and Grants

The Foundation supports exceptionally talented young professional opera singers who are still taking early steps and show promise for significant careers. Prizes are awarded through live auditions; singers are selected for auditions through an online application process.

Sullivan Award winners receive $10,000 for career-related expenses and are eligible to apply for additional role preparation grants for the next five years, a unique aspect of the Foundation's commitment to early career singers. These grants are typically designated to assist with musical, dramatic, vocal, and language preparation for new professional roles, or for learning roles in new languages.

2022 auditions will be held on November 6 and 7 in New York City, and applications will be due in late summer. Check back here for details of the 2022 plans, including the online application link and further information about the application materials.



Applicants must have completed their academic training.


They should have sung at least one engagement with a known opera company, orchestra, or other organization using full orchestral accompaniment.


They must submit a copy of a contract or letter of intent for a professional (paid) solo engagement with full orchestra (not a cover) either after the audition date or in the six months prior to the auditions.


Singers coming to the end of full-year Young Artist Programs may be chosen to audition for Sullivan awards; if they are winners, their eligibility for role preparation grants can be deferred until they have graduated from those programs.

Application Materials


Application Form


One-page chronological resume




Professional Contract or Letter of Intent


Endorsement Letter


Video Samples


Sullivan Audition judges have always been distinguished artists and professionals, including:

Betty Allen

Christine Brewer

Vinson Cole

Bruce Donnell

Anthony Fogg

Richard Gaddes

Andrew Jorgensen

David Lloyd

Charles MacKay

Dr. Everett McCorvey

Susanne Mentzer

Erie Mills

Evans Mirageas

John Moriarty

Craig Rutenberg

George Shirley

Marietta Simpson

Theodor Uppman

Frequently asked questions

Can singers with non-traditional career paths apply?

Yes. There is no age limit, but singers should be in the early stages of their careers.

Are singers who are not US citizens eligible to apply?

Yes, if singers are available to audition in New York. The Foundation cannot provide visa assistance; singers without US tax status may be subject to withholding on awards and grants.

Are singers ever called back for a second audition?

No, all singers invited to live auditions are only scheduled for one slot.

Are auditions open to the public?

No, auditions are not open to the public.

Does the Foundation provide pianists for the auditions?

Yes, and singers are also welcome to bring their own pianists at their own expense.

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