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. 

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

Events for August 26–27 have changed locations! See the schedule below for up-to-date information.

Monday, August 26

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

4–5 PM in the Recital Studio, MRH 2.608

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

7:30–9 PM in Bates Recital Hall
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Tuesday, August 27

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

11 AM–1 PM in Bates Recital Hall

Semi-Finalist Recital

7:30–9 PM in Bates Recital Hall
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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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