Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition
Congratulations to the 2019 Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year
Duke Kim, Tenor
The 2018 Awards & Award Winners
The Mary Jacobs Smith Award
1st prize ($10,000)
The Charles Maggio Award
2nd prize ($4,000)
Reginald Smith, Jr.
The Robert J. Murray Memorial Award
3rd prize ($3,000)
The Lorena Bessey Mangin Memorial Award
4th prize ($1,000)
The Jennifer White Memorial Award
5th prize ($500)
Honorable Mentions ($300 each):
The Katherine S. Tyrrell Memorial Award
The Dr. & Mrs. Bob Robinson Award
The Glenn & Ginger Flournoy Award
The Robert J. Petersen Award
The Dr. Melvin & Lea Johnson Memorial Award
The Opera Guild Audience Choice Award
The Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year, tenor Duke Kim, pictured with the competition and grand prize sponsor Mary N. Smith. Mary sponsors the competition in memory of her mother who loved opera, Shreveport Opera, and was particularly passionate in supporting young artists and seeing them succeed.
The 10 finalists for 2019 Singer of the Year!
The Charles Maggio Award winner, baritone Reginald Smith Jr., with Jodie Glorioso, who sponsors the 2nd place winner in memory of her grandfather.
The Lorena Bessey Mangin Award winner, tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro, with Geoff Mangin, who along with his wife Martha, sponsor the 4th place award in memory of Geoff's grandmother.
The Robery J. Murray Memorial Award winner, baritone Emmett O'Hanlon, with Cynthia Murray, who sponsors the 3rd place award in memory of her husband Robert who was the beloved general and artistic director of Shreveport Opera from 1980 - 1997.
Contralto Leia Lensing won the Jennifer White Memorial Award, and is pictured with Jennifer's parents, Shellye and Doug, who sponsor the 5th place award in Jennifer's memory.
About Singer of the Year
Annually, Shreveport Opera hosts The Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition, Shreveport's only national singing competition. Opera singers from across the country travel to Shreveport seeking the title of Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year, as well as the financial award that accompanies the title. Over the years, competitors have been seen and heard on some of the most famous opera houses in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric, Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera.
Roughly 150 singers go through the preliminary application process of the competition. After careful review and adjudication of all applicants, which is based on submitted recordings, between 20-26 singers are selected to participate in the semifinals in Shreveport. Judges from opera companies across the country hear all of the selected applicants on Saturday and determine the finalists. Those finalists then compete in the Finalists' Competition and Concert on Sunday.