Baritone from Armenia Navasard Hakobyan won the 34th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. The musician will receive $10,000, Culturavrn.ru reported, citing the Houston Grand Opera (HGO).
Soprano Amanda Batista of New York took second place, who received $5,000. The $3,000 third-place prize was won by South Korean bass-baritone Jongwon Han. He also won the audience award.
“HGO’s 34th Concert of Arias was an awe-inspiring evening, full of beautiful music and spirited competition. The rising stars who took the Wortham stage hold the keys to the future of this artform, and I’m happy to share that the future is looking bright indeed,” said Khori Dastoor, HGO General Director and CEO, in an official statement.