Five Winners of Metropolitan Opera’s 2024 Laffont Competition Announced

By David Salazar
(Credit: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the five winners of its Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition.

The winners are as follows:

  • Daniel Espinal, 24, tenor (New England Region; Sarasota, FL); Faith P. Geier Award
  • Lydia Grindatto, 28, soprano (Midwest Region; Tijeras, NM); Fernand Lamesch Award
  • Navasard Hakobyan, 25, baritone (Eastern Region; Yerevan, Armenia); Dominique Laffont Award
  • Meridian Prall, 28, mezzo-soprano (Central Region; Fort Wayne, IN); Patricia Misslin Award
  • Emily Richter, 26, soprano (Great Lakes Region; Arlington, VA); The Birgit Nilsson Award of the American-Scandinavian Foundation

Each winner takes home a $20,000 cash prize in addition to several career-based opportunities and exposure.

The remaining finalists, which include Nathan Bowles, Ruby Dibble, Tessa McQueen, Demetrious Sampson Jr., and Eric Taylor will take home $10,000 each.

The Laffont Grand Finals Concert took place on Sunday, March 17, 2024. Denyce Grave hosted the competition while each finalist performed two arias alongside conductor Evan Rogister and the Met Orchestra.