Houston Grand Opera has announced the top three winners of the 34th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. First place went to baritone Navasard Hakobyan, who will take $10,000. Coming in second was soprano Amanda Batista, who will earn $5,000. Taking home the third-place prize of $3,000 will be bass-baritone Jongwon Han; who also won the Audience Choice Award.
Khori Dastoor, HGO General Director and CEO, stated “HGO’s 34th Concert of Arias was an awe-inspiring evening, full of beautiful music and spirited competition. The rising stars who took the Wortham stage hold the keys to the future of this art form, and I’m happy to share that the future is looking bright indeed.”
The judges for this year’s competition included Dastoor, soprano Christine Goerke, HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers, and soprano and HGO Artistic Advisor Ana María Martínez.
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