A Toledo, Ohio, woman won first place in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition last week in Pittsburgh.
The competition, run by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, included 21 semifinalists who were chosen from about 200 participants from nine countries. Nine finalists sang at the Mellon Institute.
The first-place winner was Elizabeth Baldwin, 31 of Toledo. The soprano won a $5,000 cash prize and a role in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Summerfest 2014 to be held in July at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland.
Second place went to Erik Van Heningen, a 20-year-old bass from Boston, and third place was awarded to Danielle Messina, a 26-year-old soprano from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.