George and Nora London Foundation Competition Announces 2024 Edition

By Francisco Salazar

The George and Nora London Foundation Competition for American and Canadian opera singers will hold its 52nd event in 2024, with a public final round at New York’s Morgan Library and Museum on Feb. 16.

The finals will also be live-streamed free of charge on the foundation’s website and YouTube channel. The event will confer its George London Award of $12,000 on six singers, and Encouragement Awards of $2,000 upon the remaining finalists.

A dozen of the best young opera singers from the U.S. and Canada will perform in the final round with pianist Michael Fennelly before a panel of judges and audience at The Morgan Library & Museum’s Gilder Lehrman Hall.

Each finalist will perform one selection, and the winners will be announced to the audience immediately after the judges’ deliberations.

This year’s judges are soprano Harolyn Blackwell, mezzo-soprano Susan Quittmeyer, tenor Dimitri Pittas, bass James Morris, and George and Nora London Foundation President John Hauser.

Past winners of the George and Nora London Foundation Competition include Christine Brewer, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Catherine Malfitano, James Morris, Susanna Phillips, Matthew Polenzani, Sondra Radvanovsky, Neil Shicoff, Richard Stilwell, Dawn Upshaw, and Willard White.