Now in its 140th 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 coaches, casting directors and conductors from the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Houston Grand Opera, as well as leaders from other regional symphonies 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.
2023 - 1st Prize
Houston Grand Opera: Salome, Narraboth
Wolf Trap Opera: Faust, Faust
Detroit Opera: Madama Butterfly, Pinkerton
2023 - 2nd Prize
Georg Solti Accademia
2023 - 3rd Prize
Opera Minnesota: Don Giovanni, Masetto
Trouble in Tahiti, Sam
La Boheme, Schaunard
Carnegie Hall: Faure Requiem Soloist
Opera Louisiane: The Christmas Spider (World Premiere), Fedorov
Houston Opera Studio,
Dancairo, Carmen -
Santa Fe Opera,
Elder McLean, Susannah - Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Onegin - Music
Academy of the West,
Gerda Lissner Award,
Countess, Le Nozze di
Figaro - Merola Opera Program,
Dorabella, Cosí fan tutte- Opera Memphis,
Alto Soloist, Beethoven 9th - New West Symphony,
Alto Soloist, Mozart Requiem - Rhodes College,
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