2020 High School Competition

The young voices soared! It was a wonderful event on February 15th when St. Petersburg Opera Guild’ in conjunction with St. Petersburg Opera, celebrated the young voices of Tampa Bay at their 49th annual High School Vocal Competition.

The competition is coordinated and under the direction of Linda Switzer with Melodie Dickerson, David Lawhead and Stephanie Mc Cranie serving as adjudicators. The event at Opera Central, home base for St. Pete Opera, was open to the public, with a reception provided by the members of the Guild

And so, the competition began! So much talent and beautiful voices; nerves were overridden by talent and each competitor provided a delightful and heartfelt performance, making the decisions of the adjudicators so difficult.


The annual HS Vocal Competition co-sponsored by St. Petersburg Opera Guild and St. Petersburg Opera Company for Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Saturday, February 15 at Opera Central

Adjudicators were Melodie Dickson, Stephanie McCranie and David Lawhead.  Accompanists were Teresa Ancaya and Analyn Bailey. Linda Switzer is Chairman of the event. Cash prizes of $750, $500 and $400 awarded. 

At the conclusion of the event, the placements were announced:

First Place: Nicole De Pasquale


Second Place: Daniela Pepe


Third Place: Leigh Ives


Honorable Mentions:
Isabella Ruano and Lindsay Van Allen

Congratulations to all the participants. We so enjoyed your voices and encourage each of you to continue with your vocal studies and, hopefully, will join us once again in our future High School and College competitions.

College & Young Professional Opera Competition

The next College & Young Professional Opera Competition will be held in 2021.