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Melissa Bradshaw

Mezzo-soprano Eszter Balogh wins 2019 Handel Singing Competition

2:24, 8th April 2019

Following the final on Saturday 6 April, the Handel Singing Competition announced mezzo-soprano Eszter Balogh (pictured) as the 2019 winner.

The finals took place at St George’s, Hanover Square in London in front of a live audience and Balogh won the first prize of £5000, supported by The Carne Trust. The second prize of £2000, supported by London Handel Festival audiences, was awarded to countertenor Patrick Terry; the Audience Prize, supported by Angela Hyde-Courtney, was presented to bass William Thomas; and the Selma D and Leon Fishbach Memorial Awards went to William Thomas and tenor David de Winter.

The adjudicators for this year were Catherine Denley, Michael George, Rosemary Joshua and Ian Partridge, chaired by Jane Glover. The four finalists presented all-Handel programmes accompanied by the London Handel Orchestra, conducted by Laurence Cummings.

In addition to the cash prizes, all four of the 2019 finalists will be invited to give a lunchtime recital in the 2020 London Handel Festival in addition to a showcase concert with Laurence Cummings on 19 September this year. As the winner, Balogh will be invited to give a recital for the City Music Society in October, and also to be a soloist in the Messiah for the Huddersfield Choral Society in December with Jane Glover and the Orchestra of Opera North. Balogh and Terry will also be invited to give a lunchtime recital in the Halle Handel Festival in Germany next year.

Musical director Laurence Cummings said: ‘We had a fantastic Final on Saturday. Four remarkable singers with phenomenal voices and such dramatic range. Bravo to everyone! I am thrilled that we will get to work with Ezster, Patrick, William and David again.’


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