The Paris Opera Competition will be holding auditions for the Mozart Awards 2017. The Manhattan Opera Studio in association with the POC will be organizing the American qualification round in New York City. Auditions will take place at The National Opera Center on March 5th and 6th 2016.

The winners of this round will go to the finals that will take place on January 2017 at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris. Finalists will receive airfare and stipend for their expenses in France.

The objective of the Mozart Awards is to help young talented singers develop their careers through monetary prizes while exposing them to managers and directors of some of the most prestigious theaters in the world. Winners of the 2017 edition will receive more than 10,000 euros in prizes and participate in concerts in some of the most prestigious theaters of Europe.

In order to apply for the New York auditions, candidates must send an email to with at least two recordings (mp3 or Soundcloud link) or video recordings (YouTube or other similar platform) of contrasting arias, a copy of your resume, a headshot and submit the $32 dollars application fee. Candidates that want to be considered for the special French prize should send an additional recording with an aria sung in the French language. 

We would like to clarify that Mozart Awards is the name of the competition, and singers can present arias by any other composer of the standard opera repertoire from the 18th century until contemporary period.

An accompanist will be provided by the organization however singers may bring their own pianist.

Please click here to submit the application fee

  • This competition is open to singers of all nationalities
  • The age limit is 34 years old by January 2017.

Application deadline: February 25th 2016

Jury for the 2017 American Qualification Round

Pierre Vernes - Founder and President of Paris Opera Competition
Isabelle de Montaigu - General Secretary of Paris Opera Competition
Benoit Renard - Music Director at The Manhattan Opera Studio
Roger Malouf - Assistant Conductor at The Metropolitan Opera House
Carlos Tagle - Artistic Director at The Manhattan Opera Studio
Lewis Ehlers - Lombardo Associates - Opera Artists Agent

For more information regarding the Paris Opera Competition 2017, please click here

The Paris Opera Competition - Mozart Awards is brought to you thanks to the generous sponsorship of:

Toyota - Guerlain - Groupe Dassault - Relais & Chateux - Galerie du Marais - SRC - Le Six Hotel - CSII - Neuflize OBC - Rafaut - Skiset - IMHotel - Fulton - Loxwood - SCC - Mestemacher - Le Groupe de L'Hotellerie - Ets Chapat & Cie - Gosset - De Dietrich