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.
1Applicants must have completed their academic training.
2They should have sung at least one engagement with a known opera company, orchestra, or other organization using full orchestral accompaniment.
3They 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.
4Singers 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.
2One-page chronological resume
4Professional Contract or Letter of Intent
Sullivan Audition judges have always been distinguished artists and professionals, including: