Elizabeth Connell Prize International Singing Competition Announces 2024 Winners

By Francisco Salazar

The Elizabeth Connell Prize International Singing Competition has announced its 2024 winners.

The first prize went to New Zealand soprano Eliza Boom, while the second prize and audience prize went to the Ukrainian soprano Yuliya Pogrebnyak. Finally, the third prize was awarded to the New Zealand soprano Madison Horman.

The jury was led by Dame Anne Evans; David Gowland, Artistic Director, Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, ROH Covent Garden; Bernadette Cullen; Isabel Murphy, Selection committee for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and casting advisor to Longborough Festival’s Ring Cycle; and Fiona Janes.

Elizabeth Connell was a South African dramatic soprano, who attained international acclaim for her performances throughout her career. She began her professional life singing as a mezzo-soprano before transitioning to soprano. Her repertoire ranged from Rossini, Mozart and Bellini, to Strauss, Verdi, and Wagner.