• Production Competition

    See the winners of this year's opera production competition

    Pictured: Anna Karenina produced by the University of Houston

  • 2018 New Orleans!

    Save the date!

    The Santa Barbara convention might have just finished, but it's not too early to save the date for next year's convention in New Orleans:

    January 4-7, 2018

  • Argento Chamber Opera Winner

    Congratulations to Tom Cipullo (composer, pictured) and David Mason (librettist), as their work, After Life, has been selected as the 2016-18 Dominick Argento Chamber Opera winner!

  • Santa Barbara 2017

    Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 NOA Convention, which was held in sunny Santa Barbara, CA, from January 5-8 at the stunning Fess Parker Hotel!

  • 2017 Vocal Competition

    The finals of the 2017 Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, were held on January 7, 2017, in sunny Santa Barbara, CA. See the complete list of the winners!

    The competition consists of two divisions: Artist, for ages 25-40, and Scholarship for ages 18-24, and $8,500 in prizes were awarded.

    Pictured: Chelsea Basler, 2017 Artist Division winner

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2018 Convention New Orleans, LA

Opera's Tradition and Rebirth: New Orleans 1796-2018
Laissez les bons temps roulez!

Our next convention will be January 3-7, 2018 in the heart of the Big Easy, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

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Session Proposals

Do you have a great idea for a session you'd like to present at our January 2018 convention in New Orleans?

If so, please submit the Session Proposal form by May 24, 2017 for your presentation to be considered.


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Who is the diverse community? Opera directors, conductors, librettists, composers, vocal coaches, voice teachers, scholars, administrators, other professionals, and enthusiasts involved in the training and mentoring of young singers in college, university, and conservatory opera programs, as well as community-based and small professional opera companies and young artist programs.

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Latest News from NOA

Laverne Monette, "Lift Every Voice" Laverne Monette receives the "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award
Jan 12, 2017 |
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Laverne Monette, a leading soprano in the 60s and 70s and a native of New Orleans, was awarded the NOA "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award at the 2017 banquet in Santa Barbara.

Robert Larsen, Lifetime Achievement Award NOA members who have worked with Dr. Larsen
Jan 11, 2017 |
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Dr. Robert Larsen, Founder and Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera for 37, and Professor Emeritus at Simpson College, was awarded the NOA Lifetime Achievement Award. in absentia, for his significant and enduring legacy of his contribution to the world of opera.

Accepting the award on his behalf was Dr. Virginia Saya (pictured above, far right).

Henry Price, Lifetime Achievement Award Henry Price, 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Jan 10, 2017 |
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Henry Price, noted leading tenor and Professor of Music at Pepperdine University, was awarded the NOA Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2017 for his lifelong contributions to opera and singer training.

Dr. Price was introduced by a tribute by his Pepperdine colleague, Louis Lofquist.

Recent Opera Reviews

San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber Corey Weaver, Photographer San Francisco Opera
Sep 12, 2016 |
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In this series of articles I have been exploring American opera in its many forms. Last month was the upstate New York political drama of Roscoe. This month I saw the Chinese American production Dream of the Red Chamber which had its world premiere at the San Francisco Opera on September 10th 2016. [ continue... ]
Review: World Premiere of Roscoe presented at the Seagle Music Colony Bridget Cappel as Hattie in Roscoe. Photo Credit: James Carnahan
Aug 9, 2016 |
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Seagle is a venerable festival and training program for young singers tucked in the mountains and woods with the rustic feel of a visit to your friend's cottage. Artistic Director Darren K. Woods assembles a cast of 32 singers to perform four shows over a summer season that spans July and August. This season offered something for everyone, including the world premiere of a new American opera entitled Roscoe, by composer Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire. [ continue... ]
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 Enthusiasm for Spoleto 2016 was perhaps best characterized by the reopening of Gaillard Auditorium, the largest of downtown Charleston, South Carolina’s theatre spaces.  After a three-year, two-hundred million dollar renovation, the theatre was one of the festival’s feature attractions. PORGY AND BESS,  the undoubtedly now classic opera set in Charleston was one of four operas presented at the festival, which played from May 28 – June 12.  This review will concentrate on two productions offered at this year’s festival: PORGY AND BESS and  THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL. These two works provided a stark contrast, though both defined the incredible diversity championed by Spoleto through its incredible forty seasons.  [ continue... ]