The Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice
International Voice Competition
Sunday March 28, 2021 3pm
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Virtual Streaming Event, available on
Opera Ithaca announces the fifth 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 will be a post-produced streaming event that will be presented on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 3pm. There will be a live-streamed announcement of the winners. The applicants and audience alike are encouraged to watch the competition so that they can participate in the audience favorite vote, to be determined in real time, during the announcement of the winners.
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.
All rounds will take place online. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2021. Eight finalists will be notified on or before February 15, 2021. Those singers invited to participate in finals will select one video that will appear in the competition. The Opera Ithaca staff will select the other video.
(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, and a resume. (2) Pay the application fee of $25 through the button below the form. 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 12 months in order to be considered relevant. Videos may not be spliced or edited for continuity.
Please name your headshot and resume using the formats below. 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 12 months in order to be considered relevant. Please use the following conventions for naming your uploaded files:
Headshot: LastnameFirstname-headshot (e.g. DoeJane-headshot)
Resume: LastnameFirstname-resume (e.g. DoeJohn-resume)
Repertoire for the preliminary round: three video selections showcasing operatic arias with piano dating from the last 12 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Opera Ithaca staff will review the submissions and determine the finalists.
Repertoire requirements for Finals Concert: the eight finalists will be required to submit the original video files (not links) to Opera Ithaca. You are not allowed to replace video files between the preliminary and final rounds. By agreeing to participate in the finals concert, you must give Opera Ithaca permission to stream your videos for a public audience. You will choose a video that will be used for the concert and the Opera Ithaca staff will choose the second video. A panel of 3 independent judges will review the finalists' submissions and select the winners.
Audience Favorite Award: the audience watching the streamed finals concert will be able to vote on the their favorite artist. The vote will be tallied in real time and revealed in the livestream 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 1, 2021
Finalists Notified by: February 15, 2021
Finals Concert: March 28, 2021
General Director, Fort Worth Opera
Bass-baritone, Co-founder, Opera Ithaca
This fee covers the cost of (1) entry into the 2021 Opera Ithaca Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice. The fee covers the administrative costs to review the applications as well as accounting for the development costs for the virtual finals concert and the prize money. Please note, if you need an accompanimental track to be made, Opera Ithaca can help facilitate contact with qualified pianists. You will be responsible for any fees for the pianist.