Six young singers share $83k George London awards

Six young singers share $83k George London awards


norman lebrecht

February 17, 2018

The 2018 awards for US and Canadian singers have just concluded.

The big winners are:

GEORGE LONDON AWARDS ($10,000 each):

Lawson Anderson, bass-baritone (31, Atlanta, GA) – George London Award in memory of Kirsten Flagstad, sponsored by the New York Community Trust

Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano (31, Keene, TX) – George London Award

Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano (30, Montreal, Quebec) – George London Award for a Canadian singer, sponsored by Marjorie Laughery

Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano (23, Toronto, Ontario) – George London Award in memory of Leonie Rysanek

Lauren Margison, soprano (25, Toronto, Ontario) – George London Award sponsored by Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation

Benjamin Taylor, baritone (29, Waldorf, MD) – George London Award



  • V.Lind says:

    Lauren Margison comes from a good stable — her father, Richard Margison, is one of Canada’s finest tenors.

  • Una says:

    All North America and where there is both money and philanthropy. At least they won’t have to work in bars and restaurants for lessons! A familiar thing here in Britain and Ireland! Best to them all – a great start out.!

  • V.Lind says:

    Believe me, a lot of musicians have to work in bars and restaurants. These guys were lucky, of course based on their talent.

    When I was a very young undergraduate, I had been dazzled by a soprano in a leading role at the opera one night. I could not believe my eyes when a few days later she was serving in a restaurant I was in. I commented to my (older) companions, who told me it was quite a usual thing.

  • James Conyers says:

    Lawson Anderson stopped working as a business consultant to do what he loved. It’s a good story. His dad, a prominent Atlanta attorney, has been a lifelong opera fan.