Houston, TX.—February 8, 2013: Houston Grand Opera today announced the winners for the annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers.

1st Place prize of $10,000 was awarded to bass--‐baritone Thomas Richards who sang “O Beauty” from Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd and “La calunnia” from The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini.

2nd Place prize of $5,000 place was won by soprano Sydney Mancasola. She sang both Richard Strauss’s “Presentation of the Rose" from Der Rosenkavalier and “Par le rang” from The Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti. Ms. Mancasola also won the Audience Choice Award which includes a prize of $1000.

3rd Place prize of $3,000 went to mezzo soprano Sarah Larsen who sang “This Journey” from Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie and "Il m’en souvient” from Hector Berlioz's Beatrice and Benedict.

Accompanied by HGO’s Associate Music Director Eric Melear, eight finalists competed; the winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges that included HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers and HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech. Serving as guest judge was renowned American composer and HGO Studio co--‐founder Carlisle Floyd.


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