Mary Jacobs Smith
Singer of the Year Competition

Date and Time

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2024
Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. and Sunday 1:30-4 p.m.

Location

First Presbyterian Church (Chapel)
900 Jordan Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

Price

FREE
Who will be crowned 2024 "Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year"?

Information

Chosen from hundreds of applicants, 24 emerging professional opera singers will travel from across the country on March 16 and 17, 2024, to vie for the title of Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year.

Click on the photo of each contestant to visit their website.

The judges:

  • Ann Baltz, OperaWorks™ Founder
  • Luretta Bybee, opera singer; Professor of Voice, Loyola University (New Orleans)
  • Greer Grimsley, world-renowned Wagnerian bass-baritone

The prizes:

  • The Mary Jacobs Smith Award (1st prize) $10,000
  • The Charles Maggio Award (2nd prize) $5,000
  • The Robert J. Murray Memorial Award (3rd prize) $3,000
  • The Lorena Bessey Mangin Memorial Award (4th prize) $2,000
  • The Jennifer White Memorial Award (5th prize) $1,250
  • The Katherine S. Tyrrell Memorial Award (honorable mention - $500)
  • The Dr. & Mrs. Bob Robinson Award (honorable mention - $500)
  • The La Wanda & Ernest Blakeney Award (honorable mention - $500)
  • The Phyllis Linke-Lamb Memorial Award (honorable mention - $500)
  • The Dr. Melvin & Lea Johnson Memorial Award (honorable mention - $500)
  • The Shreveport-Bossier Opera Guild Audience Choice Award ($500)

Featured Artists / Guests

Sarah Rachel Bacani

Sarah Rachel Bacani

Soprano

Joel Balzun

Joel Balzun

Baritone

Katherine Beck

Katherine Beck

Mezzo-soprano

Taylor Comstock

Taylor Comstock

Tenor

Logan Dell'Acqua

Logan Dell'Acqua

Baritone

Gabrielle Gilliam

Gabrielle Gilliam

Soprano

Kaswanna Kanyinda

Kaswanna Kanyinda

Mezzo-soprano

Thandolwethu Mamba

Thandolwethu Mamba

Baritone

Sergio Manzo

Sergio Manzo

Baritone

Brenna Markey

Brenna Markey

Soprano

Raphaella Medina

Raphaella Medina

Mezzo-soprano

Mariam Mouawad

Mariam Mouawad

Mezzo-soprano

Wayd Odle

Wayd Odle

Tenor

Radnel Ofalsa

Radnel Ofalsa

Tenor

Krista Renée Pape

Krista Renée Pape

Soprano

Xavier Prado-Caceres

Xavier Prado-Caceres

Tenor

Abigail Raiford

Abigail Raiford

Soprano

Spencer Reichman

Spencer Reichman

Baritone

Maggie Renee

Maggie Renee

Mezzo-soprano

Kyle Rudolf

Kyle Rudolf

Tenor

Laura Corina Sanders

Laura Corina Sanders

Soprano

Nathan Schafer

Nathan Schafer

Tenor

Taylor See

Taylor See

Soprano