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NH Opera Idol Competition 

Where: Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord 
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, preliminary rounds begin at 9 a.m., final round concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 
Cost: Preliminary rounds are free to attend. Tickets for the final round concert cost $50. 
More info: operanh.org




Singing out
Talent abounds at Opera Idol Competition

09/21/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Opera singers from New Hampshire and beyond will go head to head during the New Hampshire Opera Idol Competition, happening Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Concord City Auditorium. 

“We want people to see that you don’t have to go to Boston or New York to unearth opera talent,” said Faith Wilson, executive director of Opera NH, which is sponsoring the event. “This is an opportunity to come out and hear the talent that’s right in our own backyard.” 
The competition may include up to 40 participants, who are accepted on a first-come first-served basis, and it’s open to anyone. Participants are often college students studying performing arts and students of private voice coaches, Wilson said. 
“It’s amazing to see that New Hampshire has such a large interest in opera,” she said. “We have very talented people in all different age groups.”
The competition will begin with preliminary rounds starting at 9 a.m., which the public is invited to attend for free. For the preliminaries, contestants will perform their choice of three operatic arias in three different languages, one of which must be English. They can bring their own instrumental accompanist, or a pianist will be provided for them. 
“People can pop in and out to see how the rounds are forming and what the competition is like and the talent that’s displayed,” Wilson said. 
Three judges from the opera world will judge the performances, including New York City opera coach and stage director Carol Castel, Hartt School of Music Director of Opera Wayne Rivera and University of New Hampshire Opera Director David Ripley. The judges will be looking at the contestants’ vocal ability as well as performance quality and stage presence.
“The judges will comment after each performance, very much like America’s Got Talent or American Idol,” Wilson said. 
Eight to 12 finalists will be selected to move on to the final round, a ticketed concert with a live audience held Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Finalists will choose one of their three songs to perform. 
“It’s usually their favorite song or their strongest song or the song they think the judges will consider the most difficult,” Wilson said. 
A total of $1,500 will be awarded to the top three finalists selected by the judges, as well as contract roles for some of Opera NH’s 2018 productions, the next of which is La Boheme in April. 
For spectators, the competition is a way to support local arts and the singers who are “trying to get that break,” Wilson said, and to see what the competition is all about, should they be interested in competing in the future. 
“It’s a great opportunity to come see what it’s like,” Wilson said. “We’re hoping that maybe those who attend will get the bug and decide to participate next year.” 





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