Now in its 138th year, the Houston Saengerbund is the oldest continuously operating musical organization in the city of Houston. The Saengerbund Awards are given yearly to encourage and support rising professional singers on the verge of a national career.
The Saengerbund Awards began in 2016. Since that time the support for the contest has grown, and we are able to offer greater prizes to the winners. This year the prizes are as follows:
Past judges have included coaches, casting directors and conductors from the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Houston Grand Opera, as well as leaders from other regional symphonies and opera companies.
Past winners of the Saengerbund Awards have appeared with major companies throughout the USA and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and many others.
2021 - 1st Prize
Third-year studio artist with Houston Grand Opera. Grand Finals winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition: 2nd Prize, Audience Prize, CS Prize, and the Wil Keune Prize.
2021 - 2nd Prize
First-place win in the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s 2021 International Vocal Competition. Renee Fleming Artist – Aspen Music Festival – 2021
2021 - 2nd Prize
Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Winner – 2019 2 nd Prize - Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera – 2019 1 st Prize - Liederkranz Foundation’s Song/Lieder Competition - 2017
A Miami native, Isabel Signoret is a graduate of HGO’s Young Artist Vocal Academy. She will enter the Young Artist Program of the Vienna State Opera in 2021.
Benjamin Dickerson has recently been seen in recital on the stages of Carnegie’s Weill Hall and the Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts. He will enter Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts Young Artist Program in 2021.
Blake Denson, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, was a 2020 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He will become a Studio Artist at Houston Grand Opera in 2020.
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