Alfredo Silipigni

One of our most important events each year is the Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, named after our legendary founder and artistic director. The New Jersey State Opera gives students who aspire for a career in opera the opportunity to win prizes and perform in front of a gala audience.

We are going to be adding more information to this page about our past winners and the history of this important competition.


Winner: Hyung Joo Eom (baritone)
Runner Up: Amanda Zory (soprano)
Third Place (Tie): Joseph Ganser (baritone) and Matthew Ciuffitelli (baritone)


Winner: Kidon Choi
Runner Up: Seok Jong Baek
Third Place: Sueng Hyen Baek


Tenor: Matthew Brown
Matthew Brown, tenor from Fair Lawn, recently won first place in the New York Lyric Opera Theater's NationalVoice Competition at Carnegie Hall. A native of Elgin, Illinois, he has performed with Opera Illinois and also extensively at the university level in diverse roles such as: Don Ottavio, Jean Valjean and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel. He has performed in Italy and studied with Europe's finest coaches, singers and directors while part of the Scuola Italia program for young artists. He is also a five-time National Association of Teachers of Singing award.

Tenor: Lorenzo Miguel Garcia
Tenor Lorenzo Miguel Garcia, a native of San Antonio, Texas, completed his Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Indiana University. His roles at IU included Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier, Amon in Akhnaten and the title role in Werther. In the summer of 2012, he performed the role of Don Ottavio in the Bay View Music Festival's production of Don Giovanni. This past summer, he was a young artist at the Chautauqua Opera where he covered the role of Triquet in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Prior to IU, Lorenzo received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Bass/Baritone: Geeseop Kim
Geeseop Kim is a second-year Master's student at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mark Oswald. His Bass/Baritone has been praised for its "warm rich sound" and "impressive stage presence". Previous credits include Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Ernest' Macbeth, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Pasquale in Don Pasquale. He has recently performed Walter in Luisa Miller, Budd in Albert Herring. Mr. Kim is currently the recipient of a Scholarship and Grant in Voice.