All shall have prizes: Texan mezzo rising

All shall have prizes: Texan mezzo rising


norman lebrecht

May 30, 2021

The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s 2021 International Vocal Competition has been won by Erin Wagner, a mezzo-soprano from El Paso, Texas. She’s due to graduate from Juilliard this month.

Ms Wagner wins $25,000 and two New York concerts.

The jury was chaired by Dawn Upshaw.


  • Byrwec Ellison says:

    I don’t understand the thrust of the headline, “All Shall Have Prizes,” which comes off as a mean-spirited put-down. Is Ms. Wagner somehow undeserving? That’s the impression that the headline gives.

    • Peter San Diego says:

      The headline is especially inapt when it refers to a winning competitor: obviously, most of the entrants failed to attain the prize.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      It is an extremely unfortunate choice for a headline. Clickbait, anyone? More New York Post than New York Times.

    • Don Juan says:

      Norman Lebrecht isn’t a trustworthy or credible “Journalist”, keep that in mind.

    • BRUCEB says:

      Usually he uses it when someone already famous gets a meaningless prize. The Naumburg is a legitimate competition that you don’t just “win” because somebody thought you might become sad.

    • Marg says:

      My thoughts too. And it tends to be a swipe at the judging.

  • Dr. Michael Kaykov says:

    A former required piano student of mine at MSM. Not surprised! Brava!