On Feb. 16, the winners of the 47th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition were announced at the end of the competition’s final round.
The 17 finalists were chosen from more than 150 applicants. From these finalists, six were selected for the George London Award and the prize of $10,000 each; three finalists were granted $5000, and the remaining eight were given awards of $1000 each. Panelist judges included Harolyn Blackwell, Rosalind Elias, Nora London, George Shirley, and Richard Stillwell; renowned pianist Craig Rutenberg provided the accompaniment.
The six George London Award winners are:
Bass-baritone Lawson Anderson
Mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis
Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo
Soprano Lauren Margison
Baritone Benjamin Taylor
Awards of $5000 were presented to:
Mezzo-soprano Samantha Gossard
Countertenor Daniel Moody
Soprano Amy Owens
Awards of $1000 were presented to:
Tenor Martin Bakari
Soprano Deanna Breiwick
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Coit
Soprano Anna Dugin
Soprano Jana McIntyre
Tenor Aaron Short
Mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings
The annual competition first began in 1971, and since then over 300 singers have been awarded prizes that total over $2 million. Notable winners of past competitions include Joyce DiDonato, Renee Fleming, James Morris, Matthew Polenzani, Dawn Upshaw, Catherine Malfitano, and Christine Goerke.
On Sunday, March 4, 2018, The George London Foundation’s 2017-18 season will come to a close with a duo recital at The Morgan Library & Museum, featuring soprano Heidi Melton and tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven, both accompanied by Rutenberg.