The winners of the 51st George and Nora London Foundation Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers have been announced.
Following the competition, which took place at the Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, was livestreamed on the George and Nora London Foundation YouTube channel.
The George London Awards for $12,000 were:
Erika Baikoff, soprano (29, Brooklyn, NY), George London Award in memory of Mary Palumbo, sponsored by Donald Palumbo
Amber R. Monroe, soprano (32, Youngstown, OH), George London Award in memory of Kirsten Flagstad, sponsored by the New York Community Trust and the George and Nora London Foundation for Singers
Karoline Podolak, soprano (30, Toronto, Canada), George London Award in memory of Leonie Rysanek, sponsored by an anonymous donor
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor (29, Brooklyn, NY), George London Award in memory of Norma Newton, sponsored by the George and Nora London Foundation for Singers
Ricardo Garcia, tenor (30, Hayward, CA), George London Award in memory of Lloyd E. Rigler, sponsored by The Lloyd E. Rigler and Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, James D. Rigler, President
The George London Encouragement Awards for $2,000 each were:
Elena Villalón, soprano (25, Austin, TX) – Award in memory of Dr. Herbert Appel, sponsored by Susan Appel
Olivia Johnson, mezzo-soprano (31, Jacksonville, NC) – Award sponsored by Mr. Mark L. Villamar, Ms. Esther Milstead and the Argos Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey
Matthew Cairns, tenor (27, Toronto, Canada) – Award sponsored by Barbara Brookes and the Miriam and Arthur Diamond Charitable Trust
Jordan Loyd, tenor (29, Springfield, OH) – Award sponsored by Barbara Brookes and the Miriam and Arthur Diamond Charitable Trust
Alexander McKissick, tenor (31, Madison, CT) – Award in memory of Herbert J. Frank, sponsored by David Shustak and the George and Nra London Foundation for Singers
Joseph Sacchi, tenor (31, Salem, OR) – Award in memory of Howard Solomon, sponsored by the Howard and Sarah Solomon Foundation
William Socolof, bass-baritone (26, White Plains, NY) – Award in memory of Louis D’Angelo, sponsored by Robert Lombardo and the George and Nora London Foundation for Singers
Each finalist performed one selection, and this year’s judges were soprano Harolyn Blackwell, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano Susan Quittmeyer, bass James Morris, and former Metropolitan Opera administrator Lenore Rosenberg. Michael Fennelly was the competition’s pianist.