Pictured (from left to right): Michael Brandenburg, Sarah Mesko, Reginald Smith Jr., Nora London, Julie Adams, Julia Dawson, and Adam Lau.

"I would urge every young singer to acquaint himself, better to immerse himself, in all of the arts. The cultivated and versatile human can be sensed in the work of every distinguished artist... It is the attention to such details which will make the difference between talented singers and compelling artists."
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"In an era when several of New York's most appropriate spaces for vocal recitals flout their to present this exquisite art form, New Yorker's have to salute the commitment by the George London Foundation and the Morgan Library and Museum in presenting a yearly series of duo recitals with piano in the intimate Gilder Lehrman Hall." - David Shengold, Classical Voice North America

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The George London Awards competition, named after the renowned bass baritone, has been one of the most reliable purveyors of young talent since its founding in 1971.

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“The elegant recitals & illuminating master classes presented by the George London Foundation are a living testament to the peerless bass-baritone’s talent and generosity.” - F. Paul Driscoll, Opera News December 2009

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The George London Foundation began a series of duo recitals at The Morgan Library in New York City in 1995, often featuring past winners of the competition as a means to create exposure for the Foundation and its grantees.

Singer Spotlight

Meet Sarah Mesko

Sarah Mesko begins the 2015-2016 season in her role debut as Carmen at Washington National Opera in the Domingo-Cafritz Emerging Artists performance. She will join the Metropolitan Opera for their Rising Stars concert tour across the United States and also will cover Malcolm in La donna del lago on the mainstage. In concert, she will appear with the Columbus Symphony in Alexander Nevsky and with the Mercury Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Recently, Ms. Mesko debuted at the Glimmerglass Festival in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica to great acclaim.


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Meet Dimitri Pittas

Tenor Dimitri Pittas began the current season at the Metropolitan Opera singing the role of Cassio in a new Opening Night production of Otello, directed by Bartlett Sher. He also performs the role of Alfred in Die Fledermaus at the Met, and in Japan at the Saito Kinen Festival. On the concert stage, he will sing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and will also be presented in recital by the George London Foundation.


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The George London Foundation fills an extremely important role in the opera world by supporting and encouraging young singers. Join us in our mission; your support enables us to continue working at the highest level for singers of great promise.

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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 opera singers.

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The GLF began a series of duo recitals at the Morgan Library in New York in 1995 often featuring past winners as a means to create exposure for the Foundation and its grantees.

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The George London Foundation for Singers is a 501 (c)(3) corporation supported by tax-deductible contributions from individuals, foundation and corporations.

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