Three Connecticut residents will compete in a sing-off of epic proportions Thursday night.
The national competition American Opera Final will be held in West Hartford at 7 p.m.
Residents of Simsbury, Hartford and New Haven will all be competing as part of the top 10 finalists.
Channel 3's Kim Lucey spoke with the contestants.
Julie Rumbold, of Simsbury said her goal is to make the audience connect with her.
"I want the audience to feel how I feel in that character," said Rumbold.
Nadia Aguilar, of Hartford, said she loves that Opera allows her to be someone else.
"When I am on stage, I just enjoy telling a story and becoming someone else," said Aguilar.
The opera is open to singers ages 14 through 54.
Kaarin Phelps, of New Haven, said the competition has taught her how to express feelings.
"You get to use your emotions at their strongest. You get to use the biggest spectrum you could of emotions," said Phelps.
The winner will take home $15000 and will be given various performing opportunities.
The event will take place at the Elizabeth Park Pond House.
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