                         The Adele T Rossano Memorial Incentive Award



  • The competition is open to all performers who desire a career in opera and classical crossover.

  • The performer's challenge: present to the judges a proper technique, an understanding of the text and   style of the selection through their understanding of the music and lyrics.

  • Classical crossover is a genre that hovers between classical and popular music, and is usually targeted  at fans of both types of music. In the most common type of crossover, classically trained performers  (most often operatic superstars) sing the Great American Songbook, show tunes, or holiday songs.  These submissions must be in English.

  • Age Requirement 18+


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