George and Nora London Foundation Announces 2023 Competition

By Francisco Salazar

The George and Nora London Foundation Competition for American and Canadian opera singers will hold its 51st event in 2023 with an in-person audience.

The organization said that for the first time since 2020, it will hold its final round at New York’s Morgan Library and Museum on Friday, Feb. 17. The finals will also be live streamed free of charge on the foundation’s website and YouTube channel.

The competition will hand out its George London Award of $12,000 (increased this year from $10,000) to five singers, and Encouragement Awards of $2,000 to the remaining finalists.

The competition will include three days of semi-final rounds, a dozen finalists, and a finals that will showcase the singers alongside pianist Michael Fennelly before a panel of judges and audience at The Morgan Library & Museum’s Gilder Lehrman Hall. E

This year’s panel of judges includes soprano Harolyn Blackwell, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano Susan Quittmeyer, bass James Morris, and former Metropolitan Opera administrator Lenore Rosenberg.

The 2022-23 season of the George and Nora London Foundation at The Morgan concludes with a recital by 2018 George London Award winner Benjamin Taylor, baritone, with pianist Katelan Terrell on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.