Inaugural Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award given in Houston Grand Opera’s 2015 Concert of Arias competition

The inaugural Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award was given to tenor Yongzhao Yu as part of the 27th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias at Houston Grand Opera. A previous First Place winner of the Concert of Arias competition, held each year to identify potential candidates for HGO’s internationally known Studio program, which nurtures young artists who have the potential for major careers in opera, Ana María is proud to endow a $2,000 award to help foster the next generation of talent.

Mr. Yu also won the Audience Choice award in this year’s competition.