George and Nora London Foundation for Singers Announces Its 53rd Annual Competition & Recital by Megan Moore

By Afton Wooten

The 2024-25 season of the George and Nora London Foundation for Singers will present the 53rd edition of the foundation’s annual competition.

The final round of the competition, which is open to the public, takes place on Feb. 21, 2025, at the Morgan Library and Museum. Approximately a dozen singers compete for five George London Awards of $12,000 each. Those finalists who do not receive George London Awards receive Encouragement Awards of $2,000. In addition to the annual competition, the George and Nora London Foundation also presents a recital series to give grantees exposure and experience, and, in many cases, a New York recital debut. The foundation also awards scholarships to promising high school students attending the pre-college program of The Juilliard School.

The judges’ panel features Harolyn Blackwell, John Hauser, James Morris, Dimitri Pittas, and Susan Quittmeyer. Lachlan Glen is the event’s pianist.

Mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, a 2022 George London Award winner will give a solo recital at New York’s Morgan Library and Museum on April 6, 2025. She is joined at the piano by Francesco Barfoed. They present a program of music by Debussy, Mahler, Rossini, and Strauss, and the world premiere of a London Foundation commission to mark the 30th anniversary of the foundation’s recital series.

The George and Nora London Foundation and the George London Award are named for the legendary Canadian-American bass-baritone, one of the great opera singers of the 20th century, and his wife, Nora, who ran the foundation for more than three decades. Previous winners of the competition include Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Ryan Speedo Green, Catherine Malfitano, James Morris, Eric Owens, Matthew Polenzani, Sondra Radvanovsky, Neil Shicoff, Dawn Upshaw, and Willard White.