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“The annual [George London Foundation] competition continues to be conducted with dignity, class and an aura of discovery by London’s widow, Nora, whose abiding respect for singers, love of the singing voice and admiration for her husband’s incomparable career pervade the whole valuable enterprise.”

The George and Nora London Foundation for Singers has been honoring, supporting, and presenting the finest young opera singers in the U.S. and Canada for more than four decades.

Since 1971, the annual competition of the George London Foundation for Singers has given its George London Awards, and a total of more than $2 million, to an outstanding roster of young American and Canadian opera singers who have gone on to international stardom – the list of past winners includes Christine Brewer, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Catherine Malfitano, James Morris, Matthew Polenzani, Sondra Radvanovsky, Neil Shicoff, and Dawn Upshaw.

The recital series began at the Morgan Library & Museum in 1995 as a way to give grantees exposure and experience, and, in many cases, a New York debut. Each season consists of three recitals featuring recent award winners sometimes paired with a well-known international artist – often a past George London Award winner.

In September 2022, the foundation was renamed the George and Nora London Foundation for Singers to honor equally the work of Nora London, who ran the foundation as its president from 1985 until 2022.

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Photo by Jennifer Taylor: Winners of the 2019 George London Foundation Awards Competition, and Nora London (center)

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2020 George London Award winners with Nora London, photo by Jennifer Taylor

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