Metropolitan Opera Announces Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition Finalists

By Francisco Salazar

The 2024 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition has announced the finalists.

The finals will be held on March 17 at 3 p.m. and will be hosted by Denyce Graves and there will be a special performance from bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green.

Finalists were chosen by a panel of judges comprising artistic leaders from the Met and other companies. During the Grand Finals concert, each finalist will perform two arias accompanied by the Met Orchestra and conducted by Evan Rogister. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $20,000, while the remaining finalists will each receive $10,000.

The Laffont Grand Finals Concert is open to the public and will be audio-streamed live on the Met’s website and broadcast on Metropolitan Opera Radio on the SiriusXM app.

The 2024 finalists, the regions that they represent in the competition, and their hometowns are:

  • Nathan Bowles, 27, tenor (Gulf Coast Region; Minot, ND)
  • Ruby Dibble, 28, mezzo-soprano (Midwest Region; Kansas City, MO)
  • Daniel Espinal, 24, tenor (New England Region; Sarasota, FL)
  • Lydia Grindatto, 28, soprano (Midwest Region; Tijeras, NM)
  • Navasard Hakobyan, 25, baritone (Eastern Region; Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Tessa McQueen, 26, soprano (Rocky Mountain Region; Loveland, CO)
  • Meridian Prall, 28, mezzo-soprano (Central Region; Fort Wayne, IN)
  • Emily Richter, 26, soprano (Great Lakes Region; Arlington, VA)
  • Demetrious Sampson, Jr., 24, tenor (Southeast Region; Atlanta, GA)
  • Eric Taylor, 29, tenor (Gulf Coast Region; St. George, UT)