Butler Opera International Competition


Felicia Moore, soprano
Courtney Elvira, mezzo soprano
John Noh, tenor
Daewon Seo, baritone
Seunghee Lee, bass


Abigail Rethwisch, soprano
Talin Nalbandian, mezzo soprano
Bian Haoxiong, tenor
Robert Mellon, baritone
Peter Barber, bass

Carl Maria von Weber – Der Freischütz
Schweig, schweig!

Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio
Mir ist so Wunderbar

Richard Wagner – Tannhäuser
Dich, teure Halle
Wie Todesahnung, Dämmrung deckt die Lande / O! du mein Abendstern

Charles Gounod – Faust
Faite-luis mes aveux

Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème
Che gelida manina

Gioachino Rossini – La Cenerentola
Act I Finale


Bedřich Smetana – The Bartered Bride
I would like a word with you, won’t you sit here near me?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni
Sola, sola in buio loco

Georges Bizet – The Pearl Fishers
Au fond du temple saint

Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff
Act 1, Part 2 Opening Quartet

Gioachino Rossini – Il Turco in Italia
D’un bell’uso di Turchia

Gioachino Rossini – The Barber of Seville
Ma bravi! / Dunque io son

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro
Act IV Finale

The Butler School of Music is proud to announce the Butler Opera International Competition, now in its third year. An international outreach program directed by Professors Darlene Wiley and Dr. Tamara Sanikidze, the BOI competitively selects the world’s five most gifted pre-professional singers who are ready to launch their careers in opera. The finalists travel to the University of Texas in Austin, where they are presented in concert with the Central Texas Philharmonic, conducted by Stefan Sanders and participate in a week-long festival. The prizes include international recognition, a professional-grade HD audio, and video recording and an Mp4 recording of the concert with an orchestra as well as over $10,000 USD in prize money. All BOI Festival events will be live-streamed.

The grand concert will be held on September 1st at 4 pm in Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, Tx 78712 with a reception to follow.

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