Brand Snapshot | Glyndebourne Opera Cup

Walpole member Glyndebourne announces the inaugural Opera Cup – an international competition for opera singers designed to discover and spotlight the best young singers from around the world, offering a top prize of £15,000 and a platform for launching an international opera career.

Applications for this prestigious competition open on Monday 2nd October, with the semi-finals and the final of the competition taking place next year and open to the general public. Tickets for the 2018 competition will be on sale later this year.

The competition take place every two years, each time focused on a different single composer or strand of the repertoire, in order to cater for the various specialisms within operatic training and to ensure competitors can be accompanied by an orchestra with instruments appropriate for the period. Eligibility criteria, including age limit, will vary to reflect the chosen theme. This year, the theme is Mozart, with the age limit set at 28.

The competition has been devised by Glyndebourne’s General Director, Sebastian F. Schwarz, who chairs the judging panel. Acting as honorary president will be Dame Janet Baker, whose own early career was fostered by Glyndebourne.

Sky Arts, Glyndebourne’s official UK broadcast partner, will bring the competition to a wider audience with a dedicated TV series. Following each stage of the competition, the series will feature preliminary rounds in a number of international cities, culminating in the finals at Glyndebourne, and will allow audiences to learn more about the individual competitors involved.

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