Soprano Lee Hyun Sung bowing with flowers

The Butler School of Music is proud to announce the Butler Opera International Competition, now in its third year. An international outreach program directed by Professors Darlene Wiley and Tamara Sanikidze, the BOI competitively selects the world's five most gifted pre-professional singers who are ready to launch their careers in opera. The finalists travel to the University of Texas in Austin, where they are presented in concert with the Central Texas Philharmonic, conducted by Stefan Sanders and participate in a week-long festival.

Ticketed Events

This year, three of the five festival events are ticketed. There are two great ways to purchase tickets for all three events: consider a donation to maximize impact for the BOI program, or save money by purchasing a package. 

Donate $100 or more

If you donate $100 or more by August 1, you will receive two tickets in prime seats for each of the three ticketed events during the festival and your name will be printed in the BOI Festival program. Write "Butler Opera International" in the lower left corner of the check. 

BOI Package

Purchase a package to attend all three ticketed BOI events and save 40% on your purchase. Tickets for children under the age of 12 are free.

Festival Schedule

Monday, August 26

Master Class – "The Dynamic Duo," the Coach and the Voice Teacher: What do they really do?

4–6 PM in Jessen Auditorium

Faculty Recital featuring Donnie Ray Albert, baritone; Clifton Forbis, tenor; Rick Rowley, piano; and Miguel Campinho, piano

7:30–9 PM in Jessen Auditorium
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Tuesday, August 27

Panel Discussion with business insiders from Austin Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera and ADA Artist Management

11 AM–1 PM in Jessen Auditorium

Semi-Finalist Recital

7:30–9 PM in Jessen Auditorium
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Sunday, September 1

Grand Concert featuring competition finalists and semi-finalists and the Central Texas Philharmonic led by Stefan Sanders

4–6 PM in Bates Recital Hall
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