- CCM alumnus and countertenor John Holiday earned first prize in the competition, which came with a $10,000 cash award.
- CCM alumnus Norman Garrett, baritone, earned second prize, with an award of $5,000. This is Garrett’s second consecutive year taking home a prize from the competition.
- Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li, tenor, and CCM alumnus Emmet O’Hanlon, baritone, each received third prize, which came with a $3,000 cash award. This is also Li’s second consecutive year earning a prize at the Lissner Competition.
The Gerda Lissner Foundation holds an Annual International Vocal Competition that is open to men and women 21 to 35 years old, regardless of nationality. A special Wagnerian Division exists within the competition, with an age range of 30-40 years old. The competition is for singers who are pursuing a professional career in Opera, and are judged by a panel comprised of prestigious professionals in the music world. Winners in the competition are granted awards ranging from $2,000 to $15,000, based upon placement in the competition.
CCM is proud to have such fine representation at the Lissner Competition! Click here for the full list of 2013 winners.
About the Gerda Lissner Foundation
The Gerda Lissner Foundation was created by Mrs. Lissner, a Metropolitan Opera subscriber for 77 years, to provide young opera singers with the financial support they need to pursue their craft and excel in the world of Opera. The foundation believes that the encouragement and assistance to young artists toward achieving their goals are imperative for the continuation of this demanding art form.