Each year, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera opens the new season with our Annual International Vocal Competition. The 2016-2017 season marks the company’s 28th annual vocal competition.

The extensive process allows us to select a range of finalists and nurture them through extensive personal coaching on language, style and presentation, preparing them for their private performance for our elite team of judges. All finalists also receive an opportunity to perform in our fully staged productions.

The first and third place winners in the 27th Annual International Vocal Competition receive their awards. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

Third place winner (left) Janani Sridhar and first place winner, Sol Jin (far right), receive their awards in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 27th Annual International Vocal Competition. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto


In 2016, vocalists may take advantage of these special offers in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 28th Annual International Vocal Competition! A free master class will be offered to all applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions. Finalists selected to perform in the vocal competition will be invited to attend three four-hour free master classes.

Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara and the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Stage Director and Canadian soprano, Evelyn La Quaif, will present the master classes and provide instruction in several areas, including deportment, language, style and presentation at auditions.

Finalists will be given feedback; extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation; and the opportunity to perform in Verismo Opera’s fully staged upcoming productions.  If requested, the judges’ comments will be sent to preliminary audition participants and finalists.

October 31, 2016

Early Bird Registration Fee: $55 through July 31, 2016
Application Fee: $75 beginning August 1, 2016

Vocalists must submit a completed application by the deadline.

Payment may be made securely online at the bottom of the page or by check made out and sent to Verismo Opera, P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, NJ 07024-9024.


• November 7. 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

• November 9. 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

• November 12. 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• November 14. 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

• November 19. 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The preliminary auditions will be held at Yeoryia Megremis Studios in the Epic Building, located at 2067 Broadway on the 5th floor in the Otello Room in New York City, New York in the United States.  The auditions will be adjudicated by a panel of luminary judges including Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara, Maestra Lucy Arner, Maestro Anthony Morss, and Evelyn La Quaif.


January 4, 2017

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Liederkranz Foundation

6 East 87 Street

New York City, New York

A professional accompanist will be provided to all participants at the preliminary and final auditions.

From the finalists, our third party team of judges will select three winners. Each winner will be offered a cash prize to aid in continuing the singer’s growth.

First place – $2,000
Second place – $1,000
Third place – $500

Read about the 2015-2016 finalists.


Download an application here.