For the past 38 seasons, the Cooper-Bing Competition has been an internationally-recognized vocal competition that empowers and celebrates young, emerging artists. This competition discovers talent, reveals artistic opportunity, and engages the next generation into the professional opera community. Join us and cast your vote as finalists compete for a top prize of $10,000! You don’t want to miss this battle of the voices!
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COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES
We adhere to state and federal COVID-19 safety recommendations. Beginning in October 2021, attendees of all Opera Columbus events are required to be fully masked regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, attendees of all Opera Columbus events are required to present a valid ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination (in the form of an immunization card or photo proof of one) or negative PCR test results obtained no more than 72 hours before the event.
In order to streamline entry, CAPA encourages you to use the Bindle App, a free, secure, easy to use digital pass for entrance to their venues. Click here to learn how to set up Bindle, which securely stores your negative test status or vaccination record and allows more efficient entry into the venues.
Use of this app will speed the health screening process at venue entrances, allowing you to reach your seats faster! We are doing all we can to efficiently provide a safe environment in which to enjoy the performing arts.
Use of Bindle is NOT REQUIRED, and no health information is shared with Bindle or CAPA. You can safely store your COVID-19 test results and vaccine records using Bindle’s military-grade encryption, keeping personal identity and health information strictly private.
To read more about CAPA’s safety protocol, click here.
*Guidelines are subject to change
Under the leadership of Irma M. Cooper, Opera Columbus launched its vocal competition in 1983, two years after the company was founded. Ms. Cooper believed a vocal competition would help fill young singers’ need for exposure to, and constructive feedback from, well-respected professionals from the opera industry. The competition has helped to launch the careers of many singers, including world renowned mezzo -soprano Denyce Graves and Metropolitan Opera artists Dina Kuznetsova, Richard Paul Fink, Lucas Meachem, Nicole Heaston, Richard Zeller, Susan Foster, and Alyson Cambridge. Several of Columbus’ performance venues have hosted the event, including the Palace Theatre (1983–1991), the Ohio Theatre (1992), Mees Hall at Capital University ’s Conservatory of Music (1992–2003), Weigel Hall Auditorium at The Ohio State University (2004–2012) and our current venue and new home of Opera Columbus, the Southern Theatre (2013–present). In addition to being a co-founder of Opera Columbus, Ms. Cooper was Director of the Opera Columbus Vocal Competition and served on the Opera Columbus Board of Trustees, where she was honored as a Life Trustee. In 2014, thanks to a generous donation from Arthur and Hetty Bing that will help to ensure the future sustainability of the competition, the name of the event has been changed to the Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition. The competition is also supported by six life trustees and others who made major financial commitments to endow our competition including, Sheldon and Becky Taft, Dr. Henry Sauls, the Ruth and Dick McNeal Fund, Katie and Willie Grové, Lyman Leathers, Johanna Destefano, Polly Lindeman, and Charlie Warner.