George London Foundation for Singers
2015 Competition Winners
$71,500 IN PRIZES AWARDED
THE GEORGE LONDON AWARD WINNERS – $10,000 EACH
Michael Brandenburg – “Ah, la paterna mano” from Macbeth (G. Verdi),
George London Award in memory of Lloyd Rigler
Adam Lau – “Claggart’s Aria” from Billy Budd (B. Britten),
sponsored by the Lissner Charitable Trust
Julie Adams – “Einsam in trueben Tagen” from Lohengrin (R. Wagner),
George London/Kirsten Flagstad Memorial Award, sponsored by the New York Community Trust
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD WINNERS – $1,000 EACH
Leah Hawkins – “O pallida che un giorno” from L’amico Fritz (P. Mascagni),
Robert Jacobson Encouragement Award
Sean Michael Plumb – “Robert’s Aria” from Iolanta (P. Tchaikovsky),
in memory of Theodor Uppman
Amy Owens – “Durch Zaertlichkeit” from Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail (W. A. Mozart),
in memory of Norma Newton
Megan Marino – “Must the Winter Come So Soon” from Vanessa (S. Barber),
HONORABLE MENTION – $500 each
Andrea Carroll, Soprano
J’nai Bridges, Mezzosoprano
Lauren Michelle, Soprano
Susannah Biller, Soprano
Laura Secord-Haid, Soprano
Benjamin Bliss, Tenor
Courtney Johnson, Soprano
This year’s panel of judges included opera stage director Bruce Donnell, soprano and San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald, former Metropolitan Opera administrator Alfred F. Hubay, George London Foundation President Nora London, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, and tenor and voice professor George Shirley. The competition pianist was Linda Hall.
The Finals took place on Friday, February 27 th in a front of a capacity audience at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.
The George London Foundation holds one of the oldest vocal competitions in the United States and Canada, offering among the most substantial awards to outstanding North American opera singers.
In 2015 there will be 5 awards of $10,000 each, one of which will go to a Canadian singer and another to a singer preparing for a Wagnerian career. There will be 5 Encouragement Grants of $1,000 each. Honorable mentions of $500 will go to all finalists who do not receive an award.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2015,
Preliminaries: February 23 – 25, 2015.
Finals: February 27, 2015, 4pm at The Morgan Library & Museum