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Thank you to our entire Premiere Family for your support in our inaugural year! 


     Jaeman Yoon, Baritone - $5000


     Gerardo de la Torre, Baritone - $2,500
     Kang Wang
, Tenor - $2,500


 Jana McIntyre, Soprano - $750

 Felicia Moore, Soprano - $750


Bryan Murray, Baritone - $500
     Suzannah Waddington, Soprano - $500

OPERAVISION ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT GRANT: in memory of Rita Saponaro Patanè: A tuition-free three week intensive in the City of Giuseppe Verdi, Busseto, Italy with Aprile Millo, Dr. Mária Vetere and Maestro Richard Bonynge; receiving the tools to achieve vocal freedom, advance as an artist, unique but informed by the traditions and style, then taking that immediately to the stage.

     Carami Hilaire, Soprano

CENTRO STUDI ITALIANI ITALIAN LANGUAGE STUDY ENCOURAGEMENT GRANT: An all expense paid month-long Italian language study in Urbania, Italy with Centro Studi Italiani; one of the most respected Italian language and cultural centers in Italy providing Italian language and culture classes to more than 10,000 students from all over the world, in its over 30 year history.

     Siman Chung, Countertenor

 to our over 400 applicants from 10 different countries with 150 semifinalists singing live auditions bringing us to 19 finalists and 9 winners! Special thanks to our illustrious judges for their time and expertise: Ken Benson, Catherine Malfitano, Aprile Millo, Eve Queler, Lenore Rosenberg & Neil Shicoff as well as our inimitable advisory board! Luigi Caiola’s incredible generosity and support was unparalled, as well as Stephen De Maio, Giovanni Eric Passotto, Dennis Zheng and more! The brilliant playing of pianist, Dr. Michael Fennelly, who supported the singers orchestrally with immense attention and nuance was a treasure. We thank everyone most sincerely and are already looking forward to the second year of the competition in November, 2018! Bravi tutti! We believe that Premiere Opera founder, Ed Rosen, would be quite honored and proud of what we all have accomplished!"

If you like what you saw and heard from the 2017 Premiere Opera International Vocal Compeition, please help our efforts and consider donating (501c3 tax deductible) what you can to support the future stars of our great opera stages. If you are unable to give, please forward this information along to friends and family who may be interested. To Donate, please email us at:  

If you are
interested in sponsoring an award with the possibility, if you wish, of presentation to recipient
and applicable naming rights, please contact us directly

Thank you again very much for your continued support, friends! 

Most Sincerely,

Eric Margiore - Founder



Our Vocal Competition is dedicated to discovering and 
honoring the most promising, up and coming opera singers in the world today, through one of the most esteemed operatic judging panels ever assembled! Our mission is to enhance the careers of our participants through both financial and ongoing advisory support. We also wish to honor the memory of famed opera producer, Ed Rosen, our beloved founder of Premiere Opera; whose love, support and knowledge of great operatic singing is a legacy which we are dedicated to continuing.    

  • KAREN ASHLEY - Managing Director of Career Development, Alexander & Buono International Academy/Former Director, Domingo-Thornton Los Angeles Opera Young Artists Program & Vice-President Columbia Artists Management 
  • KEN BENSON - Ken Benson Artists/Former Vice-President Columbia Artists Managment 
  • BEATRICE BENZIMaster Vocal Coach/Accompanist, Teatro alla Scala - Milan, Italy 
  • DANIEL BIAGGI - General Director, Palm Beach Opera
  • LUIGI CAIOLA - Caiola Productions, Four-Time Tony Award Winner - Producer 
  • STEPHEN DEMAIO - President, The Gerder Lissner Foundation  
  • WILLIAM FIORELLI - Music Educator, Pianist, Organist/Former NYC Department of Education Principal 
  • ALAN FISCHER - Tenor, Department Chair, Vocal Music, The Governor's School for the Arts
  • WA WA HAO - Tenor & Chief Artistic Advisor of Premiere Opera's Asian Development Team
  • MATTHEW A. HORNER - Senior Vice President, IMG Artists 
  • CATHERINE MALFITANO - World Renowned Soprano/Manhattan School of Music
  • JACK MASTROIANNI - Consultant, IMG Artists 
  • ADA MEI - Soprano, Voice Teacher, Hawaii Opera Theatre & San Francisco Opera Affiliate 
  • APRILE MILLO - World Renowned Soprano/Operavision Academy 
  • KATHY OLSEN - Founder, Encompass Arts 
  • GIOVANNI ERIC PASOTTO - Centro Studi Italiani Italian Language School - Urbania, Italy
  • EVE QUELER - Artistic Director Emeritus Opera Orchestra of New York
  • LENORE ROSENBERG - Music Administrator of the Spoleto Festival USA/Former Assicoate Artistic Administrator at the Metropolitan Opera
  • NEIL SHICOFF - World Renowned Tenor/Former Chief of Opera of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • DEBORAH SURDI - Executive Director Teatro Nuovo & Queens Symphony Orchestra/Former, VP Sony Masterworks & Executive Director Opera Orchestra of New York
  • DENNIS ZHENG - San Francisco Opera Affiliate/Stifel Nicolaus Investment Banking

  • ERIC MARGIORE Tenor & Artistic Development Consultant
  • ED ROSEN - December 15th, 1940 - December 21, 2016, Founder, Premiere Opera

2018 Winners Concert Flyer

2017 Finals Concert Flyer

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