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SAS Performing Arts
3rd Annual Opera
Vocal Competition  

 SAS Performing Arts 3rd Annual Opera Vocal Competition

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

Competition Awards

1st Prize: $3,000

2nd Prize: $1,500

3rd Prize:  $750

Incentive Grants: $100 

Some past winners have been featured in SAS Performing Arts Concert Opera presentations .


The initial submission process and second round of competition will be online to allow for COVID-19-related restrictions. 

The finalist concert will be held December 4, 2022 in New York City.


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

  • 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.

  • There is no age limit.


  • Through September 30, 2022 : $ 35  Application Fee*

*Application fee is non-refundable.



Luana DeVol - Internationally acclaimed Soprano and Teacher

Vernon Hartman - Internationally acclaimed Baritone - Metropolitan Opera

Amy Johnson - International Soprano and Teacher

Dr. Isola Jones - Metropolitan Opera luminary and Teacher
Deborah Surdi - Former Executive of RCA Records, Soprano, and Arts Administrator

KS Tichina Vaughn - Grammy Award winner, Internationally acclaimed Mezzo Soprano

Stephen Scovasso - Founder and Artistic Director SAS Performing Arts Company And Studios, Inc.

*Judges list as of 7/01 subject to change.



  • Complete the online application

  • The application cut off date is SEPTEMBER 30, 2022.

  • If you have any question, please feel free to contact us at : competitions@sasperformingarts.com

  • Throughout the competition, the decision of the judges is final.


  • Submit three (3) complete arias in, at least, two (2) different languages (one being English).  The submission should be of a good quality audio or video recording. A recording that is not clear cannot be judged.  

  • Each selection should be provided as a separate upload.

  • No repertoire changes are allowed after submission materials are received by SAS Performing Arts Company and Studios, Inc.

  • Your most recent headshot and resume must be downloaded.

  • Please process the application fee online.


  • The Semi-finalists will be announced by email and on social media on October 5, 2021.

  • Each semi-finalist will be invited to submit:

    • One additional video recording in keeping with the repertoire requirements, as noted above.

    • A 250-300 word biography.

  • Instructions to upload these materials to SAS Performing Arts will be sent to each Semi-Finalist and are to be received no later than Sunday October 15, 2022 by 11:59pm. 

  • All Semi-Finalists are hereby informed that we may use their video, biography, and headshot in our publicity and promotional material.

  • If materials are not received by the cut off date and time, participants will be disqualified from the competition unless other arrangements have been made with the company.


  • Finalists will be announced by email, on our social media pages, and in a press release no later than October 20, 2021. All finalists will be featured on our social media and website leading up to our final round. 

  • The Finalist Concert will be held December 4, 2022 in keeping with COVID-19 precautions at the time.

  • The winners will be announced at the end of the Concert.