Leah Crocetto, Quinn Kelsey To Perform Recitals For George London Foundation in 2017-18

By David Salazar

The George London Foundation has announced the singers that will be taking part in its 2016-17 season events.

This upcoming season will feature three recitals with six of the great young stars in the opera world. Of those six four have won the George London Awards over the course of the last eight years.

The first of this series kicks off on Oct. 29, 2017, at 4 p.m. and will feature soprano Leah Crocetto and Baritone Zachary Nelson. Crocetto has been a growing star over the last few seasons, especially after some high-profile performances at the Metropolitan Opera. Nelson won the George London Award in 2012.

The second recital will take place on Dec. 10, 2017, and will feature yet another soprano-baritone combination. This time audiences will hear Marjorie Owens, who won the George Award in 2009, alongside Quinn Kelsey, who is currently making the rounds as “Rigoletto” in San Francisco. They will be accompanied by pianist Myra Huang.

The final recital of the season will feature a different combination, this time starring a soprano and tenor. Heidi Melton, who took home the George London-Kirsten Flagstad Award for a potential Wagnerian singer, will join forces with Errin Duane Brooks, who won the same exact prize in 2017.

The competition proper will take place in mid-February with the awards announced on Feb. 16, 2018.