Now in its 137th 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 casting directors and conductors from the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera, as well as other regional symphony 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.
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.
Ricardo Rivera-Soto joined the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2018. He made his company debut that year as Schaunard in La Boheme and performed the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in 2019.
2017Opera News hailed Joanna Latini “a generous performer with winning personality and a sound both luscious and supple, exuding charm.” In 2019, Ms. Latini reprised her Glimmerglass Festival role of Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles at Versailles Palace in France.
Thomas Glass was a 2017-2019 Studio Artist at Houston Grand Opera, where he made his role debuts as Marcello in La Bohème, Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas and covered the title role in Don Giovanni. In 2019, Thomas was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
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