Giargiari Bel Canto Competition Announces Judges

By David Salazar

The Giargiari Bel Canto Competition has announced this year’s judges.

The panel will include mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, conductor Joseph Colaneri, and manager Alex Fletcher.

Blythe is a renowned opera star who has appeared with such companies as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris National Opera, and San Francisco, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Seattle Operas, among others.

Colaneri, who has conducted productions with the Metropolitan Opera, the San Diego Opera, West Australian Opera, Portland Opera, Teatro Colón, Den Norske Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Chautauqua Opera, is also the music director of Glimmerglass Festival.

Fletcher, who heads Fletcher Artist Management, represents such artists as Sarah Coburn, Anna Devin, Nicole Heaston, Joélle Harvey, Amanda Majeski, Eve Gigliotti, Troy Cook, Limmie Pulliam, Frederick Ballentine, John Holiday, Eric Ferring, Zachary Nelson, Craig Colclough, Ben Wager, Luis Orozco, and E. Loren Meeker, among many others.

The competition is set for Sept. 30, 2022.