George London Competition Rescheduled for April

By Francisco Salazar

The 50th annual George London Foundation Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers has been postponed until April.

Originally set for February, the competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious vocal competitions in North America. With the date change, the deadline for online applications will be April 5 and the semi-final auditions for invited singers and the finals (without audience this year) will take place in person in the last week of April.

All events will observe COVID-19 protocols, with judges, singers, and staff appropriately distanced and masked.

The competition will award five singers $10,000 and the remaining finalists will receive Encouragement Awards of $1,000. This year’s competition will feature a jury that includes soprano Harolyn Blackwell, bass James Morris, mezzo-soprano Susan Quittmeyer, and George London Foundation Executive Director John Hauser. The pianist is Michael Fennelly.