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The Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice

Application period for the Edward M. Mur

Ben Robinson
Artistic Director, Opera Ithaca

Gloria Parker
Executive Director, Insignia Artists Management
Ricardo Lugo
Bass, Metropolitan Opera


Finals Concert

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 PM

Hamblin Hall

Community School of Music and Arts



Opera Ithaca announces the seventh annual Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice to recognize outstanding emerging singers in the operatic field as well as pay homage to the lifetime achievement of the late Maestro Edward M. Murray who served twenty-five years as the director of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and over twenty years as the music director of the former Ithaca Opera Association. The Finals Concert will be live on Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM, following a rehearsal on March 25. The winners will be announced at the end of the concert.


The panel will consist of three judges, including Opera Ithaca Artistic Director, Ben Robinson, Insignia Artists Executive Director, Gloria Parker, and Metropolitan Opera bass, Ricardo Lugo. The audience will also select their favorite singer.



  • First Place: $500

  • Second Place: $300

  • Third Place: $200

  • Audience Favorite: $250

Opera Ithaca uses the application process and competition to consider artists for placement in upcoming productions and the Apprentice Artist Program. 



  • Open to singers of all ages and nationalities, pending ability to get a work visa in the USA. Singers who have sung roles with Opera Ithaca previously or who have obtained contracts for future work with Opera Ithaca are still welcome to apply. All prize winners will be required to fill out a W9 form. Finalists must be willing to participate in person for both the rehearsal (4-7 PM on Saturday, March 25) and the Finals Concert (2 PM on Sunday, March 26).


Application Instructions

  • All rounds will take place online. The deadline for submission is Friday, February 3, 2023. Eight finalists will be notified on or before Monday, February 13, 2023. Those singers invited to participate in finals will select their first aria to sing on the program. The Opera Ithaca staff will select the second aria. 


  • (1) Begin by filling out the application form below. Submit your contact information, voice part, links to three video samples that showcase your operatic singing, headshot, and a resume. (2) Pay the application fee of $25 through the button below the form. The application fee links you to our support page. Select "donate" and enter $25. Applications will not be considered unless the non-refundable fee is paid. If your email address used for the payment is different than the email address on the application, please notify us at so that we can match your payment to your application. Your resume is for internal reference only and will not factor into your eligibility for the competition. Please note videos must be from the last 6 months in order to be considered relevant. Videos may not be spliced or edited for continuity. 


  • Link videos of three arias with piano that showcase your operatic singing by uploading the files to a video streaming service (YouTube or Vimeo, for example - make sure the links are accessible). Please note videos must be from the last 6 months in order to be considered relevant.


  • Repertoire for the preliminary round: three video selections showcasing operatic arias with piano dating from the last 6 months. To keep the playing field level, the arias need to be accompanied ONLY by piano (no excerpts with orchestra or instruments will be accepted). Videos may not be spliced or edited for continuity. Musical theatre or compilation videos are ineligible and will not be considered. If you have any questions about the qualifications of your repertoire, please contact us at The Opera Ithaca staff will review the submissions and determine the finalists. 


  • Repertoire requirements for Finals Concert: finalists are required to submit a list of five contrasting arias (no musical theatre, please). The singer will select the first aria that will be presented and the Opera Ithaca staff will select the second aria. You will be notified about the choice of the second aria prior to arriving for the rehearsal. A pianist will be provided at no cost. Opera Ithaca will not provide transportation or housing for finalists, but we have secured a block of rooms at a discount rate at the Cayuga Blu Hotel for $139 per night.

  • Audience Favorite Award: the audience watching the finals concert will be able to vote on the their favorite artist. The vote will be tallied in real time and revealed during the announcement of the winners at the conclusion of the finals concert. 

  • The application fee of $25 must be paid online, via the "Pay Competition Fee" button. This fee is non-refundable.


Application Deadline: February 3, 2023

Finalists Notified by: February 13, 2023

Dress Rehearsal for Finals Concert: March 25, 2023

Finals Concert: March 26, 2023


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