Be a part of this year's Mildred Miller International Voice Competition on 21-22 October 2017, as we search for America's best singers. Young professionals aged 18–35 compete for cash prizes and solo roles in the 2018 Festival Season.

Mildred Miller

Join Pittsburgh Festival Opera founder Mildred Miller Posvar and an esteemed panel of judges as they select three winners in public sessions in October.


For singers age 18–35 interested in participating in the 2017 Competition, please see information for contestants.


Semi-Final Round

Saturday 21 October

11:00 am–1:00 pm and 3:00–6:00 pm

Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213


On Saturday, ​a field of 20 semi-finalists will sing for the international panel of judges led by the company founder and competition’s namesake ​Mildred Miller Posvar. The Semi-Final Round is open to the public free of charge.

Free admission

Tickets go on sale shortly!
Box Office: 412-326-9687



Final Round

Sunday 22 October

2:00–5:00 pm

Frick Art & Historical Center
7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh,  PA  15208

Eight singers, selected by the judges from Saturday's Semi-Final Round, will present arias during the Final Round, located in the auditorium at the Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze. Of the eight finalists, three will be selected as winners and a fourth will be selected as “Audience Favorite.” Winners receive cash prizes ranging from $4,000 to $6,000 and resident artist contracts in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2018 summer season.

General Admission

General admission tickets include refreshments during the intermission while the judges deliberate. Students with a valid ID may reserve free tickets in advance. Walk-up student admission with valid ID will be dependent on seat availability.

Tickets go on sale shortly!
Box Office: 412-326-9687


Free parking is available in the Frick's attended parking lot.


VIP Package

VIP package includes preferred seating for the Final Round, and a post-concert reception ​with the contestants and judges in a nearby private home. (Details coming soon!)



Previous Winners

As well as awarding monetary prizes, the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition offers young singers leading roles in productions, helping them develop their performing experience and build their repertoire. Previous MMIVC award winners include:

  • Countertenor ​Andrey Nemzer,​ 2011 first-place winner, was cast in leading roles in Festival productions and went on to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was a third place winner in the prestigious Operalia competition led by Placido Domingo. At the Met, Nemzer covered f​or David Dan​iels in the title role of Handel’s ​Giulio Cesare in Egitto, a role he sang for the first time in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2016 Festival. In 2017, he appeared in the title role of Handel’s ​Xerxes with the Festival Opera.
  • Tenor ​Juan José de León,​ 2012 winner, is a rising star in demand to sing leading Rossini roles. He was showcased at the Festival as Tamino in ​The Magic Flute, a role he also sang as a resident artist at Pittsburgh Opera. He made his M​etropolitan Opera debut in the world premiere of T​wo Boys. He has since sung with the opera companies of La Scala, Paris, Rome, Verona, Mallorca, Stuttgart, and Tel Aviv, among others.
  • Soprano Elizabeth Baldwin​, the 2013 MMIVC winner, received critical acclaim for her performance in the title role of ​Ariadne on Naxos in the 2014 Festival, and has contracts with the San Francisco Symphon​y Orchestra. She was recently seen as Tatyana in E​ugene Onegin at Chautauqua Opera Company and the title role in Tosca at both the California Theater and Opera San Jose.
  • Karen Chia-ling Ho​ placed first in the 2014 MMIVC event. She sang Donna Elvira in D​on Giovanni with San Francisco’s prestigious Merola Opera and made her debut at St. Petersburg Opera (Tampa) as Liu in ​Turandot.
  • Kisma Jordan ​placed first in the 2015 MMIVC competition. Kisma has appeared in multiple recital series around the country since winning the competition and appeared last fall as Michaë​​la with the Western Opera Reserve.
  • Alasdair Kent, first-prize winner in 2016, was hailed in his 2017 appearance with Wolf Trap Opera, and he made his European debut with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. This fall, he performs in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri with the Opéra National de Montpellier, France.


The Frick Art & Historical Center

The Frick logo

The culture and refinement of the Gilded Age is celebrated through the beautiful grounds and breathtaking collections of the Frick Art and Historical Center. The museum and its multiple collections are the legacy of Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick, one of America’s greatest industrialists and art collectors. Visitors view fine and decorative arts and artifacts, magnificent exhibitions and vintage cars and carriages, take part in educational programs and concerts, and enjoy fine dining.