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Semi-Finalists Announced at the Metropolitan Opera's Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition for 2024

19 young singers will compete for a grand prize of $20,000 and a range of other perks


Nineteen young singers have been selected to proceed to the semi-final round of the 2024 Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, which is run by the Metropolitan Opera. The semi-finalists are all aged between 23 and 30, and hail from the United States, Armenia, Australia, China, and Georgia. They were chosen from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants, having progressed through the district and regional rounds.

All semi-finalists will receive a cash prize of $5,000 (which is double the amount that was available in the previous edition of the competition). In addition, those who progress to the finals will undertake a week of training with musical and dramatic coaches from the Met.

The winners of the competition will receive $20,000 and career-making exposure, while all other finalists will receive a cash prize of $10,000.

The singers who have been selected are as follows:

  • Georgiana Adams, soprano
  • Nathan Bowles, tenor
  • Michael Butler, tenor
  • Katherine DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
  • Ruby Dibble, mezzo-soprano
  • Daniel Espinal, tenor
  • Tessa Fackelmann, mezzo-soprano
  • Lydia Grindatto, soprano
  • Navasard Hakobyan, baritone
  • Bethany Jelinek, soprano
  • Ani Kushyan, mezzo-soprano
  • Qirong Liang, mezzo-soprano
  • Tessa McQueen, soprano
  • Gemma Nha, soprano
  • Meridian Prall, mezzo-Soprano
  • Emily Richter, soprano
  • Demetrious Sampson, tenor
  • Eric Taylor, tenor
  • Catherine Thornsley, soprano

Singers who have previously had success in this competition include Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Eric Owens, Stephanie Blythe, Hei-Kyung Hong, Sondra Radvanovsky, Lawrence Brownlee, Michael Fabiano, Latonia Moore, Lisette Oropesa, Jamie Barton, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ryan Speedo Green, and Nadine Sierra.

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