Houston Grand Opera Unveils Finalists for 2024 Concert of Arias Competition

By David Salazar

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has announced the finalists for its 2024 Concert of Arias.

The finalists include soprano Alissa Goretsky, soprano Elizabeth “Hanje,” soprano Jouelle Roberson, soprano Jazmine Saunders, tenor Rafael Rojas, bass-baritone Sam Dhobhany, bass-baritone Ziniu Zhao, and bass Edwin Jhamaal Davis.

“There is nothing more important to us at HGO than our annual search for the world’s finest emerging artists. They will define the future of the art form,” said Houston Grand Opera General Director and CEO Khori Dastoor per an official press release issued by the company. “I am grateful that our company has the resources to invest in seeking out and fostering these incredible talents, while expanding the reach of the Butler Studio across the globe. And I cannot wait to spend an inspiring evening immersed in gorgeous arias from the repertoire, sung by these thrilling new voices in opera.”  

The panel of judges includes HGO Principal Guest Conductor, and Music Director of San Francisco Opera Eun Sun Kim; Dastoor; and HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. 

The final performance is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2024 with the winner taking home $10,000. Each finalist will perform two arias during teh showcase. The event will be streamed via the company’s Facebook and YouTube platforms. Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny will host.