The Pittsburgh Festival Opera has announced the winners of this year’s Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, focused exclusively on mezzo-sopranos.
From over 150 applicants, 13 finalists had been named, with four artists ultimately placing.
Kate Tombaugh took home the top prize while the second prize went to Talin Nalbandian. Alice Chung and Emily Harmon placed third. The winner of the Dr. and Mrs. Eugene and Barbara Myers Audience Favorite and Encouragement Award was Kimberly E. Milton.
The panel for this year’s competition included Artistic Director Marianne Cornetti, Jane Bunnell, Nancy Maultsby, Susanne Mentzer, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera founder Mildred Miller Posvar. Accompaniment was provided by Robert Frankenberry, Director of the Hans and Leslie Fleischner Young Artists Program. The event producers were Lindsay Lehman and Iain Crammond.
This is the 10th anniversary of the competition.