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Vocal Competition

Established in 1978 to identify talented local singers, the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition has grown to become a national competition that has helped launch the careers of the best American young opera stars.  Vocal Competition finalists, including Leah Partridge and Birmingham native Corey McKern, have gone on to perform at major national and international opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera.  Join us for a weekend of incredible music by the best rising operatic talent.


(Singers interested in applying for the competition will find more information on the contestant’s page.)


Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 10:30am

Hulsey Recital Hall, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Hear the stars of tomorrow as 20 outstanding young singers from around the nation compete for over $10,000 in cash prizes and a chance to star in an Opera Birmingham production!


Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 6:00pm

Enjoy an elegant evening of wine and song at the Vestavia Country Club, as five outstanding finalists take the stage! Compare your picks with those of our savvy panel of three judges… Will your favorite win the day?


(Ticket includes concert, cocktails and dinner. Reservations are required. Black tie optional.)