February 3, 2023 7:30 pm

The Inaugural Duncan Williams Voice Competition Hosted by J’Nai Bridges (BM ’09)

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7:30 PM

The Inaugural Duncan Williams Voice Competition

Hosted by J’Nai Bridges (BM ’09)

The Duncan Williams Voice Competition for Black and Latinx singers, presented by New York City Opera in partnership with Manhattan School of Music, celebrates newcomers with exceptional singing talent who are poised for promising careers. Open to singers in two divisions—Developing Artists (ages 18 to 25) and Emerging Artists (ages 26 and over)—the competition aims to eliminate barriers for Black and Latinx singers. The awards include cash prizes, performance contracts with New York City Opera, and mentorship.

The competition is named for baritone Todd Duncan and soprano Camilla Williams, the first African-American singers to sing with a major U.S. opera company when they made their debuts with New York City Opera.

The Duncan Williams Voice Competition was made possible by the Sphinx Organization’s Sphinx Venture Fund.

Manhattan School of Music’s public programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


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