Metropolitan Opera Announces Semifinalists for 2024 Laffont Competition

By David Salazar
(Credit: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera))

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the semifinalists for its 2024 Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition.

The semifinals are slated for March 11, 2024, starting at 10 a.m. on the Met stage. Audiences will be able to stream them on the Met Opera’s official website.

Here is a rundown of the semifinalists:

Name Voice Type Age Region Hometown
Georgiana Adams Soprano 24 Western Chicago, IL
Nathan Bowles Tenor 27 Gulf Coast Minot, ND
Michael Butler Tenor 24 Eastern Bowie, MD
Katherine DeYoung Mezzo-Soprano 29 Central Traverse City, MI
Ruby Dibble Mezzo-Soprano 28 Midwest Kansas City, MO
Daniel Espinal Tenor 24 New England Sarasota, FL
Tessa Fackelmann Mezzo-Soprano 26 Gulf Coast Ottawa, Canada
Lydia Grindatto Soprano 28 Midwest Tijeras, NM
Navasard Hakobyan Baritone 25 Eastern Yerevan, Armenia
Bethany Jelinek Soprano 24 Upper Midwest Dallas, TX
Ani Kushyan Mezzo-Soprano 27 Rocky Mountain Tbilisi, Georgia
Qirong Liang Mezzo-Soprano 25 Upper Midwest Hangzhou, China
Tessa McQueen Soprano 26 Rocky Mountain Loveland, CO
Gemma Nha Soprano 23 New England Sydney, Australia
Meridian Prall Mezzo-Soprano 28 Central Fort Wayne, IN
Emily Richter Soprano 26 Great Lakes Arlington, VA
Demetrious Sampson Tenor 24 Southeast Atlanta, GA
Eric Taylor Tenor 29 Gulf Coast St. George, UT
Catherine Thornsley Soprano 30 Northwest Flagstaff, AZ

There are seven sopranos, five tenors, six mezzo-sopranos, and one baritone.

The semifinal prize has increased from $2,500 to $5,000 this season.

The final is set for March 17, 2024.