Opera Production Competition

2013-2014 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013-2014 competition!


The guidelines for the next round (for productions produced during the 2014-15 academic year) will be posted in Spring 2015. Stay tuned!

Eligibility and Guidelines

2011-12 Div IV, 3rd Place
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, U of Nebraska

The current competition round is for entries produced during the period of June 1, 2013 to June 15, 2014. Submission deadline is June 30, 2014.

GOAL: To encourage and reward creative, high quality opera productions in:

  • Small professional opera companies
  • Opera training programs, including:
    • Academic institutions
    • Music conservatories
    • Summer opera training programs
    • Opera outreach programs

Eligibility and Guidelines

Eligible productions are those presented between June 1, 2013, and June 15, 2014. The submitting institution or a member of the production staff must be an NOA member, with dues current for 2014. Dues for continuing and new members must be paid online (in the member's area).

2011-12 Div V, 2nd Place
Rosenkavalier, Moores Opera Center

Entrants must upload video to the internet of a complete live performance or dress rehearsal, with audience, of a production.  There must be nothing in the filename, the video itself, or the account name that will identify the producing organization or any personnel involved.

Please see this page for recommended videos services and other technical suggestions.

The videos of the production submitted for consideration by the competition judges must have been produced by one camera in a fixed position from which the frame can encompass the entire stage. Panning and zooming are permitted and encouraged. The videos may not be edited in any way, other than to remove items revealing the submitting institution, i.e. credits/curtain calls, etc. An independent mic system may be used in filming.

Depending on the number of productions entered, entries may be divided into multiple judging levels. The determination of level will be based on such parameters as:

  • Production budget (application section II) Please note the change in this section of the application.  If all or part of your production materials were pulled from stock, you must assign a dollar amount for those materials equivalent to the replacement cost rather than listing the percentages of each as was done in past years.
  • Size of institution’s music program (application section I)
  • Level of vocal training of the singers in the cast (application section III)

Be sure to read and complete the application carefully. In fairness to all entrants, it is imperative that the competition application contain complete and accurate information. Therefore, incomplete and/or inaccurate applications are subject to disqualification. Information contained in the first page of the application will be shared with the judges to help them formulate a standard against which to evaluate the production. The same judges will view all videos in each category.  The judges reserve the right to limit the number of awards in a category if, in their professional opinion, there are insufficient entries deserving of recognition.

Announcements of the winners will be made at the Annual Convention and posted on the NOA website. NOA may, for publicity purposes, please be prepared to submit a production photo if requested.

Electronic Submission Procedure

2011-12 Div V, 1st Place
Idomeneo, U of Memphis

(Paper submissions with physical media no longer accepted!)

The submission must be sent by email to operaprod@noa.org and include in the body of the email or as attachments the following items:

  • a scanned completed application form, with 1 page per file (available as a Word document or PDF form).
  • a copy of your web receipt for the $25 fee per entry, made via the Secure online payment area (external link). Click on Opera Production Competition Entry Fee, add it to your cart, then proceed to checkout.
  • a link to the uploaded video(s)
  • a scan of the complete printed program (it is not necessary to black out any portion of the program)
  • an electronic statement of the director’s concept, explaining choices and approach, to account for any variance from the text; and
  • if applicable, scanned written permission from the work’s publisher or copyright holder authorizing the performance.

Applications received at operaprod@noa.org will be acknowledged with an automated return message.

The judges will be provided with the first page of the application, the director's statement and will view the videos. Therefore, to ensure anonymity of entries, NO identifying references or credits should appear on those materials. Any entry for which the submitted video or explanatory statement reveals the performance venue or the name of any participating NOA member will be disqualified. The submission fee for entries ruled ineligible will not be refunded.


Questions regarding the competition may be addressed to:
Ken Wood, competition chair, at , or to
Robert Hansen, Executive Director, at or by calling 806-651-2857.