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. Judges include:

  • Robert Chafin, Assistant Professor of Voice, West Virginia University School of Music
  • Jonathan Eaton, Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Professor of Music/Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies, University of North Texas 
  • Timothy LeFebvre, Associate Professor of Singing, Oberlin College Conservatory
  • Jane Eaglen, Professor of Voice, New England Conservatory, Internationally acclaimed Wagnerian soprano

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 parking is available in the East Campus garage (entrance on Forbes Avenue). Metered street parking is also available on Frew and Tech Streets closer to the theater.

Free admission
Box Office: 412-326-9687

Reserve Free Tickets




Final Round

Sunday 22 October

2:00–5:00 pm

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

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

Get Tickets

Box Office: 412-326-9687


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.



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


VIP Package

VIP package includes preferred reserved seating for the Final Round, intermission reception, and the exclusive afterparty at a lovely home in the nearby historic Schenley Farms neighborhood. Mingle with the winners and esteemed judges over great food and drink, while enjoying music by PFO’s resident harpist, Marissa Knaub. (Detailed information on address, parking, etc., will be emailed to ticket holders.)



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

Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear

OCTOBER 21, 2017 – JANUARY 7, 2018


The Frick is pleased to be the exclusive North American venue for this blockbuster exhibition organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Discover the fascinating world of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day in Undressed, which takes a serious look at an alluring subject. The exhibition illustrates how undergarments reflect society’s changing ideas about the body, morality, and sex, and the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in molding the body to an always changing fashionable ideal.

Enjoy this fascinating exhibition free of charge during the intermission of the Competition, while the judges deliberate.

For more information on Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, please visit The Frick's website.


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.