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See Tomorrow’s Stars Today!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

215 WEST MICHIGAN, JACKSON, MICHIGAN 49201 517-782-3221
Sponsored by the JACKSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

A Competition In Which Operatically Trained Singers Prove They Can Entertain

The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition was formed to honor one of the finest Oratorio Tenors and stage performers of the last century, Harold Alberto Haugh. Upon retirement in 1960, he became active in local theater and starred in six productions for the Comic Opera Guild. Educator (for 34 years) and performer, Prof. Haugh died in 2000, aged 94.

To Enter

COMPETITION RULES

The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition has no top age limit. It is open to all singers who are not professionally represented (under management) and who have not worked full-time as a professional singer. The competition is also intended to promote the variety of fine music produced by the composers of Light Opera. Singers can choose music from light classical sources that provide them a means to show their acting ability.

Many classically trained singers are not as familiar with light opera as they are with grand opera. For a list of Light Opera Showstoppers, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.

SHOWSTOPPERS

Singers will submit a vocal recording to be chosen to compete in the Semi-Final Round, in which they will sing two selections: one from LIGHT OPERA and a technical number of their choice. The goal of the competition is to reward singers who demonstrate that they can act as well as sing. The challenge to the singer is to choose the right numbers to perform: a good technical number and a light opera selection that shows their acting ability to the judges.

APPLICATIONS

Download the Application PDF below to understand the competition rules. When ready, use the entry form, digital or paper, and submit it with the following materials by FEBRUARY 1, 2019:

• A good quality CD or MP3 recording, demonstrating the applicant’s vocal skill. Applicant must include two selections on the recording. The selections should be:

–1. A song or solo from the light opera repertoire

–2. An aria from opera or oratorio
Selections must be well-recorded and clear. A poor recording will be rejected.

• A recent head shot (8 x 10 preferred, 4 x 6 acceptable)

• A check for $40 (add $5.00 if submitting digitally) made out to the Comic Opera Guild, as an audition/application fee and guarantee of appearance.

• OPTION: $50.00 and sheet music of your musical selections if you will require the services of a Guild accompanist.

Download Application PDF for instructions and Mail-In Entry Form

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION PDF

DIGITAL SUBMISSION (option 1)

Click on DIGITAL ENTRY FORM below to submit all the above materials electronically

DIGITAL ENTRY FORM

MAIL-IN SUBMISSION (option 2)

Print out and complete entry form (Page 5) of the application pdf

Send form, photo, recording and check in a single envelope to:

Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition
c/o The Comic Opera Guild
3211 Packard Ann Arbor, MI 48108

All submissions must be received (postmarked, if by mail) by: February 1, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Contestants’ recordings will be adjudicated, and contestants will be notified by mail, or e-mail if they desire, if they have been accepted for the semi-final rounds by February 10, 2019. Audition times are assigned on a first- come, first-served basis.

2019 AWARDS

Prizes will be awarded (by check) from the Harold Haugh competition fund. Prize money has been increased: First place-$3,000. second place $2,000, 3rd place $1,000. All finalists will win $300. In addition. there is a $300 Young Artist award and the $300 Audience favorite award. Please note that the last three awards are independent of the main cash awards. All entrants, including those not chosen for the semi-finals, will be mailed comments. Finalists and semi-finalists will be critiqued by an adjudication panel. Singers will be judged on both vocal technique and artistic presentation.

JUDGING PANEL 2019

Melanie Helton is professor of voice (soprano) and director of the MSU Opera Theatre at the Michigan State University College of Music. She has sung leading roles with the New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, Teatro de Colon, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Washington Opera, and San Francisco Opera Center.

Joan Morris is a popular mezzo-soprano largely identified with popular songs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as with cabaret-style songs written by her husband, composer William Bolcom, and other modern composers. From 1981-2009 Ms. Morris taught a cabaret class at the School of Music, University of Michigan.

Thomas Petiet, baritone, Managing Director of the Comic Opera Guild, has produced more than 50 operettas. His vocal repertory includes lead roles in over 30 operas and operettas, and he has also worked as stage director and translator.

Jane Schoonmaker-Rodgers, soprano, is an Associate Professor of Voice at Bowling Green University. Her past operatic work includes appearances with Ohio Light Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Toledo Opera, Michigan Lyric Opera, Ann Arbor Comic Opera Guild, University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society and others in Michigan, Ohio and New York.

George Shirley, tenor, is The Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music (Voice) and Professor Emeritus at The University of Michigan School of Music. Mr. Shirley’s career as a lead tenor at the Metropolitan opera and international houses is renowned.

David Troiano, tenor, organist and choral director, has appeared in operas, oratorios and voice recitals throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and Europe. He has been COG music director for five operettas and can be heard on the majority of the 40 plus recordings of the Victor Herbert Operettas and Jerome Kern Musicals.

COMPETITION STAFF

John Guidinger, Board Member

Brad Rondeau, Former President of the COG board, has also served as stage director and performer.

Heidi Miles, former COG Board member

Margaret Counihan, professional accompanist, has also served on the Board, as well as performing onstage.

Thomas Petiet

COMPETITION WINNERS

2000 COMPETITION WINNERS
Gary Moss, baritone “Oh, Better Far” Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan)
Marcia Porter, soprano “Meine Lippen...” Giuditta (Strauss)

2001 COMPETITION WINNERS
Michael Ryan, tenor “Fritz’s Rondo” La Grande Duchesse (Offenbach)
Pei-Yi Wang, mezzo-soprano “Una Voce Poco Fa” Barber of Seville (Rossini)

2003 COMPETITION WINNERS
Michael Gallant, tenor “Kleinzach” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
Jessica Medoff, soprano “Czardas” Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss)

2005 COMPETITION WINNERS
William Bennett, baritone “Largo al Factotum” Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Kimberly Dolanski, soprano “Glitter and be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)

2006 COMPETITION WINNERS
Sara Asmar, soprano “Olympia’s Song” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
Nathan Brian, baritone “Come Un Ape” La Cenerentola (Rossini)

2008 COMPETITION WINNERS
Elizabeth Zharoff, soprano “Audition Aria” Die Fledermaus (Strauss)
Nathaniel Peake, tenor ”Dein ist Mein Ganzes Herz” Land of Smiles (Lehar)

2009 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Travis Pratt, tenor “It Ain’t Necessarily So” Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
2nd– Adam Fry, bass “La Calunnia” Barber of Seville (Rossini)
3rd– Carrie Winter, soprano “Quel Guardo il Cavaliere” Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Audience Choice Award Winner – Travis Pratt
Young Artist Winner– Janani Sridhar

2011 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Jenni Bank, mezzo-soprano “I Am Easily Assimilated” Candide (Bernstein)
2nd– Caitlin Cisler, soprano “Glitter and be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
3rd– Kathryn Leemhuis, soprano, “What A Movie.” Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Audience Favorite – Caitlin Cisler

2012 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st–Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-Soprano “Sexy Lady” (Moore)
2nd– Rainelle Krause, soprano “Olympia’s Song” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
3rd–John Riesen,tenor, and Laura Strikling, soprano (tie)
Young Artist Winner - Christian Ketter
Audience Favorite – Johnathan Riesen
Jackson Symphony Contract Winner – Kate Tombaugh

2013 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– John Riesen, tenor “Story of Kleinzach” Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach)
2nd– Anne Slovin, soprano “A Simple Sailor” HMS Pinafore" (Sullivan)
3rd– Timothy Bruno, bass, “Ha! Wie Will Ich Triumphieren” Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
Young Artist Winner - Katy Early
Audience Favorite - John Riesen
Jackson Symphony Contract Winner – John Riesen

2014 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Edward Hanlon, bass “Son Imbrogliato” La Serva Padrona (Pergolesi)
2nd– Rachel Sparrow, soprano “Glitter and Be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
3rd– Alan Palacios Chan, tenor, “A Wand’ring Minstrel I” The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Young Artist Winner - Yazid Pierce-Gray
Audience Favorite - Rachel Sparrow
Jackson Symphony Contract Winner – Isaac Frishman, tenor

2015 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Kisma Jordan, Soprano "Ach, Ich Fuhl’s" -The Magic Flute (Mozart)
2nd– Heather Mc Callum, mezzo-soprano “Cruda Sorte" - L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
3rd– Amy Louise Yekel "My Man’s Gone Now" - Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Young Artist Winner - Kyle White, baritone
Audience Favorite - Rachel Sparrow
Jackson Symphony Contract Winner – Kisma Jordan,sopran0

2016 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Ashly Neumann, sop. “Italian Street Song” Naughty Marietta (Herbert)
2nd– Emmett O’Hanlon, bar. “Ha! Gia Vinta” Nozze di Figaro” (Mozart)
3rd– Josh Lovell, ten. “Ah, Mes Amis” Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)
Young Artist Winner - Ryan Hurley, ten. “A Wand’ring Minstrel” The Mikado (G&S)
Audience Favorite - Conor Angell, bar. “Oh, Better Far” Pirates (G&S)

2017 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Josh Lovell, ten. “Ah, Mes Amis” Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)
2nd– Katy Clark, sop. “Chacun le Sait" - La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)
3rd– Paulina Villareal, mezzo. “Carceleras" - Las Hijas del Zebedeo (Chapi)
Young Artist Winner - Leah Brzyski, sop. "Me llaman la Primorosa" - El Barbaro de Sevilla (Gimenez)
Audience Favorite -Nicole Joseph, sop. "Vilja’s Song" - The Merry Widow (Lehar)

2018 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Irina Medvedeva, sop., "Glitter and Be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
2nd– Angela DeVenuto, sop., “Liebe, Du Himmel" - Paganini (Lehar)
3rd– Jessica Luffey, sop., “Czardas" - Die Fledermaus (Strauss)
Young Artist Winner - Jake Surzyn, bar., "Largo Al Factotum" - The Barber of Seville (Rossini)

Audience Favorite -Julie Gibreath, sop. "Poor Wand'ring One" - Pirates of Penzance (G&S)