Judging Criteria

  • During the prescreen and the live auditions the singers will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Coloratura Technique

  • Length and difficulty of coloratura passages
  • Accuracy and excellence of intonation
  • Mastery must be demonstrated on all repertoire selections offered

Beauty/ Quality of Tone

  • Beautiful clear timbre, focused, not breathy
  • Negotiates passaggio well
  • Sound is not pushed or manufactured


  • Excellent diction
  • Performer clearly understands every word they sing
  • The text is interpreted in a sensitive manner


  • Sensitive use of dynamics
  • Excellent rhythm & tempo
  • Phrasing follows the text and makes sense vocally
  • Awareness of interaction with accompanist

Stage Presence

  • Overall impression of performer