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About Us

The George London Awards competition, named after the renowned bass baritone, has been one of the most reliable purveyors of young talent since its founding in 1971.”
Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, April 2012

Our mission

For over 40 years, George London Awards have been given to outstanding young professional opera singers during their early careers, often a difficult time.

Initially created under the auspices of the National Opera Institute, the awards program has been administered by the George London Foundation in New York as a living legacy to George London’s own exceptional talent and generosity.

George London, remembering his own struggle, wished to make the road to success a little easier for future generations of singers.

The Foundation remains committed to his goal.

Our programs

The juried competition for American and Canadian singers awards more than $70,000 annually. Learn more today.

The Vienna Prize features a two-week residency in Austria, an audition with the Vienna Opera, and extensive musical coaching in German repertoire and language. Vienna Prize winners.

Each year the George London Foundation collaborates with The Morgan Library & Museum in NYC to a sponsor events bringing some of the finest performers singing today into one of the most outstanding cultural institutions in the world. The recital series began in 1995 to give grantees exposure, experience, and often, their New York debut. Learn more.

Each season consists of three recitals often pairing a recent award winner with a well-known international artist – many of whom are George London Award winners. Recent recitals have included Michelle DeYoung, Joyce DiDonato, Marcello Giordani, Ben Heppner, James Morris and Dolora Zajick. See our list of past recitalists.

Board of Directors

Nora London President

Nora London was born and raised in Europe, coming to the United States at the end of World War II. She established the New York based George London Foundation in 1995 and is also the honorary president of the George London Stiftung, an Austrian Foundation. Mrs. London is the author of the biography George London: Of Gods and Demons and collaborated on the film, George London: Between Gods and Demons,” issued by Arthaus Berlin in 2011.

William D. Robbins Treasurer

Board of Directors

Liliane L. Brochu
Richard Gaddes
Matthew A. Horner
Alfred F. Hubay
Dr. Marc London
Marina London
Susanne Mentzer
Hope S. Miller
James D. Rigler
William D. Robbins, Esq.
Vera Stern
John Wollberg

Advisory Board

William S. Appleton
Michael Benchetrit
Ken Benson
Linden E. Chubin
Matthew Epstein
Renée Fleming
Andrew P. Garvin
Philip Garvin
Ernst Ludwig Gausmann
James Morris
Ken Noda
Craig Rutenberg
George Shirley
Ruth Sickafus
Peter C. Sutro
Alec C. Treuhaft
Nicoletta Valletti

Honorary Board

Licia Albanese
Martina Arroyo
Harolyn Blackwell
Christine Brewer
Michelle DeYoung
Joyce DiDonato
Nedda Casei
Rosalind Elias
Ruth Falcon
Thomas Hampson
Stephen J. Holowid
Marilyn Horne
Anthony Laciura
Catherine Malfitano
Sherrill Milnes
René Pape
Roberta Peters
Matthew Polenzani
Samuel Ramey
Regina Resnik
Elinor Ross
Neil Shicoff
Teresa Stratas
Dawn Upshaw

Contact Us

Email: info@georgelondon.org
Phone: 212.956.2809